The Heat began playing basketball in 1988 as an expansion franchise. Wins were few and far between for Miami early on, as the Heat set the record for futility by losing 17 straight games to begin the franchise's existence. Miami made strides in the 1991-92 season, making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In 1997 Miami started a run of four straight Atlantic Division titles, going head to head in what became a very heated rivalry with the New York Knicks. Miami was led by a pair of stars in Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, with additional production coming from budding stars P.J. Brown and Jamal Mashburn, and a grizzled veteran in Dan Majerle. The Heat would only get as far as the Eastern Conference Finals once in those four years, being thwarted by the Knicks in each of the other three. In 2006 Miami won its first NBA title, riding Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal to a 4-2 series victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Heat are now again at the top of the basketball world, sporting big three of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. By pairing reliable veterans with that trio, Miami has won back-to-back NBA championships. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Miami Heat basketball tickets.
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2016 Miami Heat Season Preview
The Miami Heat finished their 2015-2016 season as No. 3 in the Eastern Conference with a 48-34 regular season and the champions of the Southeast Division for the 12th time in franchise history. Like in 2015, the Miami Heat will be starting the 2016-2017 season with some uncertainty as star player Dwayne Wade decided to leave the Heat to play for the Chicago Bulls as well as the status of Chris Bosh’s health still under question on when he will be able to return to the game. The younger and re-invented Miami heat will have some obstacles to overcome but players Stefan Jankovic and Hassan Whiteside bring hope to the franchise. Whether you are planning on cheering on the Miami Heat at home or on the road, TicketCity has some of the best deals for Heat tickets.
Miami Heat Basketball at American Airlines Arena Address: 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida 33132
The Heat play their home games at American Airlines Arena located in Miami, Florida. American Airlines Arena can hold 19,600 screaming Heat fans when filled to capacity. The arena features the Miami Media Mesh LED display on the outside of the stadium, the largest LED board of its kind in the country. The Miami Heat home bench is on the American Airlines Arena court side in front of sections 107-108. American Airlines Arena parking information is covered in our Heat event guide.
Heat vs. Celtics
The last few seasons this rivalry has intensified as both teams have met in the playoffs. With stars often filling both rosters, this matchup has become must see. Both franchises have taken turns dominating the NBA and with the many playoff meetings, the stakes are always at the highest when these two teams play.
Heat vs. Knicks
This rivalry intensified in the mid-90s when these two teams met in the playoffs four years in a row. Rated as one of the best rivalries in the NBA, this matchup has been highlighted by physical play and an intensity level that is hard to match. The bad blood started when head coach Pat Riley joined the Heat after leading the Knicks for many seasons.
If you like two teams and fan bases that hate each other, then this is the matchup for you. This rivalry has been about physical play and often times playing after the whistle has been blown. This rivalry has picked up steam in recent seasons and will only continue to get better in the years to come.
Heat vs. Magic
As state rivals, it is only natural for these two teams to not get along. With over 95 games played including a playoff matchup, this rivalry continues to get better and is often filled with intense and physical play games. With icon Shaquille O'Neal playing for both franchises throughout his career, the connection between these two teams stretch farther than just playing in the same state.
Though the Heat and Bulls have been fighting for Eastern Conference supremacy since the early '90s, the rivalry has just recently began to peak. Becoming a consistent match up in the playoffs, the Miami Chicago rivalry is often an extremely physical game leading to trash-talk and in multiple occasions an ejection or two.
Heat in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Heat have been around since 1988 and have established themselves as one of the premier franchises in the NBA. Miami has 9+ division titles including a run of four straight from 1997-2000. With multiple conference and NBA championships, the Heat will only continue to add to a number that has put them in the discussion of top organization in the league.
2015 Miami Heat Season Preview
After four straight trips to the NBA finals, the Miami Heat said goodbye to LeBron James, and the playoffs last season. The Heat were ravaged by injuries and finished under .500 for the first time since 2008. But the Heat come back in 2015 with one of the most talented rosters in the NBA, and are healthy for the first time in 2 years. Miami is expected to start 3 perenial all-stars in Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Luol Deng, with talented reserve players Amar’e Stoudemire, Mario Chalmers, and Udonis Haslem coming off the bench. The Miami Heat will have to learn to win late in the season, without relying on LeBron James, something that they were unable to do a season ago. But if the Heat, specifically Dwyane Wade, can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for the 2015 Heat season.
2014 Miami Heat Season Preview
The Miami Heat finished the 2013 NBA season in bittersweet fashion. The 2-time defending champion Heat won the Eastern Conference finals for a 4th straight season. But the Heat showed the fatigue of appearing in 4 straight NBA Finals and were quickly dismantled by a San Antonio Spurs team hitting on all cylinders. Following the season LeBron James announced that he would be leaving the Miami Heat, putting an end to the “big 3” era in South Beach. Despite the loss of one of the best players in the history of the game, the Miami Heat are still one of the strongest contenders in the Eastern Conference in 2014. The Heat added veterans Luol Deng, Danny Granger, and Josh McRoberts who drastically improve the Heat’s depth. Miami also picked up Shabazz Napier in the draft who has the possibility to step in right away in the Heat’s backcourt. Look for Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to take a much greater roll on the offensive side of the glass and for Wade to play increased minutes from last year. While they might not be a lock for the finals like the last 4 season, the Miami Heat have a chance to spread the load around to an improved all-around team in 2014.
2013 Miami Heat Season Preview
The Miami Heat won their second consecutive NBA championship, beating the Spurs in seven games after a miraculous Ray Allen three-pointer saved them in Game 6. The team kept all the main pieces in place in the off-season, with Mike Miller being the most used player that left the team. The Heat added Greg Oden, Michael Beasley and Roger Mason Jr. to a team that is poised to get that 3-peat. Many point to age as a contributing factor to a possible demise, but while Dwayne Wade is another year older, the offseason has rid him of nagging injuries and the Heat believe he will be a star contributor. The champions will open the season against a Brooklyn team that added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce on Nov. 1 at the Barclays Center. The first home game at American Airlines Arena will be Nov. 3 against Washington. Other key home games will be vs. Indiana on Dec. 18, vs. the Lakers on Christmas Day, and a finals rematch against the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 26.
2012 Miami Heat Season Preview
Year one in the Dream Team project came thisclose to achieving its goal of winning the NBA Championship off the bat. However, the Dallas Mavericks prevented the Miami Heat from realizing that dream and won the 2010 11 title. Now the core of the super team—LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh—are back and hungry for another shot at the title. While their supporting cast is to be determined—between Mike Miller’s injuries and possible retirements, it’s hard to gauge—the fact remains that with a year of playing together under their collective belts, the Miami Heat’s second chapter might end with a sweet resolution that might just be the start of a prolonged title run.
2011 Miami Heat Season Preview
The Memphis Grizzlies were among the worst teams in the NBA from 2006 to 2009, when they didn't win more than 24 games in a season. They turned it around last year, winning 40 games and narrowly missing out on the playoffs. Now, the Grizzlies look to take that momentum into their first postseason appearance since 2005. Memphis is anchored by a solid group of young players who should be able to lead the time in the years to come. Rudy Gay has established himself as one of the premiere scorers in the league throughout his first three seasons, and if he can be more consistent he may be able to take the Grizzlies far. In addition to Gay, O.J. Mayo has proven he can be counted on to step up, and Mike Conley has displayed a knack for running the Memphis offense. During the offseason, the Grizzlies also added some key role players, including former Boston Celtics swingman Tony Allen. They also improved their bench by drafting Xavier Henry from Kansas and former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez.
2010 Miami Heat Season Preview
The Miami Heat head into the 2009-2010 NBA season hoping their young Head Coach, Erik Spoelstra, can work some magic to get the Heat back to the NBA Finals. Miami's roster has the talent to be a frontrunner in the Eastern Conference, including perennial all-star Dwayne Wade, scorer Quentin Richardson and big man Jermaine O'Neal. If Wade can stay healthy then he can put the Heat team on his back and carry them to a top seed in the Eastern Conference.
2009 Miami Heat Season Preview
The Miami Heat are easily one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NBA today. Dwayne Wade, who averaged over 17 points per 18 minutes of play for Team USA during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, will be returning to the Heat in proper form. With an NBA title under their belt from 2006, the future looks bright for the team. Fans will fill the American Airlines Arena to see how the Heat bounce back from last year's dissapointing season, and whether the team will make a run for the top of the Eastern Conference and another shot at an NBA Championship.
Miami Heat News - 9/23/2016
As the Miami Heat head to training camp, the roster has one less than the NBA’s maximum number of players in the offseason. The Heat roster is currently at 19 players, leaving 4 players that will need to be cut from the roster as the regular season approaches. Goran Dragic returns to Florida from the EuroBasket where he led the Slovenia team and now is ready to work with the team to “create a system that fits everybody.”
Miami Heat News - 9/16/2016
During an offseason workout, Miami Heat shooting guard Josh Richardson tore the MCL in his right knee. Richardson will be out for six to eight weeks, meaning he will miss the Heat training camp and possibly the start of the season. This will be an issue for Pat Riley and the Miami team as they begin the 2016-2017 NBA season because Richardson was expected to be in the mix as a starter with the departure of Dwayne Wade.
Miami Heat News - 9/9/2016
The Heat re-signed NBA center Hassan Whiteside for a five-year $98 million deal. This deal between Miami and Whiteside is the biggest raise for a player in league history. This has been seen as a shocking deal because Whiteside only has 17 months of experience in the NBA, but he has become an overnight sensation. Last season Hassan had a career-high of 26 points and 14 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls. With the Miami Heat entering the season with uncertainty, Whiteside will have a shot to become a top player for the team.
Miami Heat News - 9/2/2016
With the departure of Dwayne Wade, Udonis Haslem has taken on the captain and leadership role in Miami. The Miami Heat have acquired 9 new faces to the team as they enter the 2016-2017 NBA season: Luke Babbitt, Wayne Ellinton, James Johnson, Stefan Jankovic, Rodney McGruger, Willie Reed, Dion Waiters, Okaro White, and Derrick Williams. As the new season approaches and the Miami Heat camp begins it will be important that Haslem and other returning players work to integrate them into the team.