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.