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Wade's Health Improving

November, 8, 2013
11/08/13
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Dwyane Wade discusses his improved health and his condition Friday coming off his season-high 29 points in a win Thursday versus the Clippers.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at LeBron James' Miami Heat introduction video shoot.

TrueHoop TV: Heat Problems?

October, 3, 2013
10/03/13
3:32
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John Hollinger and Kevin Arnovitz review the Heat's Game 6 loss to Dallas with TrueHoop's Henry Abbott:

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Tremendous documentary and graphic storytelling at the New York Times from Bedel Saget and Xaquín G.V.

The video features Dwyane Wade, Allen Iverson, Tim Hardaway and Pearl Washington:





A double standard for James and Wade?

April, 28, 2011
4/28/11
11:15
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Krolik By John Krolik
ESPN.com
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In the next couple of weeks, we'll find out whether LeBron James' decision to join the Miami Heat will allow him to win his first championship and accomplish what he was never able to in Cleveland. We don't know what effect that will ultimately have on his legacy. What we do know is that LeBron's coming to the Heat might have been the best thing to ever happen to the legacy of Dwyane Wade.

Let's take a look at the events of the past two games. When the Heat failed to close out Game 4 against Philadelphia, the overwhelming majority of the blame was placed on LeBron after he had a potential game-tying floater blocked on the Heat's final possession. This was the case even though Wade had missed a pull-up jumper one possession earlier and had two 3s drained right in his face. The outcry was unanimous: Wade should have taken the last shot.

Of course, Wade is 0-5 in last-shot situations this season, but every one of those shots was apparently impressive enough to make LeBron's failed floater particularly egregious.

When the Heat actually managed to win a close one in Game 5, there were some issues with Wade's performance in the waning minutes of the game. After he missed on an out-of-control layup attempt that Chris Bosh rebounded and drew a foul on, Wade received a technical foul for taking issue with the non-call.

Think about that for a second: In a one-possession game, Wade cost his team a point for arguing that he should be shooting free throws instead of his teammate, who happens to be a better free throw shooter.

Later in the game, with the final seconds ticking off the clock and the 76ers declining to foul, Wade punctuated the series with an uncontested dunk that Spencer Hawes would later call "bush league." It was the kind of behavior that becomes an instant controversy with LeBron, but it was a non-issue with Wade, just like the technical foul.

Imagine, just for a second, what the reaction would have been if James had been whistled for the technical, then thrown in that salt-in-the-wound dunk to end the series. While the power of winning as the ultimate deodorant should never be underestimated, I can't imagine that those things would have been complete non-issues if James had done them.

Of course, none of this is particularly surprising. Wade won a title in Miami without LeBron. LeBron didn't win one in Cleveland without Wade, and LeBron came to Wade's team. It doesn't matter that LeBron has gone to the Finals, won two league MVP awards, and won seven playoff series in the time between Wade's last playoff series win and the Heat's win over the 76ers.

Wade is a champion, and LeBron is not.

You don't hear people talk about the skills of a champion or the favorable circumstances of a champion. It's the heart of a champion, and it's something you either have or you don't. That's the saying, anyway.

Wade might have won the championship that eluded LeBron in Cleveland, but how can this be Wade's team when he's been the second-best player on it by nearly every statistical measure? Because, thanks to the Heat's best crunch-time set being the nearly unstoppable Wade-James pick-and-roll and James' struggles in final-possession situations, Wade has been designated as the team's "closer." Never mind that Wade hasn't made a last-second shot this season, LeBron's crunch-time play over the past three regular seasons has been off-the-charts good and Wade hasn't won a playoff series since before Barack Obama's presidential campaign formally began.

When one player is clearly more productive than another -- but the other has won a championship -- it's natural for us to try to rationalize things by assigning intangible qualities. We saw it in baseball when Alex Rodriguez, who is clearly better at baseball than Derek Jeter, joined Jeter's team: Rodriguez can't hit in the clutch, Jeter would never try to hit the ball out of a fielder's glove and that's very important, etcetera.

No matter what LeBron does on the court next to Wade, he might never be able to change the way the two are perceived in terms of their respective intangible qualities.

If the Heat win a title, it will be because LeBron needed Wade. If they lose, James will shield Wade from taking any significant criticism. There's an old saying in sports that players win games and coaches lose them.

On the Heat, things are a bit different: Dwyane Wade wins games, and LeBron James loses them.

We'll see how that dynamic will affect the Heat as they start to face their big tests.

Someone named Pita is excited for Heat basketball

April, 27, 2011
4/27/11
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Arnovitz By Kevin Arnovitz
ESPN.com
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The work of Urban Latin pop act "Los Primeros" was not familiar to me before today, but it is now.

I'm still trying to digest the full cultural, civic and cinematic implications of this video and figuring out if I'm frightened or amused or both:

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Bomani Jones has some tips for LeBron James and his receding hairline:

LeBron ambushes a writer from Ellen in her aerobics/dance class (that line is blurry, yes?).

One minute and 22 seconds of bad house music, but an amusingly outsized LeBron playing along.


Via Trey Kerby and the Basketball Jones.

Heat-Magic notes

February, 4, 2011
2/04/11
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If you're the Magic this morning, you have to be a little bit frustrated, as Kevin Arnovitz explains:

Stan Van Gundy: Heatles aren't a special draw in Orlando

January, 5, 2011
1/05/11
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Arnovitz By Kevin Arnovitz
ESPN.com
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Stan Van Gundy tells our friend Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel that the Magic don't need the Heat in town to sell out Amway Center in Orlando and that the Heat are "pretty impressed with themselves."



Van Gundy is correct in that the Magic are selling out pretty much every seat in the house. Their attendance stands at 102.1 percent capacity for the season.

But the Magic feature dynamic pricing for their tickets, which suggests that fans in Orlando don't share the same level of interest for every opponent. For instance, section 208, row 15, seat 21 vs. Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 19 will run you $ 30.75. The same seat for the Heat game on Thursday, Feb. 3 and the Lakers game on Sunday, Feb. 13? $125.30.

Meanwhile, the Heat are the only team in the league to draw 100 percent capacity on the road this season.

Heat at New York: 5 things to watch

December, 17, 2010
12/17/10
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By Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh
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Heat vs. Knicks: A rivalry renewed

Containing the Knicks' pick-and-roll game
Pop Quiz: Name the only team in the league operating a more efficient pick-and-roll attack than the Miami Heat?

It took some time for Raymond Felton to find his footing as the conductor of the Knicks' offense, but the numbers don't lie -- the Knicks have been devastating. And why not? They have all the essential ingredients you could want for an effective pick-and-roll game. Amare Stoudemire continues to be the most lethal roll man in the league, virtually unstoppable on drags, popping out to 17 feet, or even coming off the screen and setting a pin-down for one of the Knicks' perimeter threats. As if defending Stoudemire in a screen-roll isn't imposing enough, the Knicks spread the floor with capable shooters such as Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, whom Felton can hit with a kickout when the defense invariably turns its attention to Stoudemire. Run under the high screen and Felton is no slouch as a long-range sniper at 37 percent from beyond the arc. Like every Knicks' opponent, the Heat will have a series of tough choices to make. Do they want Stoudemire's defender to pressure Felton off the pick-and-roll? If so, then the Heat's other big man better be ready to stand in front of the freight train as Stoudemire dives to the hoop. James might be one of the best help defenders in the NBA in these situations, but if he's going to leave Gallinari all alone on the arc, somebody in a Heat jersey better be prepared to rotate over, or else Felton makes an easy skip pass for an uncontested 3. Cheat off Chandler and he can make you pay as both a shooter or a slasher (he's finishing at the rim at a 81.6 percent clip). Fortunately for the Heat, they have both speed and intuition -- and they'll need a healthy dose of both on Friday night to contain the Knicks.

For Heat, don't make it a jump-shooting contest


Who guards LeBron?
The Heat's Big 3 pose match-up problems for most opponents, but the Knicks in particular have some tough decisions in front of them. Last season, the Knicks threw several different looks at LeBron James. They tried Larry Hughes, they sent Jared Jeffries, and when James dropped 47 points against the Knicks in Cleveland, it was Wilson Chandler who got torched by James. But at 6-8, Chandler probably won't get the assignment now that he has started at the four over the past nine games with Stoudemire sliding to the 5 and Gallinari picking up the opposing small forwards. Is Gallinari up to the task? He certainly has the height to match up with James, but his length and slow footwork should have James looking to drive every time -- precisely what the Knicks don't want on Friday night. Gallinari's best bet is to give James some space and lure the long mid-range jumper. If he plays too close, look for James to consistently tie up the Italian's feet off the dribble as opposed to shooting over him.

Pressure Knicks' defense with early post-ups
All season long, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has preached the virtues of the early post-up for his superstars, and Madison Square Garden offers the perfect laboratory for that practice. The Knicks' miss 15 3-pointers and turn the ball over 15 times per game. That should give the Heat ample opportunity to push the ball in transition. But even when long misses or easy buckets in the open floor don't present themselves, the Heat should take advantage of secondary break opportunities by having James and Wade (and Bosh) set up on the block for quick feeds. Only Denver has given up more field goals on post-up plays than the Knicks this season. Knicks' opponents often find favorable mismatches when they get the Knicks backpedaling. These early post-ups are easy points for the taking and also provide the Heat with a convenient antidote against lazy pull-up jumpers, something they want to avoid against the Knicks.

Amare vs. Z: Something's got to give
Tonight's match-up will showcase a battle of lineup game theory between head coaches D'Antoni and Spoelstra. Does Spoelstra adjust to the speed of D'Antoni's small lineup or will D'Antoni be forced to clog up the lane with a big body to stop Wade and James' basket attack? Who will break first? If Udonis Haslem were healthy, we may have seen the Heat push Bosh at the 5 to counter the Knicks athleticism up front. But as is, Stoudemire's explosive quickness in the post should test Spoelstra's insistence in keeping starter Zydrunas Ilgauskas on the floor to spread the floor and pair up James with a pick-and-pop option. At this stage, Big Z's feet move at a glacial pace and his only answer for Stoudemire will be to smother him with his long arms. Unfortunately, the Lithuanian's fading dexterity doesn't allow him to alter shots like he used to and he's been hampered by foul trouble recently. We'll probably see less of the lumbering Ilgauskas and Erick Dampier against Stoudemire, and more playing time for Joel Anthony, who blocked a season-high five shots against the Cavaliers on Wednesday. It's possible we may not see someone over 6-foot-10 on the floor for the majority of this game.

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TEAM LEADERS

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Dwyane Wade
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 5.2 1.3 31.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsH. Whiteside 9.8
AssistsG. Dragic 5.6
StealsM. Chalmers 1.6
BlocksH. Whiteside 2.5