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  1. Who takes the last shot for Miami? Friday it was Dwyane Wade.

    Jan 8, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    It was a question before the team even went to training camp: In a close end-of-game scenario, who takes the last shot for the Miami Heat? This season, with so many blowout wins, there have been few chances to see how this team will deal with end-of-game scenarios. But Friday night in Milwaukee the Heat…

  2. Heat players nickname themselves “The Heatles”

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Well, this should be gasoline on the fire that is people thinking the Miami Heat’s egos are running amok. During his postgame comments Monday night (via the Miami Herald), LeBron joked that the Heat call themselves “The Heatles” because they sell out every stadium they tour on the road. (The Heatles is a not-so-subtle Beatles…

  3. Chris Bosh’s New Year’s Resolution: average 10 rebounds a game

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    Chris Bosh is not exactly the first scoring option on the Heat. Or the second. But he can rebound. Well, he hasn’t been great at that this season either — he is grabbing 13.3 percent of the available rebounds when he is on the floor, his lowest percentage since his rookie year and well off…

  4. The Heat should really be moving without the ball more

    Dec 29, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The Heat have won 15 of their last 16 games. They are currently 3rd in the league in offensive efficiency, despite the fact that they don’t play at a very fast pace, have put most of their emphasis on defense, and have been without Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem.So talking about how the Heat’s offense…

  5. Miami’s first free agency meeting last summer was with Amar’e Stoudemire

    Dec 29, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    One more time, let’s jump in the WABAC Machine and visit the 2010 summer of free agency to think about how things might have been different… According to the New York Post, at the stroke of midnight opening free agency, Amar’e Stoudemire and his agent were meeting with Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat brain…

  6. Miami Heat slowing it down, still winning

    Dec 27, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    There has been a stylistic debate about the Heat this season — should they run more or slow it down? Frankly Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are fearsome both in transition and in the half court, but what works best for the team? I was in the camp that with the Heat’s pressure defense they…

  7. What did we learn about the Heat? Lakers?

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    On Christmas 2009, LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers thumped the Los Angeles Lakers pretty good, winning by 15. Come June, that game was meaningless. That 2009 game looked a lot like the 2010 Lakers/Heat game. Which is to say, the Heat’s 16-point win has no real predictive value. If these two teams do meet again in…

  8. Tracy McGrady tells Toronto he is no Chris Bosh

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    There was a time when Tracy McGrady was public enemy No. 1 for Raptors fans, he had left Canada for Orlando and the fans felt jilted. He left to join the best players of his day on what everyone thought would be a powerhouse. He left a team without a coach and in disarray. Today…

  9. Game of the night: Miami looks good, but not Dallas good

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:17 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    The first time the Miami played Dallas back in November, the Heat players were still figuring it out. They seemed to be taking turns on offense more than working off each other, they were playing slow, it wasn’t outright confusion but they looked uncomfortable. But after winning a dozen in a row they were past…

  10. Game of the Night: LeBron, Miami outclass Stoudemire, Knicks

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Even if you believe your city has a legitimate reason to hate LeBron James, it might be best to drop it when the Heat come to town. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned this season, it’s that you won’t like LeBron James when he’s angry. LeBron, who has always played well at Madison Square…

  11. Winderman: Stoudemire vs. Bosh moves from free agency to Madison Square Garden

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

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    We’re not sure if Friday’s Heat-Knicks game will match Wednesday’s Celtics-Knicks for drama. But the matchup already has presented Miami and New York with a win-win situation. The Knicks have their singular star in Amare Stoudemire. The Heat have their complete complement in Chris Bosh. Although this will be the first time the power forwards…

  12. Game of the night: A tale of two halves, and the Heat won the last one

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:20 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Miami Heat

    Two such different halves (well, really more like 32 minutes and 16 minutes rather than even halves). One where the Heat fell right into the Hornets’ well-executed game plan. One part where the Heat stopped playing along, the Hornets started missing shots and then it was on for Miami. The 16 trumped the 32 and…

  13. Saturday Starting Five: First quarter LVPs

    Dec 11, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Miami Heat

    Our first quarter is over, so it’s time for that time honored cliche, first quarter MVPs, which usually have nothing to do with four-quarter MVPs. But instead, for our Saturday Starting Five, we’ll be covering those players who haven’t lived up to what their teams have needed, or paid, them to be. Sure, there are…

  14. Canada’s love/hate relationship with the Heat

    Dec 10, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

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    Chris Bosh is not loved in Toronto. At all. He left the Toronto Raptors cold and the feelings north of the border match it. I mean, check this out. It’s not quite in the “LeBron is not loved in Cleveland” category of outright hated, but that is just because Canadians are too nice. Canadians love…

  15. Heat stealing offensive sets from the Lakers, Celtics

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    During those dark, ugly games at the start of the season the Miami Heat offense seemed more like taking turns than some kind of actual offensive sets your high school coach would be proud of. Now that they are winning… there is still a lot of simple sets. Against Utah the other night there was…

  16. Jerry Sloan’s old-school thoughts on Miami’s trio

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Utah coach Jerry Sloan is decidedly old school. Not like Run DMC is old school, I mean more like Sinatra old school Tough minded. Loyal. Movement off the ball not just isolation plays. No free layups. All of that in a good way. But that means sometimes he doesn’t mix as well with the new…

  17. Heat’s struggles against good teams meaningless come playoffs

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    At some point, the Miami Heat are going to have to consistently beat very good teams to reach their goal. That point is in May. Nearly six months from now. Right now, the Heat’s much publicized 3-7 record against teams over .500 is pretty meaningless as a predictor of future success. The Heat team that…

  18. Game of the night: LeBron makes his point, the Heat do not

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    One thing we knew going into this game was the Heat were capable of just blowing out bad teams — 7 of their 11 wins had come by double digits over sub-.500 teams. Make that 8 of 12. For all the hype about the Cleveland fans getting to vent their anger at LeBron — and…

  19. Report: Cavaliers hire team of attorneys to build LeBron tampering case against Heat

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    So Dan Gilbert is over LeBron leaving? Riiiiiight. The Cleveland Cavaliers owner has spent several hundred thousand dollars to pay a team of attorneys to build a tampering case against the Heat that he can then present to the NBA, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The NBA won’t launch an investigation into a tampering…

  20. Winderman: Cleveland an opportunity for Heat to show heart

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    For a moment, let’s move past the powder, the banned T-shirts, the extra security. Instead, let’s move into the moment itself, the heated, contentious atmosphere that will greet the Miami Heat during its Thursday visit to Quicken Loans Arena. It will be as close as the NBA gets to playoffs in early December. And it’s…

  21. Outlining the damning problems of the Heat’s offense

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    This season has gone pretty well for the Miami Heat, don’tcha think? They’re ranked seventh in the league in offensive efficiency, and sixth in the league in defensive efficiency. Aside from offensive rebounding rate, they rank in the top 13 teams in each of the offensive and defensive “four factors” (effective field goal percentage, effective…

  22. Dwyane Wade in the middle of everything wrong with Miami

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

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    Dwyane Wade remains the beating heart of the Miami Heat. He remains the focus, the center of the storm. The Heat are struggling in part because he is struggling — with his shot, with how to play along side LeBron, with the offense, and maybe with this coach. And until he figures it out, the…

  23. Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat players downplay bump, friction reports

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    We just told you there are all kinds of reports about friction in the Miami Heat locker room… Unless you ask the Heat directly. Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel did just that and both players coach Erik Spoelstra downplayed “the bump” and the rumors of locker room dissention. Of the bump with James, Spoelstra…

  24. Miami Heat hold players-only meeting after (latest) disappointing loss

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    The Heat will have to forgive us, the Heat-seeking public, if we’re not overly impressed by this latest overture. It’s not that it wasn’t, that it isn’t, needed, it was and is. It’s a good sign. But it’s just one lost among so many other bad, bad signs. After Saturday night’s 95-106 loss to the…

  25. Heat’s love affair with the long two-pointer strangling offense

    Nov 27, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Miami got back in the win column Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. But the numbers from the winning box score are still jarring. The Heat took 31 shots from 16 feet out to the three-point line — those are long two pointers, the least efficient shot in the game — and another 16 shots…

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