Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days: Miami Heat

We continue our 2014-15 NBA season preview series, "30 Teams in 30 Days", with a quick visit down to South Beach, where the Miami Heat has gone through a drastic makeover, but their quest to bring home another NBA title to Miami will still be their ultimate goal this season, with some changes.

Last season's record: 54-28(2nd in Eastern Conference; def. CHA 4-0 in Eastern Conference 1st round; def. def. BKN 4-1 in Eastern Conference semi-finals; def. IND 4-2 in Eastern Conference Finals; lost to SA 4-1 in NBA Finals)

Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra(8th season, 314-162 with MIA)

Key additions: Josh McRoberts, Shannon Brown

Key loss: LeBron James

Arena: AmericanAirlinesArena(19,600)


The Miami Heat is often known for one thing: Running up the score and ending the game early, and that was their mantra last season, finishing with a 54-28 mark, good enough for second in the Eastern Conference, and in the playoffs, they easily swept Charlotte in 4 straight games, defeating the Brooklyn Nets in the second round, and eliminating the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, setting up the showdown with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, but in the end, it was San Antonio that annihilated Miami by defeating the Heat 4-1, and signaling the end of the "Big 3" as we know it, as one LeBron James decided to go back home to Cleveland to rejoin the Cavaliers.

That would leave Miami with some questions to ask themselves, how would they continue to be one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade now running the show in Miami?  The answer came with the signings of Josh McRoberts, who spent last season with Charlotte, and also adding in Shannon Brown to the fold for Erik Spoelstra's ball club, as this may somewhat be a rebuilding year for the Heat as they move forward entering the 2014-15 campaign, and some may consider this year's edition of the Heat as a team in rebuilding mode, but we'll have to watch and see what will happen to them when the season begins in a few weeks from now.

Upcoming team previews in the "30 Teams in 30 Days" series

  • Thursday: New Orleans Pelicans
  • Friday: Houston Rockets
  • Saturday: San Antonio Spurs
  • Sunday: Dallas Mavericks 

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