3:02 PM EDT, Mon October 22, 2018
37 mins ago

Heat's Wayne Ellington tired of being a late starter to seasons

Wayne Ellington has been here before, stuck at the starting gate, with the rest of his teammates and the rest of the NBA off to the races. He vows he won't be left as far behind this time. After missing the first 16 games of 2016-17 with a thigh contusion, Ellington has missed the entire preseason...
2 hours ago

Spoelstra, Heat still hoping to make a case for the defense

The goal remains to be defensively elite. "There will be a top five, one way or another," Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Monday after practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. "It doesn't matter what the pace is. It doesn't matter how the league is playing. It doesn't matter how the officials are...
9 hours ago

ASK IRA: Is Bam Adebayo gaining on Hassan Whiteside?

Q: At this point, what does Hassan Whiteside offer over Bam Adebayo? Both are good finishers rolling to the basket but Bam is a far better defender. He can switch onto smaller players and gives much more effort. He is also a better passer (i.e., he actually passes). Other than his contract, why...
Oct 21, 2018

Dwyane Wade taking the long view from 3-point line

Desperate times seemingly always have called for Dwyane Wade for the Miami Heat. But rarely have the Heat -- or Wade -- gone to such lengths for salvation. In Saturday's 113-112 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena, Wade attempted six 3-pointers -- his high since his return last...
Oct 21, 2018

Heat still not centered when it comes to crowd in the middle

The big thing for the Miami Heat continues to be change. At the close of Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Orlando Magic, it was Bam Adebayo on the court for the decisive sequence. The following night in the victory over the Washington Wizards, it was Kelly Olynyk. In Saturday's home-opening...
Oct 20, 2018

Winderman's view: Hornets 113, Heat 112

Observations from Saturday night's 113-112 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena: -- Kemba Walker is going to be a very, very, very rich man this summer. -- Bam Adebayo's energy was just what the Heat needed to spark Saturday's rally. -- Including one Slam Bam Thank You . . ....
Oct 20, 2018

Heat rally from 26 down only to fall in final second to Hornets

If nothing else, the Miami Heat will make their fans sweat this season. Playing to the wire, just as they had in their first two games, the Heat stormed back from a 26-point third-quarter deficit Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena only to fall 113-112 on a Kemba...
Oct 20, 2018

Miami Heat continue without core four on the floor

The Miami Heat continue to find themselves in early-season limbo when it comes to a true portrayal of their roster. As forward James Johnson and guard Dion Waiters continue their ongoing rehabilitations from surgery -- Johnson from a May hernia procedure, Waiters from a January ankle operation...
Oct 20, 2018

Heat Game Day: Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat

A look at the tentative starting lineups and inactives (to be updated an hour before tipoff), as well as referees and a pregame note of note for Saturday's 8 p.m. game between the Heat and Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena (TV: Fox Sports Sun. Radio: 790-AM, 106.3-FM, 710-AM (Spanish), 1140-AM...
Oct 20, 2018

Winderman: Developmental twist intrigues Heat's McGruder | Commentary

If there is a single team in the NBA that stands as a testament to the value of the NBA G League, it well might be the Miami Heat. Nearly half the roster has spent time with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, with two-way players Duncan Robinson and Yante Maten about to head there. And yet, when it came...
Oct 19, 2018

Erik Spoelstra's 11-man rotation? As luck would have it, it could be 13

The question entering training camp for Erik Spoelstra was how he was going to manage an 11-player rotation. Soon the higher math could be up to 13. Because for all the heart and hustle previously exhibited by Rodney McGruder and Derrick Jones Jr., the expectations were tempered by a Miami Heat...
Oct 19, 2018

Josh Richardson addresses trade speculation, emergence as Heat leading man

As he stood in a locker room that was transformed by Kelly Olynyk's game-winning putback with two-tenths of a second to play, Josh Richardson was asked late Thursday night about mental drain. Of that, the fourth-year Miami Heat wing knows plenty. The question centered on, for the first time in...
Oct 18, 2018

Olynyk's last-second basket lifts Heat over Wizards 113-112

It was down to the wire again for the Miami Heat for the second time in as many nights. This time, Kelly Olynyk came up big when needed, scoring a putback basket with two-tenths of a second to play to lift the Heat to a 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. The only...
Oct 18, 2018

Winderman's view: Heat 113, Wizards 112

Observations from Thursday night's 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena: -- Kelly Olynyk . . . when needed most. -- 1-1 looks awfully good at the moment. -- Especially when considering the alternative. -- It is difficult not to project the could've beens in these first...
Oct 18, 2018

Pat Riley told players he is 'pulling the plug' on Butler talks

In another rare confirmation of Miami Heat trade negotiations, a team spokesman confirmed shortly before Thursday night's game that Heat President Pat Riley recently told the team's players he was "pulling the plug" on trade negotiations regarding disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy...

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