Miami Heat Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Miami Heat open the season at home against the Washington Wizards on Oct 29. The Heat then travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on the front end of a back-to-back on Nov 1. They return home to conclude the back-to-back against the Toronto Raptors on Nov 2. The Heat open with 3 of 4 at home before alternating home and road for the next 10 games. This stretch concludes with a back-to-back at Orlando and home against the Hornets on Nov 22 and 23. After a home game against Golden State on Nov the 25, the Heat play 7 of their next 8 on the road starting with a trip to New York to play the Knicks on Nov 30. Starting December 17 against Utah, the Heat play 7 straight games at home. This includes a marquee match up on Christmas day against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dec 31 kicks off another stretch of 7 of 8 on the road, that include a back-to-back on Jan 13 and 14 against the Lakers and Warriors. The Heat take a trip to San Antonio on Feb 06 for a match up against the defending champion Spurs, which concludes a four game road trip. They play the Knicks at home on Feb 9 before playing Cleveland on Feb 11 to wrap up play before the All-Star break. After the resuming play after the All-Star break, starting on Feb 28 the Heat play a stretch of 9 of 11 at home. They conclude the season with 4 of 5 at home, ending on April 15 at Philadelphia.
Miami Heat Roster
The Miami Heat roster featured some significant overall this off-season. It began with the departure of their best player and 4-time league MVP Lebron James decided to return to his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Instead of blowing up the roster, the Heat decided to rebuild around their two returning star players, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Replacing James and small forward will be solid veteran Luol Deng. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole return at the point guard spot. Veteran Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen return in front court and are joined by free agent Josh McRoberts. Free Agent swing man and former All-Star Danny Granger was signed to help sure up the bench. Joining him on the bench are rookie Shabazz Napier and free agent veterans Reggie Williams and Shannon Brown. Forward Shane Battier retired after last season and guard Ray Allen is a Free Agent still contemplating retirement. Former second round picks Justin Hamilton and James Ennis round out the roster.
Miami Heat Fan Experience
The Miami Heat play their home games at AmericanAirlines Arena, located in downtown Miami along the Biscayne Bay. The arena opened in 1999 and the Miami Heat are the only major pro sports tenant at the Arena. The Arena shares its naming rights with another NBA venue, the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The two teams matched up against each other in the NBA Finals in both 2006 and 2011, each team winning once. The Miami Heat have not to pay for usage of the venue during their tenure. The Arena sits on county land and the county has paid operating subsidies over the years.
Miami Heat Trivia
The Miami Heat have been the marquee franchise of the NBA for the past 4 years. Starting with the arrival of Chris Bosh and Lebron James to join Dwyane Wade, the Heat made four consecutive trips to the NBA finals, winning twice. Due to the controversy surrounding the assembling their team of stars during free agency, the Heat were a very polarizing team, hated by most basketball fans.
Miami Heat History
The Miami Heat began as expansion franchise back in 1988 and have been very successful in their short history. Overall the team was won 5 conference titles and 3 NBA championships along with 11 division titles. The team also holds the record for the second longest winning streak in NBA History at 27 games, set in 2013. During the first several years of the franchise, it was mired in mediocrity. This is all changed with the arrival of coaching legend Pat Riley as head coach and team president alongside Micky Arison as the owner. Riley made moves to bring in Center Alonzo Morning and point guard Tim Hardaway to turn the team into a contender in the late 1990s. They formed a fierce rivalry with Riley's old team the New York Knicks, facing each other in the playoffs several years in a row. The Heat came up on the short end of these battles for three straight years from 1998 to 2000. As Hardaway and Morning aged, the team fell from contender status to a non playoff team in 2002 and 2003. The 2003 off-season marked a turnaround as Pat Riley promoted Stan Van Gundy to head coach as he moved to work in the front office solely as team president. The team drafted future star Dwyane Wade that off-season and signed Lamar Odom. Lead by these two newcomers the Heat returned to the playoffs. The next offseason saw even more turnover as Odom was packaged in a deal to acquire Superstar center Shaquille O'neal. O'neal promised to deliver a championship to Miami and he delivered on that promise in 2006, his second year with the franchise. After falling short in game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals in 2005 due to injuries to Dwyane Wade and Shaq, Pat Riley acquired veterans like Jason Williams, Antoine Walker, Gary Payton and James Posey to support his star players. Riley returned to the bench during the 2006 season after Van Gundy resigned early on, and led the team to their first title in 2006 over the Dallas Mavericks. The Heat struggled in the years following the title. An aging Shaq was eventually traded away and as the team made moves to acquire cap space for additional stars Dwyane Wade carried the team by himself mostly to first round playoff exits in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 off-season marked the arrival Lebron James and Chris Bosh to form the Big Three with Wade. The team had championship or bust expectations immediately. In 2011 they reached the finals, but fell in six games to Dallas. In the lockout shortened season of 2011 the team made another run to the finals, and this time won the championship over the Oklahoma City Thunder. They repeated as champions again 2013, prevailing in a thrilling 7 game series over the San Antonio Spurs. They failed to complete a three-peat this past season, as they reached the finals again, but this time fell to the Spurs in 5 games.
Miami Heat Fan Info
The Miami Fans are known for being very casual about their support for their team. They often arrive late to games. The fan base also suffered a very embarrassing moment during the 2013 NBA Finals. During the end of game 6, with their team trailing in the game and the series several fans left the game early in anticipation of their teams defeat in the Finals. After the team made a miracle comeback to force overtime, the fans that left the game tried to return to the Arena, but were denied entry. The Heat eventually won the game and the championship, and the fans were ridiculed for giving up on their team.
Miami Heat Rumors
One of the key changes to how the Heat play this season will be Chris Bosh operating more in the paint. With the departure of Lebron James, Bosh looks to play more like he did in Toronto. Danny Granger recently revealed that he had surgery two months ago, but he will be ready for training camp. Coach Eric Spoelstra says the Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers both arrived in great shape for training camp. Lebron James recently revealed that he would have stayed in Miami if the team had won the Finals last year. Heat guard Norris Cole claimed he wants to start on media day. The Heat have signed forward Chris Johnson to a contract.