See You Tonight, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Is it Christmas Eve? No? Well it sure feels like it given that the Miami Heat are taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight!

So the rivalry may not be as intense as it was last year, but trust me, this matchup will still be a blast to watch.

Last season the two teams split the series 2-2, after the Heat lost twice on the road. Hopefully tonight the boys from South Beach can start a new trend by beating LeBron James and company in their own house.

And with James’ back still acting up, and both Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert out, Miami has a very good chance of doing just that.

Coming off of an 104-94 win against the Charlotte Hornets, the Heat proved their naysayers wrong regarding the topic of both three-point shooting and ball movement.

Not only did the team shoot 60 percent from beyond-the-arc, but they totaled 26 assists across nine players.

Chris Bosh led the newly revamped squad with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, with Dwyane Wade ending the night with 20 points and 5 assists.

Gerald Green also started the year off with a bang; the newcomer scored 19 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting.

For Miami to be successful tonight, they need to do three things.

First, keep being confident in their game.

Obviously taking on an opponent such as the Hornets is a whole different story than going against the Cavaliers, but the Heat need to remember how much talent they truly have this time around.

This includes the likes of Hassan Whiteside, who had a terrible first game, shaking off the past and putting everything on the line.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra also needs to keep utilizing his plethora of rotations. Because it is still early in the season and lineups have yet to be finalized, Spoelstra needs to continue using various combinations in order to get the most out of his players.

Lastly, Miami needs to focus on a defensive mindset. Regardless of the season having only begun, it is clear to see this group of guys are an offensive powerhouse. However, neither the organization nor the players individually are really known for their defense. And when playing teams like Cleveland, that needs to change.

Who do you all have winning tonight?

Check out the competition at 7 PM (ET) on ESPN.

Welcome To The 2015-2016 NBA Season

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The 2015-2016 NBA Season is FINALLY here!

Last night, the year kicked off with the Detroit Pistons coming up 106-94 over the Atlanta Hawks, the Chicago Bulls sneaking slightly past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 97-95, and the reigning champions (Golden State Warriors) outworking the New Orleans Pelicans, 111-95.

There are 14 games on the slate tonight, including the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves, but most importantly: the Miami Heat will take on the Charlotte Hornets at the AmericanAirlines Arena, for their first game of the new season.

2014-2015 was what one could call a total disaster for Miami; from LeBron James announcing his departure in the summer, to Chris Bosh sitting out half the season with blood clots in his lung, it was one crisis after another. There were high-points of course, such as Hassan Whiteside’s blossoming talent, and signing Goran Dragic, but I think it’s safe to say that overall, Heat Nation would like to forget last year for good.

The good news is, Pat Riley and company went to work during this offseason.

Between re-signing both Dragic and Dwyane Wade, drafting Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson, and bringing aboard the likes of Gerald Green and Amar’e Stoudemire…things are about to get exciting.

While some may still be skeptical of this Eastern Conference team, saying they look better on paper than can be translated into reality, Heat fans are all in.

Generally speaking, not much can (or should) be taken away from preseason…and yet, seeing the guys back on the court only reminded me of what is to come.

This will be the first time Dragic and Bosh get to play alongside one another.

Dragic and Stoudemire will reunite from their days playing together in Phoenix.

Whiteside has only further developed.

Green is already on the radar for Sixth Man of the Year.

Should I go on?

Catch tonight’s matchup on a free trial of NBA League Pass, at 7:30 PM (ET).

And get ready Heat Nation, this season is ours.