Happy last week of June! With the return of Miami Heat basketball being just over a month away, let’s revisit some of last week’s news that you may have missed (June 22-28).
The NBA has released the schedule for all 22 teams involved in the resumption of the 2019-20 season. The Miami Heat’s games in order are as followed: Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers.
The Heat’s eight-game schedule will be played in 14 days, kicking things off August 1. Miami will play Indiana twice, and everyone else just once. They will play back-to-back games on August 3 and August 4.
Miami will compete in two weekday afternoon games, one Saturday afternoon game, one Saturday night game and three weeknight games. The time for a Friday matchup against Indiana — which wraps up the season — is to-be-determined.
Miami’s seeding could possibly skyrocket to second-place, or tumble down to sixth-place. And with the hardest strength of schedule in the NBA, the odds are against the team that has exceeded early expectations.
I decided to analyze all of Miami’s eight regular-season games and how they could play out.
From having a comfortable schedule — prior to the season’s hiatus — to arguably one of the toughest heading into Disney World, Erik Spoelstra’s Miami Heat are in for a rollercoaster ride.
Although they have already clinched a trip to the playoffs — 41-24 record before the hiatus, holding the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference standings — the Heat have weight on their shoulders to remain dominant off the gate and jump in the standings.
As a 17-year veteran with numerous trips to the postseason under his belt, Udonis Haslem knows what it’s like to deal with moments that require one to be mentally prepared. And as the Heat‘s June 8 arrival at Disney World approaches, Haslem’s ready to keep his teammates in check from all excuses.
Miami Heat forward and reigning Slam Dunk Contest champion, Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Jones Jr. has remained asymptomatic and is expected to travel with the Heat for their projected July 8 bus trip to Disney’s Wide World of Sports campus.
The NBA began mandatory testing players for COVID-19 on Tuesday, anticipating that those who test positive will have enough time to recover and return to their teams by the leagues scheduled July 30 return to play.
The Miami Heat have made it known that they plan on keeping their roster the way it is, following Sunday’s 5:00 PM ET deadline in which teams could waive players.
This comes as no surprise, as the Heat were never rumored to be interested in signing any player during the “transaction window,” which allowed teams the chance to sign players on their rosters from June 22 to July 1.
Miami Heat two-way player Gabe Vincent has been named the 2019-20 NBA G League Most Improved Player, the league announced on Monday.
After a brief stint with the Stockton Kings early in the 2019-20 season, Vincent made the move to the Sioux Falls Skyforce – the Heat’s G League affiliate – after signing a two-way deal with the team following the release of Daryl Macon.
Playing in 31 games, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 20.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists, shooting a G League-high 4.2 three-pointers per game with a 40.3 percentage from beyond the arc. Vincent topped Raptors two-way player Paul Watson and Warriors guard Mychal Mulder for the Most Improved award.
Following a 31 game stint with the Phoenix Suns earlier in the season, Tyler Johnson has found a new home in the NBA. Well, at least for the Disney bubble.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Johnson has inked a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, filling the void of a guard spot with Kyrie Irving out.
The Nets also waived Theo Pinson Tuesday night.
Friday marked 17 years since the Miami Heat selected Dwyane Wade with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.
The rest is history.