Heated Topics: March 25th, 2015

This season has been anything but a walk in the park for the Miami Heat. After LeBron James announced that he was leaving South Beach and heading back to Cleveland, fans knew that there would be hard times ahead. But between the back-and-forth shuffling of players to and from the D-League, seemingly weekly minor injuries, and the loss of Chris Bosh for the rest of the year…there did not seem to be a break in sight.

However, since the playoff push began, it has not been all bad. President Pat Riley pulled off the impossible once again, acquiring Goran Dragic right before the trade deadline. Michael Beasley made his way back to the Heat, determined to prove that the third time is a charm for him. And as things are now, Miami stands to make the offseason.

Here is the latest:

Heat lose to the Milwaukee Bucks after leading for most of the game.

Hassan Whiteside injures his hand on a play, may be out for a couple of games.

Dwyane Wade receives Player of the Week.

Michael Beasley is playing like his life depends on it.

Miami will take on the Boston Celtics, Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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Rick Ross Took Fandom To A Whole New Level

Rapper Rick Ross, otherwise known as Ricky Rozay, decided to support the Miami Heat in an entirely new way: by getting their logo tattooed on his face. Ross, who earlier this year said he would bet $100,000 on the Heat finishing with a better record than the Cleveland Cavaliers, was raised in Florida and has been a longtime fan of the team ever since.

Check out Ross’ new face art, below.

Tattooing the Hood Billionaire @richforever #mmg #dc #dreamchaser

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Miami Heat Players React To Stuart Scott’s Death

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ESPN anchor Stuart Scott passed away Sunday morning at the age of 49, after a longtime fight with cancer. Respected and loved by many, Scott was a trailblazer in his field. He truly brought forth a new way to broadcast, never afraid to color outside of the lines. “Booyah,” “as cool as the other side of the pillow,” and “just call him butter cuz he’s on a roll” were just a few of the Sportscenter legend’s famous catchphrases.

As not only the league, but the entire sports community paid their respects to Scott, several members of the Miami Heat (as well as the organization itself) took to social media express their condolences.

 

RIP Stuart Scott. You will be missed.

Best Mario Chalmers Moments: 15 for #15

This year for Christmas, I got an excellent gift: Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers making this face at former teammate, LeBron James:

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Soon after that happened, the internet exploded with Chalmers memes and gifs and I was reminded at how truly entertaining our “Rio” is.

So, as my end-of-the-year gift to you all, here are 15 of my favorite Chalmers moments.

1. Literally my favorite Heat moment of LIFE. Chalmers as Super Mario? Genius.

2. Although the King often liked to scold our little guy, stopping him from celebrating may take the cake. He just wanted to express his joy for a moment! Sheesh!

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3. Not sure why Juan Howard decided to do this, but his slap is remarkably effortless, is it not?

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4. The fact that Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah is involved in this, makes it that much better. Claps for everyone.

5. My love for Carmelo Anthony only grew after this fantastic idea.

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6. Any guesses on who would have won this fight? Pretty sure my money is on James.

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7. Do you think James taught Chris Bosh how to yell at Chalmers, or does that instinct exist within everybody?

8. I mean, even the PRESIDENT knows the deal.

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9. Two classic duos, coming together as one.

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10. Aw, but all Chalmers wanted was a little face-time!

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11. I take it the answer would have been no?

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12. CAO Gold should probably reach out to Chalmers for a partnership.

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13. So, was Chalmers picturing James or Bosh when he threw that ball?

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14. I think someone has mastered the art of flopping!

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15. Two fold: Ray Allen yells at Chalmers while Bosh head-fives them both. Winning all around.

So, what are your favorite Chalmers moments? Leave them in the comments below!

Chris Bosh: Returning Tonight?

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After sitting out since December 14, Chris Bosh is expected to make his return tonight as the Miami Heat will be taking on the Orlando Magic. The Heat went 3-5 without Bosh in their lineup, which is even worse than it seems due to having one of their longest home stands; without their best player, home-court advantage meant little to nothing for Miami.

So far this season, Bosh is averaging about 22 points and 8 rebounds a game. Because of this, the Heat’s offense has suffered greatly lately, lacking in three-point plays and inside presence.

Bosh participated in Sunday’s practice, stating, “it felt good. It’s all about seeing how the calf responds, make sure it’s 100 percent. We wanted to do a little bit of live [practice work], make sure I get up and down the court. We wanted to get days like this in before I get out there.”

Head coach Erik Spoelstra will likely limit the big man’s minutes, starting him off easy. Therefore, the team cannot rely on him like they are used to, just yet. Although the Magic are currently 12-21, Nikola Vučević will still be a tough matchup for Bosh.

“When CB comes back, everybody needs to continue the play the way they have been and understand that he’s going to find his way back in, and we’ll make sure he finds the ball,” Wade said.

Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Heated Topics: December 10th, 2014

Although they are fresh off of a loss against the Denver Nuggets, the Miami Heat continue their journey forward tomorrow night, in hopes of proving their naysayers wrong.

Here is the latest news:

Not all hope is lost for the Heat.

Josh McRoberts embraces “the weird.”

Rookie James Ennis is showing his worth.

Could Brook Lopez be a good fit for Miami?

Other trade options for the Heat include Lance Stephenson.

Dwyane Wade supports “I Can’t Breathe” shooting shirts

Chris Bosh is “okay” with losing to the San Antonio Spurs in last years’ Finals.

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For those of you who are not aware, I have been fortunate enough to recently become a part of the FanSided network. Specifically, I am now a staff writer for AllUCanHeat, a site whose editor I actually interviewed at the end of last season.

So with that said, although I will still be posting here regularly, please take a minute to check out my work on AUCH. And to keep up with me on matters outside of the realm of the Miami Heat, be sure to follow me on Twitter as well!