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The Miami Heat Are Making A Statement In The East

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The Miami Heat are still rolling with 8 straight wins under their belt and they will look to extend the streak to 9 tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. The Heat have been playing great basketball lately and the reason is because everybody touches the ball. Everyone is able to make a play and score and that allows other shot opportunities.

The Heat have several big bodies on their roster, and when they get in the paint they are scoring threats. A difference maker on this team is Willie Reed. The reason Reed has made such a difference on the Heat is because he is a big body that plays hard with the second unit.

In the last 3 games the Heat have played they have extend their leads at the end of these games. At the start of the winning streak the Heat would come away with 6 and 4 point wins. Now at the end of these games they would finish with 12 and 13 point leads.

This is an improvement for the Heat because they are showing that they are capable of keeping the lead when they get it. If the Heat make it hard for other teams to get the lead back after it is lost, that makes them a tough team to beat.

The Heat matched up against the Chicago Bulls and came away with a 100-88 win. The Heat dominated that game in many ways, but none more notable then from the free throw line.

They shot 81.8% from the line and that would prove to be big in the final score. Players that came up big for the Heat in this game were Willie Reed and Goran Dragic.

They were the top scorers on the team with Reed scoring 20 and Dragic scoring 26. Dragic would also dish out 11 assists for a double-double and lead his team to victory. This great play from the Heat would continue in the next couple of games.

In their game against the Detroit Pistons he Heat would win 116-103. Dragic would have another huge scoring game with 23 points. Hassan Whiteside would have a good game with 12 rebounds and 9 points coming just shy of a double-double.

Although Pistons center Andre Drummond had a huge game with 20 rebounds and 17 points his team could not help get the win. The Heat’s bench played better than the Pistons bench and that was a big factor in this game.

The Heat bench outscored the Pistons bench 46 to 35. The Heat’s second unit is what is helping them win games.

The Heat played against the Nets and came away with a 104-96 win. In their last two meeting the Heat have had the Nets number, and they will be meeting again later in the season.

The Nets have been struggling all season having the league’s worst record at 9-39. The stars that shined in this game for the Heat were Dragic and Dion Waiters. Dragic would score 20 points and have 8 assists having another big game.

Waiters would finish the game with 19 points and 9 assists. If the Heat can keep this winning streak going and inch closer and closer to the .500 mark they will be able to save their season. They have a 19-30 record and will have to keep climbing in order to attempt to make the playoffs.

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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