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  1. What is going on with the struggling Miami Heat defense?

    Nov 14, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates win over Atlanta Hawks with Bosh and Allen during their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    If you haven’t been watching, if you didn’t look at the numbers, you could easily miss it because the Heat are 6-2 and Miami remains the city you are going to have to go through to get an NBA title. But the Miami Heat defense has been bad this year. They are 24th in the…

  2. Who are the key role players on contending teams?

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    In the NBA, you win with star players (except if you’re the 2004 Pistons, the exception to every championship rule). They’re the guys you lean on in the closing minutes of tight games. The guys that can affect a game with their sheer talent and turn what looks to be a sure loss into a…

  3. Eric Spoelstra talks embracing LeBron, positional versatility

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James talks with head coach Erik Spoelstra during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Heat coach Eric Spoelstra calls what the Heat do position-less basketball — the idea is to have any player be able to play in any spot on the floor if it creates and/or takes advantage of a mismatch. For example, Chris Bosh is the center, but he can knock down threes and you have to…

  4. Ray Allen wants to do more than shoot threes for Miami

    Oct 20, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen is known for threes. This is not going to shock you. I mean, that’s what he does. He shoots, and makes, a ton of threes. Lots of threes. “ALL OF THE THREES” as the kids might say. But if you’ve watched the Celtics closely, you’ve seen that when teams over-commit to stopping Allen on the…

  5. Marvel’s new LeBron James comic book is out there. Literally.

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    LeBron James comic

    Honestly, I’m not quite sure what to say here. We’ll start at the beginning: Marvel and ESPN have teamed up for a new LeBron James comic book, which you can now check out on your iPad or Internet enabled device of choice. This has been in the works for a while and is titled “LeBron:…

  6. Looks like Battier is the other starting forward for Heat

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Shane Battier

    You kind of had to expect this after the playoffs last season. Still, we all know how coaches like to talk in training camp — “It’s an open competition, anybody can win the job.” And all that… manure. That’s what Erik Spoelstra’s been selling about the Heat’s lineups, but I think we can take a…

  7. Miami Heat shooters complain that they are too open

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Grant Hill

    O.J. Mayo wishes he had this problem. Actually, 99 percent of the league wishes they had this problem. With defenses focused on keeping LeBron James from destroying them in the post and Dwyane Wade slashing through them into the lane, the kick-out, spread-the-floor shooters on the Heat get good looks at three. Too good of…

  8. Winderman: Wade’s move to Li-Ning good for marketplace

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    Dwyade Wade

    Left unclear by Dwyane Wade‘s move from Jordan Brand to Chinese brand Li-Ning is whether he had opted for innovation or simply was not offered what he believed to be a commensurate deal. But that’s not the point. The point is this: When the Miami Heat, still arguably the NBA’s most high-profile team, take the…

  9. Miami Heat bomb away from three in preseason scrimmage

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Ray Allen, James Jones

    Judging what an NBA team will look like based on an in-house scrimmage is a lot like trying to tell if a movie is going to be any good from the trailer. It’s an exercise in missed judgment. I mean, “Taken” looked good in a trailer. (Good enough that they made a sequel, I guess.)…

  10. NBA Season Preview: Miami Heat

    Oct 3, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat player LeBron James hoists the championship trophy as team mate Dwyane Wade looks on stage at a rally in Miami, Florida

    Last season: It was not flawless, but it was superb. It was not easy, but it was rewarding. And it was not what they thought it would be, but it was spectacular. The Miami Heat accomplished all of their goals in the 2012 season, that being the only goal they had: win the title. They…

  11. Shockingly, Dwyane Wade likes all the Heat’s new shooters

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    Dwyane Wade won a 2006 NBA title driving, getting fouled, and dishing out to hot shooters on the perimeter. Oh, and there was that Shaq guy and some interesting officiating, but Wade’s relentless attacking and smart playmaking were what got the Heat their first title. The 2012-13 Heat are not going back to that —…

  12. Mike Miller is (surprisingly) ready for training camp

    Sep 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Miller shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during the first quarter in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    I’ll admit it, I was convinced that Mike Miller‘s three-point barrage against the Thunder in last year’s Finals was his way of blazing into glory, as in, off into the sunset. For two years, we’d watched Miller drag a body around that wasn’t just suffering in one part of his body, it was all of…

  13. Shane Battier reminds us that Yao Ming was very good

    Aug 31, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Miami Heat forward Shane Battier was taking questions from fans on twitter Thursday night and one answer was interesting (hat tip to Sheridan Hoops):  Yao Ming RT @LeonD17: @ShaneBattier Best player you played with other than lebron and dwade When you look at Battier’s other teammates over the years it makes sense. Tracy McGrady was…

  14. Krzyzewski helped push Shane Battier toward Miami

    Aug 29, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Shane Battier is an NBA champion, and there may be no other member of the Miami Heat team that seemed to savor the experience of the finals and winning than the veteran forward. But it was Battier’s Duke connections that helped guide him to Miami. When Battier was a free agent following the lockout, he…

  15. Wade says the Heat are still evolving, which sounds like a horror flick concept

    Aug 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Chris Bosh wound up a center, LeBron James turned into a power-point-center, Shane Battier was power forward and Dwane Wade played small forward. The Heat went through a series of radical and unpredictable changes last season on account of both emerging trends in their opponents’ lineups and the injury to Chris Bosh. Up was down,…

  16. Blazers coach Stotts regrets something you don’t remember

    Aug 9, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Terry Stotts

    There are certain interview questions you know are coming: What is your biggest weakness? (“I tend to work too hard.”) And what you may have learned or regret from a previous job. New Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was asked about his biggest regret from his two previous, unimpressive stops as a head coach in…

  17. Winderman: Summer shows love of the three not NBA fad

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    610x-4

    Well, this was quite unexpected, but apparently we’ve arrived in the summer of three love. It started with the Heat dropping a championship-winning barrage of 3-pointers on the Thunder in the deciding game of the NBA Finals, Mike Miller somehow displaying anguish and rapture at the same time while hobbling from arc to arc on…

  18. Michael Jordan to headline Obama re-election hoops fundraiser

    Aug 7, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebs Golf

    Barack Obama had Michael Jordan’s back — the president said the current Olympic team couldn’t touch the original Dream Team. Now, Jordan has Obama’s back. Jordan will headline a celebrity hoops fundraising event with the money going to Obama’s re-election campaign, according to Buzzfeed Sports (via Ball Don’t Lie). The classic was originally scheduled for…

  19. Shane Battier played conga drums with Jimmy Buffett during concert

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:58 AM EDT

    Shane Battier

    It’s good to be the king. Or an NBA champion. Perks come your way. Like, say, getting to play the conga drums with Jimmy Buffett as he performs “Margaritaville” at a concert near your home town. Which is what Shane Battier did. Battier is a Buffett fan — Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie reminds…

  20. The Inbounds: Daryl Morey and the point of no return

    Jul 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Someone asked me two weeks ago why it was that everyone thought Daryl Morey was so good at his job.…

  21. Video: Shane Battier talks NBA title, LeBron James

    Jul 19, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier is one of the more thoughtful guys in the league and you could tell as he got into the circus of the NBA finals that he was trying to soak in the experience. He wanted to enjoy this. This weekend he is in Lake Tahoe for a celebrity golf tournament and swung by…

  22. 50 Observations about NBA Free Agency

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    From time to time, I drop random observations because it’s too long for a tweet and too short for a full post. Also because it allows me to crack jokes, which is really the reason I’m here. That and the money. Mostly the money. Anyway, it’s been a crazy week of free agency. Here are…

  23. Camby will still meet with Heat after Allen signing, sign-and-trade possible

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    They got LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. They got Shane Battier. They landed Ray Allen Friday night. The rich could get even richer. Yahoo Sports reports that Marcus Camby will still visit the Miami Heat on Saturday. How on Earth, with the money the Heat have committed, could they possible add Marcus Camby and…

  24. Ray Allen chooses Miami Heat over Boston Celtics

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you can’t trust the team owner to break news, who can you trust? Miami Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted this Friday night: Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news. Welcome to the family #20!! Ray Allen has chosen the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics for next season.…

  25. Who will Heat target in free agency? Just about everyone.

    Jun 25, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Grant Hill

    The party is still going on in Miami — they will be parading through downtown with the Larry O’Brien trophy on Monday and a whole lot of people are going to be “sick” from work to get down and be part of the festivities. But in the Miami front office, there is no break. They…

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