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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Why Heat know they can compete without LeBron

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have new types of pressure, but the Heat are more relaxed now.

      
 

 

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Dwyane Wade Meets Heat Fan ‘Granny Nelly’ For Her 90th Birthday (Video)

The NBA has always made it their staple to ensure athletes were truly appreciative off all their fans. In a touching video, Dwyane Wade gives a chance of lifetime to a die hard Miami Heat fan Granny Nelly. All she wanted for her 90th birthday gift was an opportunity to play 1-on-1 with the 3-time world champion D.Wade. Granny Nelly even posted a video showcasing her shooting skills in her backyard prior to meeting Wade at the Heat’s practice facility. A dream come true says Granny Nelly, a memorable moment she will relive forever.

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Shabazz Napier Forcing Way into Miami Heat Point Guard Conversation

Shabazz Napier once seemed like another reason for LeBron James to remain with the Miami Heat.

No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier,” King James tweeted in April.

Team president Pat Riley denied that James actively had anything to do with the organization’s decision to acquire Napier (by trade on draft night), telling reporters, “The point is, if LeBron and I have the same taste in talent, so be it.”

The 23-year-old’s addition didn’t ultimately persuade James to stick around, but it may nevertheless have an immediate impact on a club in desperate need of some playmaking.

Riley got Napier just weeks after starting point guard Mario Chalmers flopped in the Finals, averaging 4.4 points and 33.3 percent shooting in five games against the San Antonio Spurs. Miami ultimately elected to keep Chalmers—a free agent this summer—but it’s become no secret this team needs improved play from its floor general.

Chalmers and reserve point guard Norris Cole have had solid, if uneven, preseasons. 

Napier has been the story instead, making an increasingly strong case for heavy minutes in Miami’s rotation this season—perhaps starting from day one.

The Connecticut product has averaged 16.8 points through his last four preseason contests, a marked improvement over the nine combined points he scored in the first two games.

As the Miami Herald‘s Joseph Goodman recently noted, “With each passing preseason game, Heat rookie point guard Shabazz Napier is providing more and more proof that LeBron James’ skills as an evaluator of talent might be better than previously thought.”

Something seems to be clicking for the 24th overall pick.

After a woefully inefficient performance during NBA Summer League play, Napier is now demonstrating a steadier shot while adding some passing, defense and a knack for getting to the free-throw line (where he made 12 of 14 attempts in a preseason meeting with the Spurs).

Napier chalked up the rough Summer League debut to the basketball.

“I just want to continue to get better at everything,” Napier told reporters in August. “But my biggest thing is getting comfortable with that basketball. That’s one of my biggest problems and it’s kind of ironic, because it’s a basketball. But it’s different than a college basketball.”

Sounds plausible enough. 

“The funny thing is, I never really touched an NBA ball until I left school,” he added. “I told myself I never wanted to. I felt like it was superstitious, like something bad was going to happen, like I had to earn it. I never touched it and it’s definitely different. This ball is leather and the biggest thing for me now is getting comfortable with it.”

It just one of the learning curves for the young pro. While a small sample size of preseason work may inspire optimism, head coach Erik Spoelstra hasn’t been convinced of much—even after Napier’s 25-point outburst against San Antonio.

“He just needs to keep working,” Spoelstra told reporters this week. “That’s the only message I’ve given him. We have seen a residual from all the time he has put in, but we’re not drawing any conclusions at this point.”

It’s a conservative approach made possible by Chalmers and Cole, both of whom are already familiar with Spoelstra’s system.

There’s not yet any guarantee Napier cracks the rotation, much less the starting lineup. But four seasons at UConn and a national championship may have prepared him to seize a moment like this and compete for minutes at a position of renewed importance in Miami.

Without James’ leadership on the floor, the Heat’s platoon of point guards will be responsible for running the offense.

“We’re going to be reliant on those guys to handle the ball a lot more for us,” forward Chris Bosh explained to media this week. “Before, we had the luxury of having LeBron be that big point guard and get us into our sets, and [Cole and Chalmers] could kind of take it off a little bit and get in the corner and make plays.

“But now they’re going to have to be the ones calling the plays, getting everyone set, making that extra pass and making the game easier for everybody else.”

Napier has shown flashes of those playmaking instincts during the preseason, tallying seven assists against the Cleveland Cavaliers and twice recording four dimes. That’s the kind of poise and production that could make playing time at the 1 spot a three-man race.

Chalmers is going into his seventh season with the club, coming off of a largely successful campaign in which he averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 assists in 29.8 minutes per game. He made a career-high 45.4 percent of his field-goal attempts, solidifying his status as a reliable role player and earning himself a new contract worth two years and $8.3 million.

He started in all 73 of his games a season ago and remains the favorite to retain that status in 2014-15.

Cole averaged a career-high 24.6 minutes per contest last season (his third), but he’s done little to secure a more prominent role. The 26-year-old adds some energy and a change of pace, but problems with efficiency have persisted to the tune of 41.4 percent shooting a season ago.

So there’s a real opportunity for Napier to prove himself an upgrade over Cole, perhaps even a rival for Chalmers’ starting minutes.

If not now, then soon.

Belief in Napier’s ability isn’t simply a matter of reading preseason tea leaves. There’s a reason James and others have praised his upside.

As the South Florida Sun Sentinel‘s Ira Winderman recently put it, “There is something about Napier when it comes to having the ‘it’ factor.”

“I know it’s cliche, but the kid is a winner and carries himself on the court as someone who is comfortable no matter the pressure or surroundings,” Winderman wrote. “I’m not sure he will be a classically consistent scorer, but he has shown time and again the ability to step up to the moment, with his late 3-pointer against the Warriors another of those moments, albeit an exhibition moment.”

Sooner or later, those kind of intangibles could force Spoelstra to make some decisions about his rotation.

“He’s a heady player,” Spoelstra told reporters this month. “He’s playing with more confidence now, playing off his instincts more than he was this summer. I think it was overwhelming this summer. To his credit, he put in a lot of time after that. He rolled up his sleeves and got to work. That’s all we need of him.”

With that hard work and a little opportunity, Miami may get exactly what it needs. In a season that will be defined by what it could have been, Shabazz Napier is one reason to imagine all it still could be.

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Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat 10/21/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Houston Rockets looked to continue their strong preseason campaign on Tuesday against the Miami Heat. The Rockets’ explosive offense faced a tough test against the Heat, who were still looking to jell in the post-LeBron James era. 

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Dwyane Wade Should Take Back Seat to Chris Bosh for Miami Heat

Dwyane Wade used to lead the Miami Heat by example, helping the franchise fill the win column by leaving overstuffed stat lines next to his name.

During the past four seasons, though, he led by sacrifice, giving former teammate LeBron James control of everything from the biggest box scores to the key to the city. While James has bolted back to Ohio, the challenge for Wade hasn’t changed.

Miami still needs him to be in a giving mood; only versatile big man Chris Bosh will now be the one grabbing the wheel.

Bosh may not actually be a better player than Wade, but that has never been the motivation for the latter to give up control of the spotlight. During their first full season together, Wade and James sat on a nearly even plane. Both averaged more than 25 points (25.5 and 26.7, respectively) and six rebounds (6.4 and 7.5), and both hit at least half of their field-goal attempts (50.0 and 51.0).

Wade and James dominated together, and the Heat followed their lead to 58 wins and an NBA Finals appearance. As good as it was, Wade knew it could be better.

Despite clearly possessing superstar credentials of his own, he willingly signed off on a sidekick role that would ultimately better structure the franchise.

“Are we going to be good if me and him are both scoring 27 a night?” Wade said in 2012, per ESPN.com’s Israel Gutierrez. “Yeah, we’re gonna be good, but it would be too much, ‘OK, it’s your turn, now it’s your turn.’ I wanted to give him the opportunity where he didn’t have to think about that.”

With James at the controls and Wade filling in where needed, Miami claimed consecutive NBA championships in 2012 and 2013.

That ceiling no longer exists in South Beach. Optimistic projections pit the Heat as one of several teams battling for the Eastern Conference’s No. 3 seed behind James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and the Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls.

Still, the blueprint to reach those expectations—or perhaps even surpass them—is the same as it was with a world title on the line: Wade needs to reprise his Robin role and let Bosh take over as Miami’s new Batman.

Bosh is younger than Wade (30 to 32), more durable (20 games missed the past three seasons to 58) and more expensive ($20.6 million to $15 million). All signs point to Bosh leading this team between the lines, including coach Erik Spoelstra‘s plan to take full advantage of his center’s deep bag of offensive tricks.

“What C.B. understands is he has a lot of responsibilities,” Spoelstra told reporters, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel‘s Ira Winderman, earlier this month. “And if we’re just talking offensive, he has a lot to do for us, in terms of facilitating, in terms of scoring, in terms of spacing the floor, and doing that from different areas on the court.”

It’s been a while since Bosh held center stage at this level.

He was the Toronto Raptors‘ focal point the first seven seasons of his career. During his final five years north of the border, he put up 22.8 points on 50.0 percent shooting and 9.9 rebounds a night. Back then, he would bully his defender on the low block, shred nets from the mid-range or explode to the basket off face-up looks from the elbow.

Heat fans rarely saw that part of Bosh’s arsenal.

With the slashing and post games of James and Wade, Miami didn’t need—or even want—Bosh to be a force around the basket. Instead, the Heat carved him a finesse role that played up his shooting touch on the perimeter.

Bosh attempted 168 threes during his entire tenure with Toronto. He launched 218 last season alone and connected on 74 of them (33.9 percent).

With James out, the Heat can’t afford to leave Bosh in a specialist’s role. They need to get him back on the low block and allow him to show he can still carry the burden as a No. 1 option.

But it’s not as simple as rediscovering his old Raptors form. What the Heat really need is an amalgamation of the interior force from back then with today’s perimeter threat, a superb scorer capable of putting up points from anywhere on the floor.

Blending those two styles together won’t be easy, but Bosh told Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling that he’s ready to embrace the challenge:

I really want to do it for the city of Miami—to show my evolution and my growth, and display a different level of my talent. It’s not easy; I went from [about] 20 [points] and 10 [rebounds] in Toronto to 16 and 7 last season.

I’m a much better player than I was in Toronto, and I’ll be able to give Miami a lot more. I’m excited to really test out what I’ve done over these years, as far as leadership is concerned, as far as what’s on the court is concerned, and really put it out there.

As tough as the road ahead might be for Bosh, Wade’s could be far more difficult.

After having missed an average of 19 games the past three seasons, he can’t possibly know how his body will cooperate going forward. The Heat don’t have the depth to put him on a carefully managed maintenance plan like they did last season, so he’ll have to squeeze whatever he can out of his creaky knees.

“My focus is that every day, whether I’m feeling amazing or not, I want to come up here and practice and be available for my teammates,” he told Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick. “Give them what I’m able to give them that day, and so forth. That’s the mindset I have.”

Miami might appreciate his effort, but it obviously needs something a tad more reliable to play the role of franchise face.

It’s imperative that Wade realizes this, as well. The Heat will gladly take what he can give, but they really just need to him to find his niche spot on the team’s new pecking order. It’s going to be an adjustment and probably not the most comfortable one, but to his credit, he is trying to find his place.

“I’m still finding my way with this team and this offense,” he said, per Winderman (via ProBasketballTalk’s Kurt Helin). “So I’m still trying to see where I fit in. I know I can get a shot any time I want, but it’s about the quality of it more so than anything.”

Wade has been selective in the preseason (9.8 field-goal attempts in 23.6 minutes) but not all that efficient (40.8 percent shooting from the field). While exhibition stats aren’t the easiest to trust, these may well reflect the struggles Wade will have in reinventing himself for the good of this franchise again.

“It took Dwyane Wade about a season and a half to really figure out how to play next to LeBron James,” Helin wrote. “Now it’s taking some time to adjust to LeBron not being around.”

It’s not just about losing James, it’s also the additions of guys like Luol Deng, Danny Granger, Josh McRoberts, Shabazz Napier and James Ennis. There are plenty of moving parts, and Wade must figure out how to fit a puzzle of which he used to be the centerpiece.

That job belongs to Bosh now, and he seems more than capable of handling it. As long as Wade respects that fact and properly assesses himself, Miami should still enter this campaign as it has the last several—strengthened by one of the better superstar sidekicks in the business.

 

Unless otherwise noted, statistics used courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com.

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Why Miami Heat Will Be Worse Than Expected During 2014-15 Season

The Miami Heat are typically projected to enjoy a fairly successful season in the first year of the post-LeBron James era. 

ESPN’s NBA Forecast (subscription required) has the defending Eastern Conference champions riding Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to a 45-37 record, giving them the No. 5 spot in their half of the NBA. Similarly, Bleacher Report’s Josh Martin sees the Heat winning 43 games and finishing one spot lower in the final standings. 

USA Today‘s Adi Joseph is the most optimistic of the bunch, giving Miami a 46-36 record, one that leaves it behind only three other squads in the weaker Eastern Conference. 

But why?

It’s tough to forecast a team that only lost one star, even if that happens to be LeBron James, to undergo such a massive drop.

Though they “only” secured the Larry O’Brien Trophy on two separate occasions, the Heat had been to the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons, achieving a feat that hadn’t been matched in decades. In the wake of all that, having them struggling to earn a playoff berth is sometimes going to be perceived as nonsensical. 

Except it’s not. 

 

Issues with the Starters

Miami’s starting five seems just about set in stone heading into the regular season: Mario Chalmers—who has the least firm grip on a spot, as he could be replaced later in the proceedings by either Norris Cole or Shabazz Napier—Wade, Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Chris Bosh. 

It’s a fine group of basketball players. There’s no doubt about that. 

Bosh, as he explained to ESPN insider Tom Haberstroh, is expanding his game. But then again, he’s also entering into some uncharted territory.

“I haven’t had to be that guy,” the makeshift center said. “I played with the best player in the world, I didn’t have to be the alpha. But now I get to see if I have it in me and not many people are going to believe I have what’s necessary. But that’s what makes it exciting.”

Let’s go ahead and assume that Bosh does have what’s necessary, which may be a flawed assumption in and of itself. He’s perfectly capable of shouldering a huge offensive load while simultaneously providing some underrated defensive abilities to the Heat cause. 

But with him serving as the biggest player on the court, rebounding is always going to be an issue for the Heat, just as it was for the Finals-bound iterations of this franchise. That was OK then, but it’s not anymore. 

Basketball-Reference.com shows that the 2013-14 Heat finished No. 29 in offensive rebounding percentage and No. 24 in defensive rebounding percentage. However, they made up for that by shooting scorching numbers and maximizing the value of each and every possession. 

Miami’s 55.4 effective field-goal percentage was easily the top mark in the league, and that’s largely due to James’ overall offensive brilliance. In fact, it was so much better than the percentages posted by every other NBA team that the gap between the Heat and San Antonio Spurs (No. 2) was as large as the one between San Antonio and the Oklahoma City Thunder (No. 6). 

In the 1,072 minutes that the four-time MVP was not on the floor, though, the Heat posted a 51 effective field-goal percentage, one that would’ve fallen just outside the top 10. The offensive rebounding woes become a little more problematic in that situation, which is the one faced by the current squad. 

If Bosh can shift back to power forward and play with a true center, it’s less of an issue. But who’s going to necessitate such a change? The version of Chris Andersen who turned 36 years old this summer? 

Beyond the big man who, once more, is a fantastic player and has a set of individual skills that, if anything, is underrated, there’s also reason to be concerned about both Wade and Deng.

The latter declined after leaving the Chicago Bulls, and there’s a solid chance he’ll fail to be the same player he once was during his All-Star days, having been essentially run to death by Tom Thibodeau throughout their communal time in the Windy City. 

“A fresh start could serve as the remedy for Deng’s unmemorable stay in Cleveland…” wrote Shandel Richardson for the Sun Sentinel. “Returning to the Deng of old, the player who James once referred to as one of the toughest matchups in the league, is more the focus than the name he replaces in the starting lineup.”

That return is easier said than done for a 29-year-old small forward who played at least 37 minutes per game in four of his last five seasons. It likely would’ve been 5-of-5 had he not been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he would’ve had an outside shot at leading the league in minutes per game for the third consecutive campaign. 

For a player who thrives on energy that’s problematic. 

But let’s add to the growing list of assumptions. Bosh is going to be a fantastic centerpiece, and the inevitable rebounding woes won’t matter. Deng will show nearly unmatched resilience and remind everyone of his All-Star form. 

What about Wade? The fact remains that he’ll need maintenance days to stay healthy throughout the season, and it’s highly improbable he avoids sitting out roughly 20 games over the course of the regular season. 

When he’s healthy, Wade is fantastic and plays like the best per-game shooting guard in basketball. He’s a game-changing player even at this advanced stage of his career. Problem is, you have to participate in games in order to change them. 

There’s really no doubt that the starting lineup has talent, but there are plenty of question marks encircling it at this stage of the festivities. And that’s saying nothing of the point guards. 

 

The Point Guards

Neither Chalmers nor Cole had a season to write home about in 2013-14, both failing to build upon prior campaigns and stake their claims as integral parts of the Miami organization. Chalmers was particularly awful during the NBA Finals, while Cole had failed to hold down a prominent spot in the rotation prior to the systematic dismantling at the hands of the Spurs. 

Obviously, that’s not good. 

The arrival of Napier should help, but there’s only so much a non-lottery point guard can do during his rookie season. He’s been improving throughout training camp and preseason, and there’s a solid chance he becomes a starter or primary backup before he can be called a sophomore. 

That’s more due to Chalmers and Cole’s overall futility than his immediate ability to make an impact, though.

And therein lies the problem. 

When James was calling South Beach home, having a good point guard was a luxury, not a necessity. The ball was rarely in the hands of a floor general, after all. NBA.com’s SportVU data shows that Chalmers, Miami’s starting 1-guard in all 73 of his 2013-14 appearances, averaged 51.6 frontcourt touches per game. 

Forty-nine players throughout the league had more, though the Heat admittedly had fewer frontcourt touches as a whole than most squads. Time of possession was even more telling, as you can see below:

The Heat are all the way down in the penultimate spot, better than only Patrick Beverley and the Houston Rockets. Seeing as the point guard rotation was bad enough to earn a net player efficiency rating of minus-1.2, per 82games.com, rather easily the worst mark of the five positions last year, that was a good thing. 

But what happens now that the position is more important following the departure of the league’s premier ball-dominating forward? 

The floor generals aren’t going to be much better, barring an unforeseen breakout to stardom from Napier, and they’re bound to be handed quite a bit more responsibility. After all, James commandeered 5.1 minutes per game of possession in 2013-14, and the ball has to go somewhere else now. Without him serving as a primary facilitator and playmaker for the offense, the point guards matter far more than before. 

As you might have guessed, that’s not a good indicator for Miami’s hopes of putting together a sparkling win-loss record. 

 

Where Is the Depth? 

Even more troubling, though, is the depth. Well, really the complete and utter lack of it. 

According to Rotoworld’s depth charts, Miami’s second unit will likely be Cole, Danny Granger, James Ennis, Shawne Williams and Andersen. Beyond that, the Heat boast the services of Napier, Shannon Brown, Udonis Haslem and a collection of completely unproven players. 

On a team like the Portland Trail Blazers, one that can actually give the vast majority of the available minutes to the starting five, that’s acceptable. It’s all about building up a lead and hoping the second unit doesn’t throw it away during the short time it spends on the court. 

But what about when age dictates bigger roles for the bench players? 

We already know that Wade is going to sit out fairly often in order to preserve his knees for the stretch run or an attempted series victory during the postseason. When that happens, either Granger or Brown will be forced into the starting lineup, further cutting into the team’s ability to put together a serviceable bench. 

If Deng needs an outing off on the same night as Wade—a distinct possibility—Miami could be forced to turn to Chalmers, Brown, Granger (who may be completely washed up), McRoberts and Bosh with even less depth than before. 

This is one of the league’s older squads, but head coach Erik Spoelstra will inevitably be caught in a pickle. Does he risk wearing down Wade (33 in January), Bosh (29), McRoberts (28 in February) and Bosh (31 in March) by forgetting he has a bench at his disposal, or does he risk putting a terrible second unit on the floor? 

There’s no good answer, even if Ennis continues lighting the world on fire, as he so often has during the preseason.  

 

Ultimate Finish

It may seem as though I’m predicting nothing but doom and gloom for the Heat, and that’s really not the case. Compared to last season’s squads and the rest of the versions from the James era it might seem like it, but not when brought into the context of the current Eastern Conference. 

There’s a strong chance this is still a playoff squad, even if it’s one that only sneaks in as a No. 7 or No. 8 seed and has its fans sweating until the closing portion of the regular season. It’s only the lofty expectations that see Miami in the top half of the Eastern Conference picture submitting its name as a playoff lock that won’t be lived up to. 

Though Kevin Pelton’s real plus-minus projection system has Miami slated to win 48 games, per Haberstroh (subscription required), the SCHOENE forecast is a bit more problematic: 34-48. Here’s what Haberstroh has to say about that: 

Moreover, SCHOENE isn’t convinced Bosh can shoulder the load. It sees Bosh delivering below-average production next season while contributing just 4.3 WARP. It’s worth nothing SCHOENE‘s closest statistical comp is Donyell Marshall, who was more of a 3-point shooter than a banger down low at this point in his career. Bosh told ESPN Insider in July that he wants to expand his game back to the block next season, but he insisted the Toronto CB4 “is never coming back … I think I’m a much better player.”

The Heat’s season will hinge on whether Bosh is speaking the truth. With an aching Wade and an overwhelmed Bosh, SCHOENE sees the Heat falling apart next season. 

Another way of arriving at a win total is by utilizing Basketball-Reference.com’s projections for win shares per 48 minutes, which is based on the admittedly flawed Simple Projection System. Let’s do exactly that, divvying out a reasonable number of minutes during the average game to each expected member of the rotation:

It’s worth noting that I’m being as generous as possible in forming this idealistic rotation, handing the starters as many minutes as realistically possible and not even accounting for the notion that players can miss games. That’s why the backups have fewer expected minutes than they’ll likely play per game over the course of a season. 

Even with all those faulty assumptions made in order to boost Miami’s hopes, those projections have it coming in with a 46-36 record. That’s essentially the upper ceiling, especially because the WS/48 numbers are already quite favorable for Bosh (0.152 last season with James protecting him from defensive attention) and Wade (0.149 last season, which was the latest in a three-year decline).  

What happens when Wade misses 20 games, there are inevitably minor injuries that keep starters out for a handful of contests and the lackluster bench is forced to take on even more responsibility? That’s when it’s not entirely inconceivable that the team could struggle to keep the record above 0.500. After all, those 46 wins come in an injury-free world, which isn’t exactly true to the reality of the brutal 82-game NBA season. 

Fortunately, the saving grace for the Heat is geography. They play in the Eastern Conference. 

Even finishing right around 0.500 should have them competing with the Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks for the No. 7 seed, and there’s enough talent in the starting five (especially because, again, McRoberts doesn’t get enough credit for his impact) that they should be the best of that group. 

But the Heat as a playoff lock? Even in a best-case world, there’s not much of an argument to be made there. 

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Miami Heat News: Heat Sign Larry Drew II

The Miami Heat front office have decided to add point guard Larry Drew II, son of Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Larry Drew, Sr. Drew appeared in 11 games with the Heat during the Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues where he averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.6 steals while shooting 50 percent from the three-point line.
Drew also spent considerable time in the D-League last season as he helped guide the Sioux Falls Skyforce to the playoffs. He appeared in 41 regular season games, including 36 starts, and averaged 11.4 points and 7.0 assists while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.
Since NBA teams are allowed to designate four players released from their training camp for direct assignment to their D-League affiliates, it is expected that Drew will be waived and added to the Heat’s D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Drew is not expected to be in uniform for the Heat’s final two preseason matchups beginning with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

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Heat beat Spurs 111-108 in overtime

Shabazz Napier scores 25 points, Heat beat Spurs 111-108 in overtime

      
 

 

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Heat beat Spurs 111-108 in overtime (Yahoo Sports)

SAN ANTONIO - OCTOBER 18: Shabazz Napier #13 of the Miami Heat attempts a free throw against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center on October 18, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Rookie Shabazz Napier had 25 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Miami held on for a 111-108 overtime victory over San Antonio on Saturday night in the teams’ first meeting since the Spurs routed the Heat in the NBA Finals.


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