Heat open new era, top Wizards 107-95 in opener (Yahoo Sports)

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 29: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat drives to the rim during the Opening night game against the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Arena on October 29, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Miami’s new era got off to the best possible start. Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points after winning Miami’s starting point-guard job, and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Washington Wizards 107-95 on Wednesday night – the first time in five years they played an opener without James. ”Heat Nation was waiting for this game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ”We were waiting for this game.” Dwyane Wade added 21 points for Miami, 12 of those down the stretch after he briefly departed with a calf injury.

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Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat 10/29/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Miami Heat began the post-LeBron era with a 107-95 win over the Washington Wizards.

Chris Bosh led the way with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter after briefly leaving the game with a leg injury.

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Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The Washington Wizards open the season Wednesday by visiting the Miami Heat, who are mercifully without the services of LeBron James after making four consecutive NBA Finals appearances. 

While Washington remains a team on the upswing with a talented young backcourt and solid defensive ability, Miami looks set for a serious backslide now that King James has abdicated from his kingdom, even with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh returning.

The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can catch the local TV feed on Sun Sports or CSNB.

Keep it right here for all the breakdowns before, during and after the game!

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Miami Heat: Top 5 Most Impressive Players During The Preseason

The Miami Heat didn’t exactly start the preseason with a bang.
Despite two of their first four preseason games heading into overtime, the Heat started out 0-4. Luckily for Miami, they were able to finish out the exhibition schedule by winning their last four games, including wins over playoff teams in all four contests.
Though the Heat did end their preseason slate with a .500 record, it’s not the wins and losses that are important during this time of the year–it’s the play and development of the young players and newcomers to the roster. For the Heat, it was their most important preseason since 2010 when the ‘Big Three’ formed for the first time.
Fast forward to present-day, and the team is in a ‘reconstruction’ mode. While the franchise is still a heavy contender in the Eastern Conference, they will have to adjust to life without the four-time MVP, LeBron James. Not only did James leave, but so did key players such as Ray Allen, James Jones, Michael Beasley, Shane Battier and Rash…

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Miami Heat News: McRoberts Likely To Miss Regular Season Opener

It would appear that Josh McRoberts won’t make his return in the season opener after all.
Less than a month after undergoing toe surgery, McRoberts is still not 100 percent. The Sun Sentinel’s Shandel Richardson reports that the power forward is likely to sit Wednesday’s opener versus the Washington Wizards. All previous reports indicated that McRoberts would be ready in time for the regular season opener, despite sitting out the entire preseason.
It has been a rough start to the veteran’s Heat career, as he has yet to even participate in a training camp practice with his new teammates. Throughout the preseason, coach Erik Spoelstra played around with different starting lineups due to McRoberts’ injury. For the majority of the preseason, Shawne Williams started in McRoberts’ power forward spot. Danny Granger even received a start at the four spot during the eight-game preseason schedule.
While it’s surprising to Heat fans that the 6’10″ forward might miss the opener, McRoberts didn’…

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Miami Heat News: Heat Waive Forward Khem Birch

The Miami Heat have decided to waive power forward Khem Birch instead of shooting guard Andre Dawkins to trim its roster size to the league allowable maximum of 15 players.
The Miami Heat waived C/PF Khem Birch out of UNLV.
— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) October 25, 2014
Looks like Duke SG Andre Dawkins could stick with Heat — Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) October 25, 2014

The move is very surprising because of the Heat’s lack of rebounding prowess and inside presence, especially with Miami’s newfound backup shooting guard in Mario Chalmers.
Birch averaged 16.9 minutes in six games and was able to pull down 5.5 rebounds and block 1.17 shots per game. His rebounding average was second best on the team, while he led the Heat in blocked shots. In my opinion, Birch was exactly the type of player the Heat needed: a nitty, gritty blue-collared type of player that could help the team without having to touch the basketball.
Apparently the Heat organization didn’t see that, as they fou…

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5 Things Miami Heat Must Be Concerned About Entering 2014-15 Season

The Miami Heat‘s preseason is in the books, and there is a great deal to be gleaned from it.

The Heat showed a lot that could make one optimistic about the upcoming regular season, but they also showed a lot that could make one pessimistic about how strong this team is going to be.

For now, we’re going to focus on the negative. Let’s take a look at the five things Miami should be most concerned about heading into its first year of the post-LeBron James era of basketball. 

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Bosh, Wade lead Heat past Grizzlies 104-98 (Yahoo Sports)

MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 24: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat shoots against the Memphis Grizzlies on October 24, 2014 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade helped the Miami Heat close the preseason with their fourth straight win, but the reserves preserved the victory. Bosh scored 21 points, Wade added 16, and the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 on Friday night. ”I thought we did a good job, especially late in the preseason, of getting to our game and everyone still feeling comfortable in their roles.” The Heat bench pushed the lead to 17 early in the fourth quarter. Despite Memphis pulling within 94-91 near the 4-minute mark, the Grizzlies were unable to get closer.

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Miami Heat vs. Memphis Grizzlies 10/24/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies each looked for a victory when the two sides squared off in a preseason clash Friday night. The veteran Heat were looking to continue jelling without LeBron James, but faced a tough test from the front court of the Grizzlies.

Watch the video for full highlights.

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Miami Heat News: Heat Cut Tyler Johnson, Shawn Jones, and Larry Drew II

The Miami Heat roster now stands at 16 players.
Early Thursday morning the Heat got closer to their final opening night roster — which must be trimmed to a maximum of 15 players — by releasing Tyler Johnson, Shawn Jones, and Larry Drew II. The release of Larry Drew II was expected as the Heat’s intentions were to sign and release him in order to assign him to their D-League affiliate team the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
On the other hand, forward Shawn Jones didn’t seem like he was particularly ready for the NBA level. In 16.5 minutes of play through four games, Jones only averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds and evidently did not impress the Heat organization. Jones is very nitty gritty, however, he will need to be developed further before he’s ready for a NBA team.
The most surprising cut out of the three has to be shooting guard Tyler Johnson. Although a bit out of control at times, Johnson’s athleticism and raw talent were clearly there as he would have been the perfect player to deve…

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