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The Miami Heat opened their post-LeBron era with a winning group effort.
LeBron James in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. Derek Fisher on the Madison Square Garden sideline. A fifth championship banner in the San Antonio Spurs rafters.
Things are going to look a little different this season with the Miami Heat.
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.
The offensive concept of pace-and-space was nearly an unbeatable combination for the Miami Heat, the plan of surrounding LeBron James with multiple shooters good enough to net two straight NBA titles.
The NBA is going to evaluate if a shorter game could be a better one.
Although the Miami Heat had been downplaying the game against LeBron James all along, coach Erik Spoelstra and Chris Bosh said Saturday that they were glad it was finally out of the way.
The Memphis Grizzlies have waived forward Michael Beasley, who had signed a non-guaranteed contract with the team last month.
The new look Miami Heat are giving fans reasons to get excited despite the loss of LeBron James.
The NBA and its television partners couldn’t wait to extend their contracts.