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Miami Heat News And Notes: It’s Time To Step Up

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Happy third week of June!

As the Miami Heat prepare to resume the 2019-20 NBA season, let’s revisit what news you may have missed this week (June 15-21).

Heat Set To Play 3 Scrimmage Games From July 22-29

Prior to the resumption of the 2019-20 season, the NBA has scheduled three scrimmage games for each team starting July 22 and ending July 29.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the three games will be played against teams residing in their same hotel. In the Miami Heat’s case, who’ll be staying at the Disney World’s Grand Destino, will be eligible to play the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and Utah Jazz.

Who Will Be Heat’s X-Factor Upon League’s Return?

Championships are won through the performances of a team’s star players. Almost always, there play could determine the outcome of a series and ultimately their postseason fate.

However, sometimes the result of a game comes from the help of an X-factor. Whether it be the star’s side-kick or a surprise role player, the X-factor could have the final say to closing a team’s playoff run.

We decided to evaluate a number of players that could serve as Miami’s X-factor as the league’s return at Disney World approaches.

The Lexington To Miami Pipeline

From Pat Riley to Bam Adebayo to Tyler Herro, the Miami Heat have generated part of its ongoing success through the University of Kentucky.

And as of now, the pipeline between Miami and the Wildcats has excelled, bringing the Heat it’s youngest NBA All-Star in Bam Adebayo, and a go-to shooter in Tyler Herro.

As NBA teams, including the Heat, continue to scout what’s in store in the 2020 Draft, let’s take a look at the Kentucky Wildcat players that could fall in the hands of Miami.

What If Ray Allen Missed The Shot

Basketball fans vividly remember Ray Allen’s three-pointer to force overtime in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

While Friday was a day to commemorate Allen’s shot and the impact it left in Miami Heat history, it’s worthy to note a theory that’ll forever remain unanswered: What if the shot didn’t go in?‬

Mario Chalmers Listening To Possibility Of NBA Return

While it won’t likely be with the Miami Heat, Mario Chalmers is open to the possibility of making his NBA return as a substitution player for those who choose not to compete in Orlando for the rest of the 2019-20 season.

“How true is this statement. Cause there is a couple of us that’s ready and waiting,” Chalmers said in an Instagram post.

Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves and then sent to the Miami Heat in the 2008 NBA Draft, Chalmers worked his way up in Miami’s rotation, eventually becoming the starting point guard during the famous big-three era. He ultimately won two championships with the organization.

Taking A Look At The Past

Last week marked numerous key moments that all left a drastic impact in Miami Heat history.

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Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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