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Miami Heat Weekly Review: Part 5

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The Miami Heat are still having a hard time stringing together wins and this is starting to become a problem for the team. This Heat team is not power packed with star players and this season it looks like they will have to trust the process.

Heat president Pat Riley is not the type of person to concede a season, but this season is already looking like it is going down the drain for the team. A high draft pick could mean a big change in the future. Several teams have had to trust the process and slowly it is paying off. Here is how the Heat have been doing in the past week.

Heat-Celtics

The Heat faced off against the Boston Celtics in a close game, but the Heat would fall 112-104. Hassan Whiteside would have a huge night with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Whiteside’s performance would not be enough to contain Boston as their starters would combine for 64 points with 25 coming from Isaiah Thomas.

The Heat would only have 4 players in double figures while Boston would have 6 players with big scoring numbers. In this game the Heat were hurt by turnovers, and that would be a big factor in why they lost the game. The Heat must protect the ball better to stop costly turnovers from happening.

Heat-Nuggets

The Heat played the Denver Nuggets in their next matchup and won 106-98. Whiteside had another huge game and another double-double with 25 points and 16 rebounds. The Heat bench had a lot to do with this win. James Johnson, Tyler Johnson, and Wayne Ellington would combine for 50 points and 14 assist off of the bench.

The Nuggets turned the ball over 19 times during this game, but they did out rebound the Heat 55-48. The Heat usually have not had trouble rebounding especially with Whiteside under the basket, but they did not need as many rebounds this game.

Heat-Jazz

The Heat would capture their second straight win against the Utah Jazz 111-110 would be the final score. The star of this game would be Goran Dragic. Dragic would go off for 27 points and 6 assists for the game and put the Heat in a position to win. James Johnson would have a huge game off the bench scoring 24 points and grabbing 6 rebounds.

The Jazz kept pace with the Heat throughout the game, but could not close the game out. Gordon Hayward would have a big game for the Jazz scoring 32 points and having 7 assists. Hayward would have the last shot of the game for the win, but he could not convert the shot.

Heat-Trail Blazers

The final game of the week would be against the Portland Trail Blazers and the Heat would lose 99-92. The Heat were outplayed on offense having 4 players in double figures while the Trail Blazers had 5. Whiteside would finish with another double-double with 28 points and 16 rebounds.

Only 8 players would be available to play for the Heat so the bench production was not huge during this game and that hurt them in this game. Damian Lillard had a great game scoring 19 points and dishing out 6 assists. The Heat have several injured players and that is not a good sign for their upcoming schedule. The will all have to play well in order to win games with a short bench.

Blest Eshareturi is a contributor to Sports Rants. Writer for the MLB, NBA, and NFL sections. Teams that are followed are the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and the Miami Heat. New York City native with a passion for sports.

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Heat Unveil New Version of Miami Vice Uniforms

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The Miami Heat have unveiled a new version of the best-selling third jersey in NBA history “Miami Vice”.

The Heat officially unveiled the new version of the popular uniform on Monday morning.

The overall popularity of the jerseys was far more than expected, and Nike couldn’t keep up with the demand.

This year, they promise to be ready.

“We’re ready to meet demand this time,” Heat chief marketing officer Michael McCullough said, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “We have four locations in town for fans to buy, and anyone who orders online will see the traditional delivery time this year.”

McCollough says there will be 14 “Vice Night” games which will see the team wear the jersey this season.

“The entire campaign drives that brand message,” McCullough said. “The more people think that your brand is cool, that what you are wearing is cool, that the arena decor is cool, the more people want to be in your building.”

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2018

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Are you ready for the NBA Playoffs? Well, we have you covered with the full NBA Playoff schedule including game times, TV coverage info, matchups and dates.

Here is how things are breaking down, schedule wise, per NBA.com. NOTE: * = if necessary

Western Conference

No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves

Game 1: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 15 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 23 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 29 at TBD

 

No. 2 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 7 San Antonio Spurs

Game 1: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 14 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 2: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 16 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 19 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 4: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

*Game 5: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 6 New Orleans Pelicans

Game 1: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 19 at 9 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 4: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 21 at 5 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz

Game 1: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 3: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 21 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 29 at TBD

 

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 8 Washington Wizards

Game 1: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 17 at 7 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 3: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Game 4: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 22 at 6 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 29 at TBD

 

No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks

Game 1: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 15 at 1 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 22 at 1 p.m. ET on ABC

*Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 6 Miami Heat

Game 1: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 19 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 4: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers

Game 1: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 2: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 18 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 20 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers  April 29 at TBD

 

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Miami Heat Deny Offering Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow For Cavs Kyrie Irving

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Another hour, another Kyrie Irving story.

ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Miami Heat, one of the reported teams on Irving trade request list, would be willing to build an offer around point guard Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow to facilitate a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

However, due to the history between the Heat and the Cavaliers, “there’s little chance for a deal unless the Heat offered an overwhelming package”.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Heat are denying offering Winslow and Dragic because they believe that the Cavaliers’ asking price for Irving is too high.

ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe reported earlier this week that the Cavaliers are acting like a trade is “inevitable” and that their top priority “is snagging a blue-chip young player.”

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