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  1. What is with the Heat’s hand gesture?

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

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    Did you see this last night? As the Miami Heat were destroying the Orlando Magic they kept making the hand gesture you see in the picture to each other. What does it mean? Shut your mouth. That’s it, according to Mark Jackson on the ESPN broadcast. “Shut your mouth.” Both a reminder to the team…

  2. Miami is a defensive juggernaut. But will it last?

    Oct 30, 2010, 2:53 PM EST

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    Right now, the Miami Heat are the best defensive team in basketball. Yes, we know — you have to be careful about what kind of conclusions you draw from a team three games into a season. Small sample size alert. And it also depends on how you count the numbers — Basketball-Reference has them the…

  3. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where it was like Miami’s dream come true

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

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    What you missed while trying to find the most inappropriate Halloween costume ever for your child…. Heat 96, Magic 70: Before the season Doc Rivers said how good Miami ended up being would depend on how well they defend. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh they would score, but could they defend as…

  4. LeBron James — now with fangs

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:17 PM EST

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    If you were watching closely tonight — like high-def television and basketball obsessed close — you noticed something different about LeBron James tonight in the game against the Magic. He had fangs. His mouthpiece had a Halloween theme, as you can see from this picture tweeted by CNBC’s Darren Rovell. I’d say it’s kind of…

  5. Magic’s Jason Williams suspended one game, will not play against Heat

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:22 PM EST

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    With less than a minute to go in last night’s Orlando blowout of Washington — so long after you tuned out and flipped over to The Office — Jason Williams got ejected. Williams got one of those quick technicals for showing displeasure with a call, one that happened with his team up 30 points and…

  6. Chris Bosh clears everything up: He didn’t leave Toronto to be on T.V., it was that they sucked

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

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    Chris Bosh, stop digging. When you’re in a hole… stop. Don’t worry about what the people in Toronto think of you. Worry about where to be in the offense and how you’re going to defend Dwight Howard. This all started back on Tuesday Bosh was interviewed by a Toronto Star columnist before the Heat’s opening…

  7. Tickets still available for Heat home opener

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

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    We were a little surprised the other day that the Heat did not sell out the building in Philadelphia (although it looked pretty close), but this one is a bit of a shocker: There are still tickets available for the Heat home opener Friday, something first made public by a tweet from Brian Windhorst of…

  8. Winderman: Contraction not a bad idea, just bad negotiations

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:43 PM EST

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    Contraction as collective-bargaining threat is lamentable on so many levels. In does little to advance the process, offers a solution to nothing. But contraction as a means toward competitive renewal? It is an option that should not be summarily dismissed, albeit one better debated at a time other than amid the expiration of a CBA.…

  9. LeBron James finally visiting the low post

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:43 PM EST

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    It’s a myth that LeBron James never got the ball in the post in Cleveland — last season 6.3 percent of his possessions came on a post up, according to Synergy Sports. And he shot 52 percent when he got the ball there. But the perception that James didn’t go into the post enough is…

  10. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Clippers are fun to watch

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:27 AM EST

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    Our game of the night was Kevin Durant doing Durant like things all over the Bulls in the closing minutes. Which was a great choice because after the slog of ugly basketball that was much of Heat/Celtics opening night we needed new energy. But that wasn’t the only good show Wednesday night. Blake Griffin’s first…

  11. Cleveland’s healing process begins with a green light

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:25 AM EST

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    In the five stages of grief, the last is acceptance. Let’s back up. The folks in Cleveland are a long way from that. It’s going to take a few seasons and likely a new star for Cleveland to move past this summer, “The Decision,” and everything that came with it. They’ll be booing LeBron well…

  12. Heat do not sell out Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:51 PM EST

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    Even in down years in a slow market, there are certain teams that just sell out NBA buildings. When the Lakers come to your city, the building is full. Same with the Celtics. The Heat are supposed to be one of those teams. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together? A guaranteed sell out,…

  13. LeBronJames.com relaunches, rebranding effort continues

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

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    What was LeBron listening to in his LeBron Power Beats by Dre on the bus back to the hotel after an opening night loss? A little Wiz Khalifa, some J. Cole, some Jazmine Sullivan. His playlist right now is just one of the tidbits on LeBronJames.com, which relaunched officially this week — not so coincidentally…

  14. Game of the Night: Boston holds off Miami’s late surge

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:04 AM EST

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    Well, the Miami Heat won’t be going 82-0 this season. The experienced Celtics were able to handle the Heat on Tuesday night, winning by a final score of 88-80 and making the Heat look terrible at times, holding Miami to nine points in the first quarter and just 30 points in the first half. The…

  15. David Stern talks technicals. Again.

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:56 PM EST

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    Not one technical was called on a player in the Celtics and Heat season opener. Two teams with guys known for lighting into officials. In the Lakers game Lamar Odom got called for an early offensive foul said, something to the referee but you could see him pause, and just think better of it and…

  16. Poll: Who is the most hated team in sports?

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:38 PM EST

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    In an interview with TNT before the Miami Heat’s season opener, LeBron James said the Heat are “the most hated team in the world” right now. Really? That’s a long and storied list. So we ask you: Who do you think is the most hated team in sports?

  17. Birth of a rivalry: a Heat-Celtics primer

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:36 PM EST

    Miami Heat Media Day

    The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s season opener, 95-89. They would go on to defeat the Cavaliers in six games, paving the way for Cleveland’s end as a contender. They began LeBron James’ year by beating him and they ended his year by beating him. Coincidence? Okay, yeah, probably so. When…

  18. Udonis Haslem speaks of his mother to inspire Heat teammates

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:46 AM EST

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    Udonis Haslem’s mother died this summer. Damn you, cancer. Monday afternoon, with the Heat’s 2006 championship trophy in the room along with just the players, Haslem spoke about it. Passionately. And moved his teammates. Haslem was close to his mother, he spent a lot of time by her side in Miami this past year as…

  19. Where you should hang out if you think the Heat will lose tonight

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:16 AM EST

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    Whiskey Tango All-American Bar & Grill may serve my favorite drink tonight. Free. That is, if you think the Celtics can beat the Heat tonight. See Whisky Tango in Hollywood, Fla., is paying for your bar tab every time the Heat lose (via FanHouse). From the Web site of the tavern. “When you come to…

  20. It’s official for Heat: Joel Anthony, Carlos Arroyo named starters

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:11 PM EST

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    Joel Anthony and Carlos Arroyo just became the two guys every team is going to try to attack. That’s because Monday Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made it official and named Anthony the starting center and Arroyo the staring point guard for the Heat, according to Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel. Nobody sane is going…

  21. Barkley: Miami has to win three championships in the next five years to be a success

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:34 PM EST

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    TNT held their annual NBA media luncheon today, which gave assembled media members the chance to ask TNT personalities Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, and Mike Fratello. PBT wasn’t in attendance, but SLAM Online’s Ben Osborne was. Below is Osborne’s account of what happened when the conversation inevitably turned to the Heat…

  22. Nike unveils new LeBron James spot, knocks one out of the park

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:54 PM EST

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    Nike Basketball’s track record has few blemishes. Their TV spots have taken form as commercial art since Jordan’s rise, and regardless of the player featured, manage to write new, meaningful lines to that player’s mythology. The newest player spotlighted in the Nike commercial catalog is no stranger to ad space, but still portrayed in a…

  23. Heat make final roster cuts, Beverley and Butler out; Heat go big with Magloire

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:57 AM EST

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    It makes sense. If the Miami Heat have a real weakness it’s at the five — they need all the centers they can get. So when it came down to the final two roster cuts Monday, gone was point guard Patrick Beverley and injured forward Da’Sean Butler, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman. Staying…

  24. Dwyane Wade wants to drop “Flash” nickname. As if he gets to choose.

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:46 AM EST

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    You do not get to choose your own nickname. It is given to you, it sticks or doesn’t, but there is an organic process to it. Shaquille O’Neal gave Dwyane Wade the nickname “Flash” and it stuck. Now Wade wants to unstick it. Wade said he no longer wants to go by Flash, according to…

  25. Dwyane Wade practices, Miami Triad returned to full power

    Oct 23, 2010, 5:14 PM EST

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    Yes, Mike Miller is on the shelf. And yes, they are bringing in Jerry Stackhouse to fill a role on the team. But in South Beach, as Dwyane Wade said this morning, the “band is back together.” “We’re excited about having the band back together,” Wade said after the two-hour, non-contact session. “It felt great.…

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