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.

Another Injury Looming For The Miami Heat?

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The 2014-2015 season has been, for lack of a better term, a hot mess for the Miami Heat. Obviously LeBron James set the pace when he announced he was headed back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but since then the team has been plagued with seemingly never ending injuries. Fortunately only one so far has been serious, with Chris Bosh’s season being cut short due to blood clots in his lung, and he is thankfully expected to make a full recovery. But even so, the Heat just cannot seem to catch a break. Miami’s newest addition himself, Goran Dragic, who was only acquired by the team right before the NBA trade deadline, has already suffered from back spasms.

Last week, blossoming superstar Hassan Whiteside cut his hand on the rim, and it is being said that it will take at least two weeks for his gash to fully heal. While I do not suspect that he will be out for that entire time, he will certainly miss a couple of games. And even when he does decide to come back, will not be able to reach his full potential for a while.

But of course, the story does not end there. Hassan’s backup, Chris Andersen, is also out with a bruised calf. And while some thought that perhaps the Heat would pick up an additional player (like JaVale McGee), it seems as though they are sticking with their original squad. So it may be up to Michael Beasley to hold things down for a while.

And there is more. Recently, Dwyane Wade spoke out about the potential need to get fluid from his knee drained; something that during a normal season may not be a big deal, but currently would set Miami even further back than they already are.

Wade played 22 minutes on Friday night, in a loss against the Atlanta Hawks, and was not able to accomplish much. There is talk of head coach Erik Spoelstra sitting the guard in this afternoon’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons, in hopes of having him available and in better shape, for longer down the line.

Whether or not Wade will get his knee drained is still up in the air, but regardless, his physical condition at the present time is certainly bad news for the Heat. As of Sunday, Miami stands at the seventh seed, with the Boston Celtics close behind them. For the boys in South Beach, the playoff push is real.

When will the injuries end? I wish I could tell you. But I can only hope the answer to that is very soon.

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.

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.

Mr. Nice Tie Turned DJ

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Last week, Chris Bosh launched his very own menswear line, Mr. Nice Tie, and with the NBA season only a little over a month away, he is certainly wasting no time in giving it the promotion it deserves.

Bow tie in hand, Bosh was a guest DJ on the Ellen Show earlier today; needless to say, the two shared some laughs.

Chris Bosh To Remain With Miami Heat

The latest in Miami Heat free agency news seems to be that despite LeBron James’ decision to leave Miami to return home to Cleveland, Chris Bosh has decided to re-sign on a five-year, $118 million contract. Up until now, most people believed that Bosh would find his way to the Houston Rockets, who have been busy making moves in order to clear space for the big man. The Rockets just traded Jeremy Lin to Los Angeles, an arrangement they may now be regretting.

With this latest development taking place, I assume Dwyane Wade will also re-sign and keep the Heat’s recent legacy alive.

Stay tuned!