The Miami Heat’s 4th Week In Review

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Miami bounced back this week after going 1-2 last week. The Heat had three games against teams with losing records and they won all three beating Detroit, Cleveland, and New Orleans. The Heat currently sit with a 9-3 record led by Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler. Adebayo and Butler both currently sit in the top 10 of Basketball-reference’s MVP tracker.

If Butler and Adebayo can continue their dominant play especially on the defensive end Miami could be a real threat to grab a top-three seed in the East. Miami has three games next week as they take on Cleveland, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

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The Miami Heat’s 3rd Week In Review

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The Miami Heat went 1-2 in week 3, as they had their first losing week of the season. At a glance that 1-2 record may look ugly but it is not that bad as if you look deeper you see Miami had 3 road games against teams with winning records (Phoenix, Denver, Lakers). Miami will look to bounce back this week coming up as they have 3 games against teams with losing records (Detroit, Cleveland, and New Orleans).

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The Miami Heat’s First Week In Review

The Miami Heat have started their season off 2-1 without their star Jimmy Butler.

The big news to come out before the first game is that the undrafted rookie, out of Oakland, Kendrick Nunn was to start even if Butler was playing. At the time that drew a lot of questions however everyone in Miami now knows why; as the rookie is averaging 22.3 PPG while shooting 51.9% from the field and 42.1% behind the arc. Nunn isn’t the only unknown undrafted rookie to make an impact on this new-look Miami team. Chris Silva brings hustle, and heart to the team that has many comparing him to Heat legend Udonis Haslem. Silva is not only hustle he is also productive as he has a PER of 28.25 and he leads Miami in blocks with 1.7 per game. Miami impressed in week one in the win over Memphis and a road win in Milwaukee. Miami’s week 2 schedule has them facing Atlanta twice in two days and it also contains a trip to Houston. We’ll see if Miami can build on a good start especially with the likely return of Jimmy Butler.

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NBA Power Rankings Week 1

By: Justin Girshon

(Written before the start of games played on Monday, October 28th).

1. Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers have started the season off hot! After a big offseason acquiring Josh Richardson and Al Horford, the 76ers have so far lived up to the hype. The Sixers started the year off strong by defeating the Celtics and Pistons en route to a 2-0 record. So far, Tobias Harris is the teams leading scorer at 22 points per game, Ben Simmons is the teams top passer at 9.5 assists per game, and Joel Embiid 13 rebounds per game (only played one game due to ankle injury).

2. Denver Nuggets

After being eliminated in the Western Conference Semi-Finals in the 2019 playoffs, the Nuggets retained their main core of players for the 2019-2020 NBA season. So far, the Nuggets have started off strong by defeating the Trail Blazers and Suns leading them to a 2-0 record. To start off the season, Nikola Jokic has looked like an MVP. Jokic is the Nuggets leading scorer with 21.5 points per game, top passer at 7 assists per game and top rebounder at 13.5 rebounds per game.

3. Los Angeles Clippers

After a HUGE offseason acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers immediately became Finals contenders. Although Paul George is currently out until at least some point until November, the Clippers are still very well built around Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers started the year strong with a statement win against LeBron and the Lakers. The Clippers then proceeded to beat the reigning Western Conference Champion, Golden State Warriors. Although the Clippers started off the year strong, the team unexpectedly lost to the Suns who are nowhere near as good as them. Kawhi leonard hasn’t skipped a beat since winning NBA Finals MVP starting the 2019-2020 NBA season at an MVP level. So far, Kawhi Leonard leads the team in scoring at 26 points per game, Kawhi Leonard is the teams top passer at 8 assists per game, and Patrick Beaverly is the teams top rebounder at 7 rebounds per game.

4. Milwaukee Bucks

After losing in the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2019 Playoffs, the Bucks resigned Khris Middelton and Brook Lopez. The Bucks defeated the Rockets in their first game of the season but then blew a 21 point lead in a loss to the Heat. Although the Bucks are only 1-1, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has been playing at an MVP level. Giannis is so far averaging a triple double with 29.5 points per game, 10 assists per game, and 15 rebounds per game. Giannis leads the team in scoring, assists, and rebounding.

5. Los Angeles Lakers

After a blockbuster offseason trade to acquire Anthony Davis and LeBron James returning to full health, the Lakers are primed to make an NBA Finals run. Although the Lakers dropped their first game of the season to the Clippers, they responded with wins against the Jazz and Hornets. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have played well together averaging a combined 48.8 points per game, 13.3 assists per game, and 17.7 rebounds per game. Anthony Davis leads all scorers at 25 points per game and rebounders at 10 rebounds per game. LeBron James is the team leader in assists at 10 assists per game.

6. Utah Jazz

After acquiring Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic, the Jazz made it clear that they will be NBA Finals contenders. The Jazz have started the season 2-1 defeating the Thunder and Kings and losing to the Lakers (Bogdanovic didn’t play due to injury). The Jazz currently have the best defense in the NBA and will certainly take pride in their defense all season long. To start the season, Donovan Mitchell is the leading scorer at 23.7 points per game, Mike Conley is the assist leader at 5.3 assists per game, and Rudy Gobert leads the team in rebounding at 9.7 rebounds per game.

7. Portland Trail Blazers

After being swept in the Western Conference Finals during the 2019 playoffs, the Trail Blazers have a chip on their shoulder. The Trail Blazers acquired tenacious rebounder Hassan Whiteside this past offseason while retaining their main core of players. After an opening night loss, the Trail Blazers have responded well with two straight wins. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have proved themselves as a dynamic backcourt by averaging 53.7 points per game. Lillard leads the team in scoring and assists with 31.7 points and 6 assists per game. Hassan Whiteside leads the team in rebounding at 14 rebounds per game

8. Boston Celtics

In a crazy offseason, the Celtics have still put together a good enough roster to contend in the Eastern Conference. Although Kyrie Irving and Al Horford walked in free agency, the Celtics were able to retain their young core while adding Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter. The Celtics started the season off on the wrong foot by getting destroyed by the 76ers but have responded well with two straight wins. Kemba Walker has led the team in scoring with 22 points per game. Marcus Smart leads the team with 5 assists per game. Jayson Tatum leads the team in rebounds with 9.3 rebounds per game.

9. Toronto Raptors

After winning the 2019 NBA Finals, the Raptors will look to defend their title during the 2019-2020 season. Although Kawhi Leonard departed during free agency, the Raptors still have a solid core built around Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Fred VanVleet and company. The Raptors are 2-1 with a close loss to the Celtics. Fred VanVleet is continuing to stay hot from the Finals as he’s averaging 19.3 points per game. Pascal Siakam currently leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 28.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Kyle Lowry leads the team in assists with 7 assists per game.

10. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves have started the year an unexpected 3-0. The Timberwolves are playing extremely well thanks to franchise player, Karl-Anthony Towns. In their first three games, the Timberwolves have defeated the Nets, Hornets, and Heat. The team is so far being led by Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and their defense. Towns and Wiggins are averaging a combined 52.7 points and 19.3 rebounds per game. Towns is leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 32 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. Shabazz Napier currently leads the team with 6 assists per game.

The Best of the Rest

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11. Houston Rockets

12. San Antonio Spurs

13. Miami Heat

14. Atlanta Hawks

15. Dallas Mavericks

16. Phoenix Suns

17. Brooklyn Nets

18. Orlando Magic

19. Golden State Warriors

20. Oklahoma City Thunder

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21. Memphis Grizzlies

22. New Orleans Pelicans

23. Detroit Pistons

24. Chicago Bulls

25. Washington Wizards

26. Sacramento Kings

27. Indiana Pacers

28. Cleveland Cavaliers

29. Charlotte Hornets

30. New York Knicks

Check back next week for NBA Power Rankings Week 2!

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All Possible Starting lineups for the Heat next season

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The Miami Heat changed their starting 5 a lot last season but with new faces joining, Erik Spoelstra may elect to try to find consistency with his starters. He has a deep roster and many possible lineups to choose from.

Point Justise

Winslow, Waiters, Butler, Olynyk, Bam

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Winslow, Herro, Butler, Olynyk, Bam

Winslow, Herro, Butler, Johnson, Bam

Winslow, Butler, Johnson, Olynyk, Bam

Dragic Runs the point

Dragic, Butler, Winslow, Olynyk, Bam

Dragic, Butler, Winslow, Johnson, Bam

Dragic, Butler, Johnson, Olynyk, Bam

Dragic, Waiters, Butler, Winslow, Bam

Dragic, Waiters, Butler, Olynyk, Bam

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Dragic, Herro, Butler, Winslow, Bam

Dragic, Herro, Butler, Johnson, Bam

Dragic, Herro, Butler, Winslow, Bam

Miami Heat complete 4 team trade to bring Jimmy Butler to Miami

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Jimmy Butler has had interest in joining Miami ever since he demanded a trade from the Timberwolves, he has now finally landed in Miami. It took multiple tries and 4 teams but Pat Riley was able to get it done.

Miami receives: Jimmy Butler, Meyers Leonard

Philadelphia receives: Josh Richardson

Portland receives: Hassan Whiteside

LA Clippers: Maurice Harkless, future protected 1st round pick via Miami

Miami was forced to give up promising two-way wing Josh Richardson and a future first round pick to bring in All Star Jimmy Butler. Butler is known for his intense defense and ability to score. Miami was in need of a primary scorer and it seems like they found that guy in Butler. Miami may not be done as many reports believe that they have more deals lined up.

Miami does not cap space so if they wish to improve their roster they’ll have to do so by the way of trades. Miami can still sign any free agents to the minimum and possible options are DeMarcus Cousins, Jamal Crawford, TJ McConnell, and Vince Carter. Expect Pat Riley to make some more noise as they Heat aren’t done.

Miami Heat Draft Recap

The Miami Heat went into the draft with the 13th and 44th overall picks, after a night full of trades the Heat ended up with the 13th 32nd and 44th picks. The heat selected Tyler Herro out of Kentucky at 13, KZ Okpala from Stanford at 32, and Bol Bol from Oregon at 44. The heat decided to trade Bol Bol’s draft rights to the Denver Nuggets for a future 2nd round pick and cash considerations. Let’s focus on what kind of Players Herro and Okpala are.

Herro is a 6’5 wing player that can shoot from the outside and make plays for others; on the defensive end, he is a true competitor and moves his feet well. Herro’s most exciting quality is how he can score in a multitude of ways.

Herro projects to be a rotation player who can be instant offense off the bench for the Heat next season.

KZ Okpala is a 6’9 wing with a 7’2 wingspan and 37′ vertical. Okpala is uber-athletic and can get to the rim with ease. Okpala is great in transition and is a strong finisher. Okpala has a couple of weaknesses specifically his outside shot and on the defensive end, he needs to improve his shot and defense in order to be a reliable player for Erik Spoelstra. Despite his weaknesses in his game, Okpala’s measurements are too good to pass up.

KZ Okpala projects to be a 10-15 minute guy that can step in and bring energy off the bench.

D-Wade Drops 30 in Final Home Game

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Miami Heat and NBA legend, Dwyane Wade, played his final home game for the Heat and his NBA career Tuesday night. Wade left by putting on a show, dropping 30 points in 35 minutes, along with 3 assists and 3 rebounds, and blowing out the Philadelphia 76er’s 122-99 in a win that Miami fans will remember forever.

Wade is retiring after the 2018-2019 NBA season, and with that, we are losing one of the best players the game has ever seen. Wade came into the league in the loaded 2003 NBA draft, but he didn’t let anyone overshadow him. In his career, D-Wade averaged 22-5-5, was a 13x All-Star, 8x All-NBA, and won three NBA championships, with a Finals MVP in 2006 when he put on one of the greatest playoffs runs we’ve ever seen.

The Heat were eliminated from playoff contention during the game, so Wade’s last career game will be on Wednesday in Brooklyn. Wade will retire the Heat’s franchise leader in games, points, assists, and many more categories.

If you haven’t seen the ceremony Miami gave for Wade, I highly recommend it. Dwyane Wade is one of the best players we’ve ever seen, we may have even taken it for granted at times, but nevertheless, the future Hall-of-Famer put on a show as he leaves on his own terms at his own time.

Thank You D-Wade

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