The Miami Heat, just like their counterparts in Orlando, are one of the newer
franchises in the NBA. They were formed in 1988 during the league's expansion.
Their short history has included even more success than the Magic have witnessed
and has seen fans get their money's worth for Miami Heat tickets. In 24 seasons in
the NBA, the Heat have made it to 16 playoffs, won 9 division titles, 3 conference
titles, and two NBA championships in 2006 and 2012 respectively.
Fans of the Miami Heat have often had the privilege of seeing great players strutting
their stuff on the court. This has definitely helped Miami Heat tickets sell to the
masses. However, the team has never been more star studded than they are at the
present. In 2010, the biggest free agent deals in the history of the NBA saw Chris
Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwayne Wade all make their way to Miami. These were
three of the NBA's best players in their respective positions. However, none of them
had yet won a ring for all their efforts. This was their one chance to come together
and do something special. While opposing fans were angry at the deal, Miami Heat
tickets sold at record rates. Fans could not wait to see the "Big Three" in action.
2010-2011 was a very successful yet ultimately disappointing season. The Heat
had some big wins, including one at Christmas day over the Lakers. However,
they would fall short at the final hurdle as the Dallas Mavericks claimed the NBA
Championship. Was LeBron a choker? Could the Big Three win? These two questions
were emphatically answered in 2011-2012 when they came back to clinch the
NBA Championship in a 6 game series win over the Oklahoma Thunder. Those who
bought Miami Heat tickets were treated to vintage performances from LeBron in
particular, as he dragged the team through the Eastern Conference Playoffs win over
the Celtics almost on his own.
12-6-13: The two-time defending NBA champions look primed for another Finals run. The Heat stringed together 10 consecutive victories, but then lost to the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls. It is odd to see Miami drop two games in a row, especially with both losses being by double digits. However, there is nothing to worry about this early in the season. Dwyane Wade missed both of those contests with knee soreness and an illness. The most important thing in the regular season is health for this Heat team. Miami will most likely be a top-two seed in the Eastern Conference at season’s end.
11-28-13: The Heat continues to roll, having now won eight straight games. Their last four games have all come against inferior competition with Miami beating up on Orlando twice as well as Phoenix and Cleveland. None of their superstars are playing significant minutes and Dwyane Wade is back close to full health. At 12-3 the Heat are second in the Eastern Conference, sitting two games back from the Indiana Pacers in the win column.
11-22-13: This LeBron guy is just unfair. In the last two games for the Heat, both without Dwyane Wade, Miami’s starters sat the entire 4th quarters of their blowout wins. The Heat has won five straight and eight of nine, to sit at 9-3 so far on the season. They have won their last three games by a combined 60 points. The ball movement, defense and ability to “turn it on” has the Heat cruising through the regular season, and most importantly allowing them to limit the minutes of their stars.
11-15-13: It’s mostly just been the usual for the Heat, as LeBron James continues to lead the team in points and assists and they keep winning, holding a decent 5-3 mark in week three. It’s not the usual dominance you see from the two-time defending champs, but one loss can be explained by a random Jeff Green buzzer beater in a one-point loss to the Boston Celtics.
11-8-13: The Miami Heat haven’t exactly looked like reigning NBA champs through the first two weeks of the 2013 NBA season, but they haven’t been slouches, either. With a solid 4-2 record, the Heat have solid wins over the Bulls and Clippers, while their two losses have come against the stacked Nets and a surprisingly tough 76ers squad. It’s not the fast start Heat fans were expecting, but that’s okay, as everyone knows the Heat are built for the playoffs, not for chasing win records during the regular season.
11-1-13: LeBron James and the Miami Heat enter the 2013-14 season on a mission: they are in search of the NBA’s first three-peat in more than a decade. The team’s roster will mostly remain the same as last season’s one, but the organization did add Greg Oden, who has struggled to stay healthy over the course of his professional career. During the preseason, he did throw down a vicious dunk in his long-awaited return to the court. However, the center’s contributions should only be considered a bonus for the two-time defending champions. With Dwyane Wade already hobbled, Chris Bosh, who had a strong preseason, will have to step up as LeBron’s running mate.
10-18-13: Two time defending NBA Champions and have aspirations to three-peat as for the first time since Michael Jordan did it with the Bulls in the 1990s. Lebron James, D-Wade and company begin their quest begins in the 2013 preseason where they stand at 3-2. In the Heats last game Lebron had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal in only 28 minutes on the floor. The Heat are without a doubt still the team to beat in the NBA and will make a deep playoff run once again this season.
10-17-13: Center Greg Oden missed practice on Wednesday due to swelling in his left knee. He had participated in his first five-on-five workout on Monday but apparently that was too much for the injury prone center. It now appears that he will not be able to participate in a preseason game and the Heat have not established a timetable for Oden's return.
8-23-13: The back-to-back NBA Champion Miami Heat will cement their status as a dynasty if they can continue their dominance and achieve a 3-peat. The Heat will bring back the same core from last season’s title team with the exception of Mike Miller, who was waived via the amnesty exception. The Heat took a chance on former number one overall pick, Greg Oden, who will provide much needed depth at the pivot for Miami.
The path through the East becomes much more difficult this season with the return of Derrick Rose. The Bulls will visit Miami on Tuesday, October 29th to open the NBA season. Chicago will make a second appearance in South Beach on Sunday, February 23rd. The Indiana Pacers make their return trip to Miami following last season’s epic Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday, December 18th. Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City will visit on Wednesday, January 29th.
Key Home Games:
- October 29th – Chicago Bulls
- November 7th – L.A. Clippers
- January 26th – San Antonio Spurs
- February 27th – New York Knicks
- March 22nd – Brooklyn Nets
8-2-13: Greg Oden has signed a two-year deal with the Heat. The second season of the deal will be a player option.
7-15-13: The Miami Heat have decided to amnesty forward Mike Miller.
Heat 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 2, Pick 20: F James Ennis (from Hawks).
6-24-13: The Miami Heat can now call themselves two-time NBA champs. After edging the Spurs in what became an epic 7-game series, LeBron James has earned his second ring along with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade will wear his third. At 66-16 the Heat finish with the best record in the NBA and that panned out to be an important achievement considering they were forced to play 2 games sevens, both of which were in Miami. With rumors continuing to swirl around the future of Chris Bosh, the Heat will be limited in terms of acquiring any new talent due to their $85M payroll. Don’t rule out the possibility of veteran guard Chauncey Billups joining the Heat, as he has hinted that he has interest in playing for the club. It will be interesting to see what happens with Chris “Birdman” Andersen who played for league minimum last year but certain proved he is worth more.
2-25-13: As winners of eleven in a row, The Miami Heat are back to playing playing the defending champions they are. Handling the likes of the NBA’s elite such as the Clippers, Thunder, Bulls and even the Lakers has proven that the Heat are strong and capable of contending again. After a slow start to the season out of the gate the Heat have compiled a 24-3 record at home and are undefeated since the all-star break. Lebron James is on an unbelievable tear and is almost a lock for another MVP trophy to add to his collection. Averaging 27 points 8 rebounds and 7 assists, LeBron is a triple double threat on a nightly basis. Dwyane Wade seems to be falling into his secondary role very nicely as he has been more efficient and effective as of late averaging 21 points and almost 5 rebounds and assists a piece. This weekend the Heat will have interesting matchups against the Memphis Grizzles and the New York Knicks.
11-26-12 : With two close calls last week at home, the Miami Heat are one of three teams in the league with 10 wins as the season approaches December. Benefitting from a relatively spaced out schedule, the Heat have a tough task ahead with a game against then San Antonio Spurs followed by a road trip to Brooklyn to face the Nets. Showing no signs of slowing down offensively, the defending champs are allowing an uncharacteristic 100.4 points per contest, ranking them 25th in the league. As the team settles in with it’s new players, one can expect that number to drop drastically as the season progresses.