Heat Nation http://heatnation.com Miami Heat News, Rumors, Schedule, Videos, and Wallpapers for Heat Fans Everywhere Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:34:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.17 Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat Taking Notice of Team’s Third-Quarter Woes http://heatnation.com/media/erik-spoelstra-miami-heat-taking-notice-of-third-quarter-woes/ http://heatnation.com/media/erik-spoelstra-miami-heat-taking-notice-of-third-quarter-woes/#comments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:32:31 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=23844 The Miami Heat fell victim to another third-quarter collapse on Sunday, when the Heat were outscored by the Indiana Pacers, 32-13, in the third quarter on their way to a blowout loss, 120-95. This wasn’t the first time the Heat had squandered a solid, sometimes dominant, first half to end up losing the game. In […]

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The Miami Heat fell victim to another third-quarter collapse on Sunday, when the Heat were outscored by the Indiana Pacers, 32-13, in the third quarter on their way to a blowout loss, 120-95.

This wasn’t the first time the Heat had squandered a solid, sometimes dominant, first half to end up losing the game. In fact, while the Heat rank amongst the best in the NBA when it comes to net rating to start out games, they are second-worst in the league to start out the second half, with a dismal net rating of minus-17.6.

Within what has now been deemed the “Turd Quarter,” the Heat remain strong defensively, currently ranked eight in defensive efficiency, but are dead last in offensive efficiency.

Members of the Heat have taken notice to the massive third-quarter drop-off. Josh Richardson reacted to the new nickname for the third frame, adding that he has no idea why he and his teammates struggle so mightily following the halftime break.

Even head coach Erik Spoelstra has commented on the unfortunate theme, offering an unorthodox idea to deal with the issue.

Spoelstra may be making light of the issue, but it is likely to be one of the major topics of conversation during Heat practices as they prepare to face off against the Boston Celtics, who are enjoying an astounding 16-game winning streak. If the Heat hope to end that streak, they will have to find a way to put an end to their current third-quarter woes.

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Miami Heats vs. Indiana Pacers Game Recap: Homecourt Disadvantage http://heatnation.com/game-news/miami-heats-indiana-pacers-game-recap-home-court-disadvantage/ http://heatnation.com/game-news/miami-heats-indiana-pacers-game-recap-home-court-disadvantage/#comments Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:37:14 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=23830 (Miami, FL) ‚Äď The Miami Heat looked to have turned a corner on their season when they beat the Washington Wizards on Friday night, but when the Indiana Pacers came to American Airlines Arena on Sunday, the Heat proved once again that they have a lot of improving to do. The¬†contest¬†seemed to be on its […]

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(Miami, FL) ‚Äď The Miami Heat looked to have turned a corner on their season when they beat the Washington Wizards on Friday night, but when the Indiana Pacers came to American Airlines Arena on Sunday, the Heat proved once again that they have a lot of improving to do.

The contest seemed to be on its way to a thrilling shootout all game long as both teams traded shots in the first half. In the third quarter, however, the Pacers clamped down on defense and found a rhythm offensively on their way to a blowout victory over the Heat, 120-95.

“Look, I don’t have an answer to our unreliability right now,” head coach Erik Spoelstra said following the disappointing loss. “We had our most inspiring effort, not perfect game, but inspiring effort in Washington and then this is other side of us. I don’t have an answer for it right now, one way or another we’re going to get down to the bottom of it. That’s pretty much my comment right now.”

The Heat had led with ten seconds left in the first half, but the momentum changed instantaneously¬†when¬†Myles Turner hit a 3-pointer and Thaddeus Young intercepted the Heat’s subsequent inbound pass and made a last-second jumper of his own to put the Pacers up three at the half, 58-55.

In the third quarter, the Pacers¬†started to take control of the game. While Young, Turner, and Victor Oladipo began firing on all cylinders, the Heat’s starters failed to get anything going. Dion Waiters failed to score a single point all game and shot 0-for-10 from the field. Goran Dragic struggled offensively for the second game in a row, scoring only eight points and adding five rebounds and four assists in the game.

The Heat’s offensive struggles continued throughout the third quarter as the Pacers managed to push the lead to 18 points halfway through the period.¬†Miami finally managed to put an end to a 12-0 Pacers run thanks to a Bam Adebayo layup, but that only stalled Indiana’s onslaught. The Heat continued to be outplayed on both sides of the court and were outscored, 32-13, on their way to a 22-point deficit by the end of the third quarter.

It was more of the same in the final frame as the Pacers pushed their advantage to 30 points with 6:30 left in the game. While the Heat continued to try and find a way to battle back, it was clear that the Pacers had secured their victory as fans began filing out of the arena early with their heads hung low.

There wasn’t much for Heat fans to be happy about¬†on Sunday, but one promising aspect of the game was shooting guard Wayne Ellington‘s performance off the bench. In just 25 minutes of play, the nine-year player scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from behind the arc. It was Ellington’s season-high and the first time he had scored at least 20 points in a game since the Heat’s Oct. 23 matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.¬†Josh Richardson also played well in a 15-point, two-assist, and two-block performance. His game was cut short in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, however, when he suffered an eye injury and exited the game early.

While Hassan Whiteside added 15 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks of his own, he failed to make the same impact that Heat fans have grown accustomed to seeing this season.

“It sucks. I can’t really say much else about it. It sucks. They came in here and hit us in the chin,”¬†Whiteside said before being asked to explain the Heat’s inconsistency. “I don’t know, man. I wish I had the answer. If I had the answer I would definitely tell the guys and we would be an amazing team.”

Sunday’s loss¬†ended up being¬†the largest¬†defeat for the Heat¬†so far this¬†season. It was also their fifth loss at home in just eight games. The next stretch for the Heat will prove to be one of the most difficult so far as they face off against the Boston Celtics at home before traveling to play the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New York Knicks on a four-game road trip.

While the Heat will look to make a statement by snapping the Celtics’ current 15-game win streak, what the they really need to do is manage to string together a winning streak of their own. They’ll get the opportunity to start such a streak in their next game on Nov. 22.

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Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards Game Recap: A Tale of Two Halves http://heatnation.com/game-news/miami-heat-washington-wizards-game-recap-tale-halves/ http://heatnation.com/game-news/miami-heat-washington-wizards-game-recap-tale-halves/#comments Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:58:51 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=23819 (Washington, D.C.) ‚Äď All season long, the Miami Heat have shown the ability to play with the top teams in the NBA in some games and get bullied out of arenas in other games. In Friday night’s matchup against the Washington Wizards, the Heat displayed a little bit of both tendencies as they built a […]

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(Washington, D.C.) ‚Äď All season long, the Miami Heat have shown the ability to play with the top teams in the NBA in some games and get bullied out of arenas in other games. In Friday night’s matchup against the Washington Wizards, the Heat displayed a little bit of both tendencies as they built a huge 25-point cushion in the first half only to watch it evaporate in the second half on their way to nearly¬†blowing yet¬†another close game. Thankfully, however, the Heat were able to toughen up in the waning minutes of the game to hang on to win, 91-88.

“It was pretty harrowing,” head coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters following the game. “Look, nothing is guaranteed in this league, but the process that this team is committed to, you know I respect that. To come in yesterday on a work day. To really spend a lot of time trying to fix some of the things that we’re going through. You know, we have a long ways to go, but the last 24 hours we have stepped in the right direction just in terms of our approach to get better.”

The final minutes of the fourth-quarter were filled with heart-pumping entertainment as Heat fans could do nothing but watch as Bradley Beal, who had 26 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists, helped his team battle back from their double-digit first-half deficit.

With 3:39 left in the game, the Wizards made their final attempt to snatch the victory from the Heat. The comeback attempt began when Beal hit a long 3-pointer to bring the deficit to six. James Johnson answered with a two-point shot of his own. The Wizards pushed back, however, and after two made free throws by Beal, a made layup by Marcin Gortat,¬†and a 3-pointer by John Wall, who had an otherwise quiet night, the Heat’s massive first-half lead¬†was cut to just three points.

Moments later, Dion Waiters proved his worth for the Heat as he hit a shot from behind the arc to extend the lead, 89-83. Beal answered with a three of his own, however, and after Otto Porter Jr. was sent to the line, it looked like the Heat were going to give up yet another last-second heartbreaker.

Johnson came to the rescue though, and made 1-of-2 free throws after being sent to the line to bring the lead back to two. With six seconds left on the clock, the Heat had to clamp down defensively just one more time to secure the much-needed win. The Wizards put the ball in Beal’s hands, and though he got open for an easy 17-foot look, he missed badly, allowing Justise Winslow to secure the rebound and the Miami win.

While the Heat showed many weaknesses on their way to the three-point victory, they showed just as many strengths when they built a double-digit lead in the first half. Johnson rebounded from several subpar games in a row to finish Friday’s contest with 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Hassan Whiteside continued his impressive start to the season as well with yet another dominant game on both sides of the court. The 7-footer used his huge frame to overpower both Gortat and Jason Smith throughout the contest and finished with a monster 22-point, 16-rebound, and two-block performance.

“These guys are scrappy man,” Whiteside said following the victory. “We knew they weren’t going to lay down, we couldn’t wait to come back. They beat us at home, we couldn’t wait to get this one.”

Winslow also played well, helping the Heat push their first-half lead to 21 with 4:34 remaining in the half when he scored on two straight possessions in impressive fashion.

“It was great, you know those are the types of plays I’m trying to make, whether it’s a dunk, Euro (step), steal, block,” Winslow said after the game. “Just those type of plays to get the whole team going. That’s what I try to do, those energy to spark the team and get us into that flow.”

Throughout the game, the Heat showed an incredible ability to play team basketball with all 10 players scoring in the contest.¬†Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Johnson¬†both played admirably off the bench. Olynyk had five points and four rebounds in his first game in Capital One Arena since he helped the Boston Celtics bounce the Wizards in a Game 7 of last year’s NBA playoffs. Tyler Johnson added seven points, five rebounds, and three assists in a solid performance as well.

The Heat may have been lucky to get the win considering the way they played in the second half of Friday’s game. They also proved in the first half, however, that when they are on, they are very hard to beat.

Miami will look to build off of this victory and get back to .500 on the season when they host the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 19.

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Joel Embiid Gives Shoutout to Hassan Whiteside After Monstrous Night http://heatnation.com/videos/joel-embiid-shout-hassan-whiteside-monstrous-night/ http://heatnation.com/videos/joel-embiid-shout-hassan-whiteside-monstrous-night/#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:49:00 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=23810 Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid had an amazing performance in his team’s 115-109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Embiid got close to a quadruple-double, recording 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and seven blocks. Speaking to reporters after the game, the 7-footer gave a shout out to Miami Heat center Hassan […]

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid had an amazing performance in his team’s 115-109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Embiid got close to a quadruple-double, recording 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and seven blocks. Speaking to reporters after the game, the 7-footer gave a shout out to Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside.

“I heard that it has never been done in the league ever before,” said Embiid. “I wish I could have had a quadruple-double in blocks, shoutout Hassan Whiteside. But I mean, like I said I just went out there and played basketball.”

There have only been four quadruple-doubles in NBA history. They were recorded by Nate Thurmond, Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and David Robinson.

There is a little bit of history between Embiid and Whiteside. After a preseason game between the 76ers and Heat, Embiid took some shots at Whiteside. Whiteside then responded on Twitter, where the two exchanged jabs.

The two teams will meet for the first time this season on Friday, Feb. 2 in Philadelphia. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

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Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards Game Recap: Heat Falter Late, Again http://heatnation.com/game-news/miami-heat-vs-washington-wizards-game-recap-heat-falter-late-again/ http://heatnation.com/game-news/miami-heat-vs-washington-wizards-game-recap-heat-falter-late-again/#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:35:47 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=23790 (Miami, FL) ‚Äď The Miami Heat played their first game at American Airlines Arena in two weeks when they faced off against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.¬†While the game¬†seemed to be headed for yet another nail-biter as the Heat faced off against one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference, the Wizards were […]

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(Miami, FL) ‚Äď The Miami Heat played their first game at American Airlines Arena in two weeks when they faced off against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.¬†While the game¬†seemed to be headed for yet another nail-biter as the Heat faced off against one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference, the Wizards were able to close out late in the game to claim an easy victory, 102-93.

Wednesday’s contest was a game of runs. Just when it seemed like the Heat were going to be able to close the deficit, or even increase their advantage, the Wizards were able to turn it on, allowing them to control the game from start to finish.

The Heat’s best chance to take home the win came in the final period¬†as they led by as¬†many as seven early in the quarter. With seven minutes remaining, however, the Wizards reclaimed the lead¬†thanks to two Bradley Beal free throws and never looked back. The Heat were outscored 29-13 in the second half of the final frame en route to their eight loss of the season.

While the Heat showed an ability to stick around with the Wizards at times, the several back-breaking runs that took place throughout the game ended up being the deciding factor in the contest.

“Just like we’ve been saying for a while, that word, to be able to sustain,” head coach Erik Spoelstra said following the loss. “We have some of the best basketball we could play and some of the worst basketball, and it will go back and forth countless time during the course of the game. So, it’s there. It’s neck up for us to be able to develop this mental resiliency and to be able to put our best game out there and sustain it for 48 minutes. … We have¬†these pockets during the course of games where we’re simply inconsistent during those stretches.”

The Wizards started the game off hot offensively, as they have done so all season (second in the NBA with 111.4 PPG). John Wall, who had 27 points, six assists, and four rebounds, and Beal, who had 26 points and  seven rebounds, led their team throughout the game, but every time they seemed to be on the verge of putting the game out of reach, the Heat found a way to claw back. The Heat were able to keep it close early in the first quarter thanks to Hassan Whiteside, who had eight in the period and 14 points and 21 rebounds in the game. However, the Wizards went on an 11-0 run to end the period, 30-19.

The Heat fought to get themselves back in the game in the second quarter. Thanks to Tyler Johnson, who scored 13 of his 15 points in the period, the Heat found themselves down eight with just over four minutes left in the half.

Moments later, Justise Winslow made a 25-foot 3-pointer, but just when it seemed like the Heat were going to be able to close the gap before the half, the Wizards took control once again. Just like in the final minutes of the first quarter, Washington put their offensive ability on display to close out the half on an impressive 11-4 run to control the game, 61-49, at the half.

It wasn’t until the third quarter that the Heat were finally able to make their move. They opened the quarter on a 12-1 run, led primarily by Dion Waiters, who¬†finished his night with 19 points and five assists.¬†With 2:20 remaining in the quarter, the Heat¬†claimed their first lead of the game after Goran Dragic hit a three-point shot to put the Heat up 72-71. The Heat were able to hold onto the lead into the final frame, but once again the Wizards’ offensive ability proved too much to keep up with.

While the Heat fought to keep it competitive until the very end, the Wizards proved why they are the class of the Eastern Conference in a game that was much harder fought than the final score indicated.

The Heat will look to avenge their loss against the Wizards in the next game when they travel to Washington, D.C. to face off against the 9-5 Wizards on Nov. 17.

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Miami Heat News: Okaro White Out Indefinitely After Suffering Fractured Left Foot http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-okaro-white-out-suffering-fractured-left-foot/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-okaro-white-out-suffering-fractured-left-foot/#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:14:36 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=23782 On Tuesday, the Miami Heat announced that forward Okaro White had injured his foot in practice and had been ruled out¬†for Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards. It wasn’t until Wednesday, however, that the team announced that White’s injury will keep him out far past Wednesday’s matchup. The Heat took to their official Twitter account […]

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On Tuesday, the Miami Heat announced that forward Okaro White had injured his foot in practice and had been ruled out¬†for Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards. It wasn’t until Wednesday, however, that the team announced that White’s injury will keep him out far past Wednesday’s matchup.

The Heat took to their official Twitter account to announce that White has fractured a bone in his left foot and is set to undergo surgery on Thursday. At this moment, there is no timetable for White’s return.

So far this season, White has averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He hasn’t seen the court since the Heat’s victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 5.¬†While White didn’t have a huge role in the Heat’s current rotation, only seeing 13.4 minutes per game so far this season, his absence will put added strain on James Johnson, Justise Winslow, and Kelly Olynyk.

White’s career with the Heat has been a feel-good story from the start. Last season, he took advantage of a 10-day contract and was later offered a two-year deal from the Heat in February. Following his surgery, White will look to begin his road to recovery so his storybook career can continue.

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Miami Heat News: Okaro White (Foot) to Miss Wednesday’s Game vs. Wizards http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-okaro-white-foot-miss-wednesdays-game-wizards/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-okaro-white-foot-miss-wednesdays-game-wizards/#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:04:51 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=23775 Miami Heat forward Okaro White will miss Wednesday‚Äôs home game against the Washington Wizards. The 25-year-old injured his foot in practice Tuesday and will be¬†re-evaluated Wednesday, per Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post. White, who started four consecutive games at power forward this season, has been averaging 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds a contest. […]

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Miami Heat forward Okaro White will miss Wednesday’s home game against the Washington Wizards. The 25-year-old injured his foot in practice Tuesday and will be re-evaluated Wednesday, per Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post.

White, who started four consecutive games at power forward this season, has been averaging 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds a contest. Although the Florida State University product hasn’t played in three games, he is a serviceable, defensive player the Heat can count on.

The¬†6-foot-8 success story has been one of four different power forwards, including James Johnson, Justise Winslow and Kelly Olynk, to start for the Heat this year. Among the bunch, White¬†was the only one to go undrafted. Before joining the team on a 10-day contact, which turned into a two-year deal, the¬†forward spent time overseas in Italy and Greece and with the Heat’s G League affiliate¬†Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Without White, the Heat will return home after a 3-3 road trip to take on the Eastern Conference’s third best team in the Wizards. The two Southwest division clubs¬†take center stage at American Airlines Arena on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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5 Things We Know So Far About the 2017-18 Miami Heat http://heatnation.com/editorials/5-things-we-know-so-far-about-2017-18-miami-heat/ http://heatnation.com/editorials/5-things-we-know-so-far-about-2017-18-miami-heat/#comments Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:57:06 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=23726 The 2017-18 Miami Heat have been a hard team to fully figure out so far this season. They have put on impressive displays early in games only to squander them in crunch time. At times, they have looked like the team that started last season 11-30 and at other times they have played very much […]

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The 2017-18 Miami Heat have been a hard team to fully figure out so far this season.

They have put on impressive displays early in games only to squander them in crunch time. At times, they have looked like the team that started last season 11-30 and at other times they have played very much like the team that finished last season 30-11. Luckily, both the team and its fans have a lot of time to figure out their true identity, but there are several things we know about the Heat already.

1. Hassan Whiteside still has room to grow

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The 28-year-old big man has all the potential in the world. Not only has he displayed tremendous ability on the defensive side of the ball (proven by being the NBA blocks leader in 2016 and the NBA rebounding leader in 2017), but he has also begun to flourish offensively. So far this season, Hassan Whiteside is averaging an impressive 15.9 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, but those numbers could become even more impressive if Whiteside continues to work to put it all together.

More recently, the 7-footer struggled¬†against the defending champion Golden State Warriors with just three points and six rebounds, and was ultimately benched by head coach Erik Spoelstra. It was a worrying sign that perhaps Spoelstra¬†didn’t have as much faith in Whiteside as did the front office, which offered him a four-year, $98 million contract last season.

With the help of his team captains after the game, however, Whiteside got back on track and put on a dazzling display in the the following game against the Phoenix Suns when he had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks in just 28 minutes of play. Both games were a reflection of what Whiteside is capable of. He can get shut down completely in one game, and be nearly unstoppable in the next. If he can develop a bit more consistency, the Heat will be a very hard team to beat.

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