Miami Heat Forget How to Basketball, Lose to Inspired Sixers

One team, the Philadelphia 76ers, played Wednesday night’s 114-110 debacle as if it was the last game they would ever play.

The other, the Miami Heat, played as if they were the back-to-back champions that could care less about a late October matchup with arguably the league’s worst team.

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Miami Heat Receive Rings, Survive Chicago Run to Win Season Opener

On a night where the Miami Heat received their rings and the Chicago Bulls received their former MVP point guard, it turned out that the narratives leading into the game were more of a show than the contest itself.

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Miami Heat Begin Their Quest for a Threepeat with 48 Minutes of Hell

Hardly three years ago, the Miami Heat were being told to break up the band.

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Greg Oden Makes Cameo, Heat Win Thanks to Big Fourth Quarter

Leave it to the Miami Heat to turn a preseason game with the New Orleans Pelicans into must-see TV.

Not only did the Heat put on a show in their 108-95 win, but they also stunned viewers when they substituted Greg Oden in at the 5:15 mark of the second quarter. It was his first appearance in an NBA game since December 5th, 2009, so naturally the Heat were compelled to boost his confidence immediately.

The first play Oden was involved in resulted in gaining a post-up over a smaller defender, backing them down, pump faking, and throwing down his first bucket in nearly four years.

It was the only shot of the night for Oden, who also took two free throws (missing both of them), grabbed two rebounds and played the role of post deterrent with surprising efficiency for a 7-footer who hasn’t played since the pre-Big Three era of Miami.

While Oden will draw the headlines for his appearance, the Heat as a whole were wildly active on both ends of the floor, forcing 23 turnovers and scoring 50 points in the paint.

They were led by LeBron James’ 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting, while Dwyane Wade scored 25 points taking and making the same amount of attempts as his four-time MVP teammate.

Chris Bosh filled up the statsheet with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Chris Andersen was the only other Heat player to score in double-figures, making all five of his field-goal attempts and hitting all three of his free throws to finish with 13 points.

Although the score indicates a typical Heat blowout, it wasn’t until the fourth quarter where Miami actually gained the lead and took over for good. At one point in the first quarter they were down by 15 points as New Orleans racked up 34 points in the first eight minutes of the game.

The Hornets couldn’t sustain their hot shooting for too long after scoring only 12 of their first 63 points from inside of the paint. After starting off 7-of-10 from beyond the arc, the Hornets finished off the game shooting 4-of-15.

New Orleans was led by Eric Gordon’s 19 points on 12 shots. Anthony Davis scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Once the shots stopped falling for the Pelicans, it was time for the Heat to drop in a few bombs of their own, led by Ray Allen’s nine points in the fourth quarter. He hit three consecutive three-pointers early in the fourth to spark an 18-2 run to start the fourth quarter.

Miami wound up outscoring New Orleans 31-13 in the final frame and finished the night making half of their 20 three-point attempts. Allen and James each had three to finish the night a combined 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.

LeBron and Chris Score 16 Apiece, Miami Heat Fall to Brooklyn Nets

There were reports that the average ticket price for Thursday night’s preseason matchup between the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets was $250. That’s more than the average price of a ticket of Sunday’s matchup between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.

While the fans in Brooklyn did revel in Jason Kidd’s jersey retirement, they received little excitement from the game itself. Dwyane Wade sat out and the Heat trotted out a lineup that featured Jarvis Varnado and Joel Anthony playing in the same frontcourt, a main enabler of why the Heat only scored 62 points in a 24-point loss to the Nets.

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Michael Beasley’s First Highlight Back with the Heat is Him Punching Himself in the Head


Michael Beasley made his Miami Heat re-debut in the third quarter’s of Thursday night’s 112-107 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons.

In the nine minutes, 18 seconds he played, Beasley had a good showing, putting up nine points on 3-of-5 shooting to go along with two rebounds, one assist, one block, two fouls and a turnover.

The nine points came in a variety of ways, including a post-up score, a three-point play off a layup and three free throws. He attempted five free throws in the short time he was on the floor.

However, he wouldn’t be Michael Beasley if he didn’t do something worth covering your face.

Following a traveling call, Beasley dejectedly walked back to defense. It must have taken a few seconds to register, because Beasley had already walked at least 10 feet when he started punching himself in the head.

The punches don’t look that hard, but it still required medical attention from the Heat staff.

Never change, SuperCool.

Miami Heat Get Back to Work with 92-87 Win in Preseason Opener

In the Miami Heat’s preseason opener, it wasn’t a player hoping to make the team that showed out.

Instead, it was one of Miami’s ‘Big Three’ to make the most out of their first NBA action since their Game 7 NBA Finals victory. While Dwyane Wade sat out and LeBron James took it lightly, Chris Bosh went to work with 21 points on 7-of-8 overall shooting, made all six of his free throws and hit his only three-point attempt.

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