The Chicago Bulls was a trendy pick in the offseason as the team that can best challenge the two-time defending champion Miami Heat this year. The Bulls found out on opening night that taking out the Heat is going to be much tougher than they originally thought.
LeBron James scored 17 points, Shane Battier made all four of his 3-point tries, and the Miami Heat took control with 17 straight second-quarter points on the way to spoiling Derrick Rose’s return and beating the Chicago Bulls 107-95 on Tuesday night in the season-opener for both teams.
Bradley Beal scored 29 points, and the Washington Wizards beat the Miami Heat 100-82 Tuesday night to hand the two-time defending champions their first loss of the preseason.
Miami Heat forward Shane Battier helped children in Ft. Lauderdale’s St. Mark’s Episcopal School kick off the new school year.
The Miami Heat know they will have to retool their lineup if they want to make a serious run at a three-peat next season. Part of that retooling will include adding a player or two, but also keeping a key cog in this year’s run, center Chris Andersen.
The Miami Heat partied well into the wee hours of Friday morning after capturing a second straight NBA championship. But one of the heroes of the game had his own unique way of celebrating the championship.
Coming into the deciding Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, everyone knew what to expect from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but it was the role players who would help swing the game for the Heat.
It was the compelling story of the NBA regular season, the Miami Heat making their run at the league-record mark of 33 consecutive victories.
The Miami Heat entered Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs knowing they couldn’t lose and go down 3-1 in the series and have a chance of winning the Larry O’Brien trophy. But the Heat’s Big Three responded like the three All-Stars that they are, combining for 82 points and lead Miami to a 109-93.
When crunch time hits in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals Monday night, the Miami Heat have to wonder if anyone on the team not named LeBron James can step up and hit the big shot.