Tag:Miami Heat
Posted on: July 23, 2009 5:15 pm
 

Jamaal Magloire & Joel Anthony re-sign with Heat

player photoplayer photoI actually don't mind Joel Anthony too much. He's a liability on offense, but he's a good shot blocker and decent post defender. He's a bit small but works pretty hard, or so it seems. Not to mention he still has room for improvement.

Jamaal Magloire, on the other hand, is a liablity on offense and a below average defender. Magloire has no more room for improvement, whatsoever. He is washed up and very well out of his prime.

The Heat haven't made a big move yet, but these little moves could be the difference between getting home court advantage in the first round of playoffs and not.

Posted on: April 18, 2009 12:21 pm
 

First round playoff predictions

Just for the record...

Cavs take care of the Pistons in 5.

Celtics show up the Bulls in 5.

Magic pull out the brooms, sweep the Sixers in 4.

Heat edge out the Hawks in 6.

Lakers fall early, rebound, win in 6 over the Jazz.

Nuggets handle the Hornets in 6.

Spurs win in 7 over the Mavericks.

Trailblazers run through the Rockets in 6.

Happy Playoffs!

 

Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:07 pm
 

#4 Atlanta Hawks vs. #5 Miami Heat Preview

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Season Series: Atlanta won the series 3-1

This will probably be the only first round matchup in the East that won't be dominated by the favorite. These two teams are very different, yet very similar.

The Hawks are led by a balanced attack, with stars including sharpshooting guard Joe Johnson and defensive star Josh Smith. Young big man Al Horford and veteran point guard Mike Bibby are also in the starting lineup.

The Heat are led by MVP candidate Dwyane Wade, who finished with the scoring title in a win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Wade's supporting cast includes rookies Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers. Big men Jermaine O'Neal and Udonis Haslem are also key parts to Miami's rebounding season.

For Atlanta to win: Wade must be limited. Whether it's Johnson, Bibby, Smith, or a bench player, someone on the Hawks must step up and stop D-Wade.

For Miami to win: The supporting cast must play well when Wade is not on the court. Guys like the above stated Beasley, Chalmers, Haslem, and O'Neal must help Wade. Other role players include three point champion Daequan Cook and big Jamaal Magloire.

My pick: It's biased... Miami Heat advance in 6 by winning games 2, 3, 5, and 6.

Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:25 pm
 

Miami Heat @ Orlando Magic Preview (2/22/09)

The Miami Heat, fresh off a victory against the 76ers of Philadelphia, face a tough test today at Orlando.

This game will truly show where the Heat stand. Several questions come to mind:

1. Will the new tandem of Jermaine O'Neal and Udonis Haslem be able to shut down Dwight Howard?

2. Will the Heat be able to shut down all of the 3 point shooting threats of the Magic?

3. Can the Heat spread out the scoring or will Dwyane Wade have to do all of the work?

This game makes me a bit nervous. If this game were in Miami, it may have been different. But in Orlando, this game will be tough to win.

For the Heat to have a chance, Dwight Howard must be shut down. Jermaine O'Neal will face his toughest test to date. I think with Udonis Haslem helping, Dwight Howard can be somewhat contained. Still, Howard is a monster who can overpower anyone in the NBA. Very tough matchup here.

The Magic have a whole bunch of 3 point shooters on their team. Rashard Lewis, Courtney Lee, Hedo Turkoglu, J.J. Reddick, etc. Miami must play some great perimeter defense today. Guys like Michael Beasley and newly acquired Jamario Moon must step it up on defense.

Lastly, the Miami Heat must be able to score the ball with other guys not named Dwyane Wade. 3 point shootout champion Daequan Cook and rookie Mario Chalmers must score and help out D-Wade. 

In a close game, I have the Orlando Magic winning at home, 110-101.

Category: NBA
Posted on: February 8, 2009 11:12 am
Edited on: February 11, 2009 8:32 pm
 

The Miami Heat could use a big man.

No joke, huh? I have great respect for Udonis Haslem's game, but he needs help back there. Shawn Marion is definitely tradeable at this point; I'm really not sure why he's still in Miami to be honest.

Dwyane Wade desperately needs a wingman. LeBron James found his in Mo Williams, yet Wade has no one that has stepped up as the Number 2 guy. I thought it would be Michael Beasley, but it doesn't look like it.

At this point, even a big man like Jermaine O'Neal would be welcome. Someone, anyone, who will improve the Heat's frontcourt, without giving up too many draft picks.

That is all.

Posted on: December 20, 2008 12:37 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2008 12:38 pm
 

Shocker: Miami Heat upset Los Angeles Lakers

But you won't hear me complaining.

There is no question that the Los Angeles Lakers are the better team. However, on Friday night, the Miami Heat played better, and that's all that matters.

Dwyane Wade proved once again how valuable he is to Miami. The numbers he has put up this season are borderline insane. He must be included in all MVP discussion.

Is Shawn Marion starting to wake up? Let's hope so, because Marion is an essential part to Miami's success. Nice double double last night.

That's all. Just wanted to say that was quite a game last night, and if Miami could play that well all the time, you're looking at serious playoff contenders.

Good game Lakers. But Miami was the better team last night.

Posted on: November 19, 2008 8:12 pm
 

Miami Heat: Week 3 Recap

Miami <a href=/page/MIA">Heat logo" width="160" height="100" src="http://images.sportsline.com/images/cbss/ui2/logos/nba/160x100/MIA.gif" />Miami is sitting pretty right now, one game above .500 with a 6-5 record. The Heat have followed a mantra of sorts, going win, loss, win, loss, win... Consistency please?

New Jersey Nets logoThe game versus the New Jersey Nets was first. Early on, Vince Carter led the Nets to a lead, which stood still after three quarters. However, the fourth was a different story. Dwyane Wade was hot, and the Nets never cooled him down. Wade erupted in the fourth quarter, scoring nineteen points. Miami escaped with a win, 99-94.

Portland Trail Blazers logoAnother home game... this time versus the Trail Blazers of Portland. Greg Oden returned and played sixteen minutes, but the Heat shut him down. Yet no one could shut down Rudy Fernandez, the young, energetic rookie who is playing lights out ball right now. Fernandez went for 25 points, and Miami could not find a way to win. Portland takes it, 104-96, handing the Miami Heat their first home loss of the season.

Washington Wizards logoCaron Butler was the main focus of coach Erik Spoelstra, and the Heat did not disappoint. Butler was held to six points on 3-10 shooting from the field. Antawn Jamison was the leading scorer for the Wizards, with only 15 points. It was a statement game for Miami's defense, holding the Wizards to 77 points in a 99-77 thrashing.

Toronto Raptors logoA man named O'Neal came up big versus Miami, but it wasn't Shaquille... it was Jermaine O'Neal, the strong forward-center who came from Indiana in the offseason. O'Neal came up big with a double double, going for 11 points and 18 rebounds. Miami made the game close at times, but the defense let up and in the end, Chris Bosh and O'Neal were too much. 107-96, Toronto.

Washington Wizards logoWoa, woa, woa... the Wizards again? Yep. This time Miami traveled to Washington, DC to face the Wizards for the second time in three games. In front of his home crowd, Caron Butler did not disappoint. Butler put up 21 points and 12 boards, and Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 12 rebounds. However, Miami provided a balanced attack that Washington did not expect. Six Heat players scored in double figures as the Heat trumped the Wizards once again, this time 94-87.

Week 1 MVP: Udonis Haslem
Week 2 MVP: Dwyane Wade
Week 3 MVP: Dwyane Wade

Category: NBA
Tags: Miami Heat
 
Posted on: November 9, 2008 2:37 pm
 

Miami Heat: Week 2 Recap

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Miami Heat (3-3)

With two weeks gone, the Miami Heat are currently sitting at .500 with a 3-3 record. This week the Miami Heat went 2-1 against some tough opponents...

Philadelphia 76ers logoThe home game was first, against the Philadelphia 76ers. Mo Cheeks brought his new-look crew into Miami, hoping for a win. The Heat, however, had other plans. Early on, the Heat pushed up the tempo, forcing the 76ers to make bad shots. Mario Chalmers set a franchise record with nine steals, and Miami forced 26 total turnovers. Dwyane Wade went for 29 points, leading Miami to a 106-83 rout. Andre Iguodala was held to only 2 points. Result: Win

San Antonio Spurs logoThe second game of the week was a tough one on the road versus the San Antonio Spurs. Tony Parker hurt his ankle in the first quarter, which ended up being a huge blow to the Spurs. Miami had no pity though. The Heat came out on fire once again, and behind Dwyane Wade and Michael Beasley, the Heat ended the first quarter with a 26-12 lead. Miami carried the momentum of the first quarter throughout the rest of the game, and left San Antonio with a 99-83 win. Dwyane Wade was one assist away from a triple-double as well. Suddenly, Miami was white-hot. Result: Win

New Orleans Hornets logoMiami did not have much time to congratulate themselves, as they had a date with the New Orleans Hornets the next day. Dwyane Wade had another big game at New Orleans, but he was the only one. Michael Beasley was not 100%, and it showed as he struggled to score. Shawn Marion also looked lost at times. New Orleans never dominated the game, but the Hornets rode Chris Paul to a 100-89 win. Result: Loss

With six games gone in the NBA season, the Miami Heat have shown that they are definitely still playoff contenders. Dwyane Wade has been amazing, and rookies Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers look promising. With a somewhat easy three games coming up next week, the Miami Heat could possibly be staring at a 6-3 record by next week.

Week 1 MVP: Udonis Haslem
Week 2 MVP: Dwyane Wade

 
 
 
 
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