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|Stadium:||American Airlines Arena|
|Colours:||Red, yellow & black|
|Hall of Famers:||Alonzo Mourning, Gary Payton, Shaquille O’Neal & Ray Allen|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Pat Riley|
|Rivals:||Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers & Dallas Mavericks|
|Legends:||Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, Glen Rice, Alonzo Mourning, Gary Payton, Udonis Haslem, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Tim Hardaway Sr & Mario Chalmers|
|Retired Numbers:||1, 3, 10, 32, 33|
|NBA Championships:||3: 2006, 2012 & 2013|
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In 1987, the NBA were to decide which three cities would be granted expansion teams to join the league. Minnesota and Charlotte were successful in their bids, with Orlando and Miami vying for the last spot, with the NBA eventually granting both Florida cities teams in the league.
The Miami Heat’s inaugural season began in 1988 with a 17 game losing streak with the low mark being a 47 point loss to Magic Johnson and the Lakers. The Heat would only win 15 games that season and have the worst record in the league. With the fourth pick in the 1999 draft the Heat selected high scoring Glen Rice, who would go on to be the leader of the team during his time in Miami.
Miami barely improved the next two seasons finishing with 18 and 24 wins in the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons respectively, before finishing 8th in the Eastern Conference with a 38-44 record in the 1991-92 season and making the playoffs for the first time. The Heat were the first of the four expansion teams in the late 1980s to make the playoffs, led by Rice and rookie Steve Smith.
The Heat would only make the playoffs once over the following three seasons, but the 1995 off-season was one that changed the shape of the franchise. New owner Micky Arison hired Pat Riley, who previously coached the Lakers to four championships, as Head Coach and Team President. Riley shook things up immediately, trading Rice to the Hornets for Alonzo Mourning, bringing in a hard nosed defensive edge to the team.
Miami won 11 of their first 14 games however dwindled to a 24-29 record just before the trade deadline. Riley continued his overhaul of the team, making three different moves involving ten players, bringing in Tim Hardaway among others. Before the new players arrived in Miami, the Heat faced the infamous Chicago Bulls with only eight active players on the roster.
Riley was considering signing a local player off the streets to meet the league requirement of nine active players, but one of the players acquired in the trade arrived just before the start of the game, which saw the undermanned Heat beat Michael Jordan and the Bulls 113-104.
Mourning and Hardaway would become the stars and leaders of the franchise, creating one of the best duos in the league and taking the Heat to the playoffs six straight years, starting in that 1995-96 season.
The 1997 playoffs saw the 2nd seed Heat beat the Florida rivals the Magic before facing the Knicks in the second round. There was plenty of bad blood in this series, which saw suspensions to six players and the series go to seven games, with Hardaway dominating the decider to lead the Heat to the franchise’s first Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat would face the experienced Chicago Bulls, who led by Jordan and Scottie Pippen would defeat Miami 4-1.
The following two seasons saw Miami finish 2nd and 1st in the Eastern Conference, but the Heat couldn’t escape the first round, with the Knicks eliminating Miami both years.
The 1999-00 season saw hope for Miami to finally claim their first championship, finishing second in the Eastern Conference and sweeping the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the playoffs.
The second round saw the Heat face the Knicks for the fourth straight year, with the Heat hoping to even the ledger. The teams alternated wins in the first six games before a decider in Miami. Patrick Ewing scored a lay up with seconds remaining to put the Knicks up by 1 and after a timeout the Heat missed the potential game winner, meaning for the third straight playoffs, New York had prematurely ended Miami’s season.
That off-season Riley shook the team up again, trying to build a core around Mourning and Hardaway that could win Miami a championship, but plans were unravelled when on a plane home from the Olympics, Mourning noticed abnormal swelling in his legs, eventually finding out he had a chronic kidney disease.
Mourning would miss most of the season, leaving Hardaway to lead the team by himself, finishing 50-32 which was good enough for 3rd in the East. Mourning made a miraculous comeback, however he wasn’t his usual self, with the Hornets sweeping Miami in the first round, bringing an end to the Hardaway/Mourning playoff era.
Hardaway was traded in the 2001 off-season and after failing to make the playoffs in the 2001-02 season, Mourning missed the Heat’s terrible 2002-03 season due to his kidney issues.
The Miami Heat looked completely different to what it did three years earlier when it was competing for championships with young gun Caron Butler being joined in 2003 by free agents Lamar Odom and Rafer Alston along with rookie Dwyane Wade.
Pat Riley stood down as head coach to focus on being team president, leaving his assistant Stan Van Gundy to lead this young and inexperienced team, which was expected by experts around the league to seriously struggle, but Wade led this energetic bunch into the playoffs defeating the Hornets in the first round before falling to the Indiana Pacers.
With Wade showing signs of being a superstar in the league, Riley traded Butler and Odom for Shaquille O’Neal to create the best duo in the league at the time. The team also signed Heat legend Alonzo Mourning as a free agent and the team would go on to finish on top of the East with a 59-32 record, including a 14 game winning streak.
Miami swept the first two rounds of the playoffs before facing the defending champion Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. Detroit would go on to beat the Heat in seven games.
Riley again shook the roster up, creating a league record 5-team, 13-player trade, bringing in former All Stars and aging veterans with playoff experience. The new look Heat started the season 11-10 and with O’Neal injured, Van Gundy stood down as head coach of the team. Pat Riley appointed himself to return as head coach and the Heat went on to finish the season 52-30.
The Heat won the first two rounds and were to face the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year. The Heat defeated Detroit in six games to advance to the franchise’s first ever Finals against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs dominated the first two games but Wade scored 42 and 35 points in games 3 and 4 to even the series, before a 43 point outing by Wade led the Heat to a 101-100 overtime victory and a 3-2 series lead. Dwyane Wade scored 36 points in game six to close the series out and hand Miami their first championship, averaging 34.7 points in the series and winning Finals MVP.
The Heat faced injuries the following year and struggled for most of the year, being swept by the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. Riley, always striving for greatness, re-worked the roster that off-season in an attempt to gain another championship, trading most players except Wade and O’Neal.
Mourning tore his patella in a game early in the season and the Heat continued to struggle. Just before the trade deadline of the 2007-08 season, Riley sent O’Neal to the Phoenix Suns. Miami would finish with a 15-67 record and were destined for a high draft pick.
Riley stood down as head coach and appointed long time assistant Erik Spoelstra as his replacement. The Heat drafted Michael Beasley with the 2nd pick in the draft and traded for rookie Mario Chalmers.
The 2008-09 season saw Wade lead the league in scoring, along with the development of both Beasley and Chalmers, and the Heat returned to the playoffs the following two seasons but were defeated in the first round both years.
Dwyane Wade became a free agent in the 2010 off-season, along with stars around the league such as Amare Stoudamire, who the Heat attempted to trade for in the season prior, Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
Bosh and James would join Wade in Miami, forming a big three with expectations of immediate and multiple championships, however the team started the season 9-8 and many were calling for Spoelstra to lose his job. The players rallied behind their coach and went on a 12 game winning streak, led by their defence which didn’t allow a team to score 100 during the streak.
The Heat would make the playoffs and beat the Philadelphia 76ers, Celtics and 1-seed Bulls all 4-1 on their way to the NBA Finals, where they would face familiar foes the Mavericks. The Heat were expected to dominate the series, with James and Wade even joking about their opponents. James struggled in the series and the Mavericks would win 4-2.
The Heat went 46-20 in the shortened 2011-12 season, finishing 2nd in the East. Miami would defeat the Knicks and the Pacers before facing fierce rivals, the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics were known as James’ bogey team and Boston took a 3-2 lead in the series.
LeBron had the breakout game of his playoff career in game six with 45 points and 15 rebounds and the Heat would win the next two games to return to the NBA Finals. The Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook defeated the Heat in Game 1, with many thinking that 2012 would see a repeat of 2011’s misfortunes, but James led the Heat to victory the following four games, claiming his first and the Heat’s second championship.
In the 2012 off-season, Heat signed free agent sharp shooter Ray Allen, taking him from the Boston Celtics and continuing the bad blood between the two teams. James would have one of the most dominant and statistically best seasons in 2012-13, leading the Heat to a 27 game winning streak, third best in league history, first seed in the East and a third straight NBA Finals.
The experienced San Antonio Spurs had a 3-2 series lead and a five point lead with 28 seconds to go in game 6. Security had begun preparing for the championship presentation and the game hadn’t even finished yet, however a James triple cut the lead to two. Kawhi Leonard made one of two free throws, leaving a three point deficit for the Heat to erase.
In what is the most famous sequence in Miami Heat history, James missed a three, which was rebounded by Bosh who kicked it out to Allen for a three, to tie the game with seconds left. James finished with a triple double and a game six victory, followed up with a 37 point performance in the decider, winning back to back championships and Finals MVPs.
Miami faced plenty of issues in the 2013-14 season, the fourth of the Big Three. Lack of energy and motivation led to poor performances and players becoming unhappy with each other. Chalmers became a scapegoat with James, Wade and Bosh all seen berating the ‘little brother’ of the team at times, including a near physical altercation between Chalmers and James during a timeout of one game.
Despite their troubles, there were still some highlights with James scoring a career-high and franchise-high 61 points in a game against Charlotte and the Heat still finishing 2nd in the East, despite boasting the worst win loss percentage of the Big Three era, 54-28. The Heat swept Charlotte in the first round before defeating the Nets and Pacers in the East Semis and Finals, two teams they struggled majorly against in the regular season.
Facing the Spurs for the second straight NBA Finals saw the teams split the first two games, before San Antonio dominated the final three games of the series, defeating the Heat 4-1 and marking the last time James would play in a Miami uniform.
James returned to Cleveland that off-season, causing their aging ring-chasing veterans to also leave the team. Wade and Bosh remained but this wasn’t enough to compete in the Eastern Conference. Bosh would be sidelined in the later stages of the 2014-15 season with blood clots in his lungs, and the Heat would miss the playoffs, marking just the second time in Wade’s career he was unable to make the playoffs.
The Heat had young stars like Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow and were set for the future, with the aging Dwyane Wade serving as a mentor. The Heat returned to the playoffs in 2016, beating Charlotte before losing to the Toronto Raptors in the second round.
Dwyane Wade left the Heat in the 2016 off-season, feeling disrespected by Riley’s free agency tactics and underappreciation. The Miami Heat made the playoffs just once in the three seasons after Wade’s departure, however in the 2019 off-season traded for Jimmy Butler who brought experience, leadership and a defensive tenacity that has led the Miami Heat to a 44-29 record in the COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 season.
This was good enough for the 5th seed in the East and a first round match up with the Indiana Pacers, whom the Heat swept to set up a second round series against the 1-seed Milwaukee Bucks and back to back MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Butler scored 40 points in a game one victory and stamped authority on the series that the Heat would go on to win 4-1.
Miami would face the Celtics in the Conference Finals, and an even spread would get the job done for the Heat. Rookie sensation Tyler Herro scored a Miami Heat playoff rookie record 37 points in game four and emerging All Star center Bam Adebayo became just the fourth Miami Heat player to have a 30 point, 10 rebound and 5 assist statline in a playoff game in the closing game six. The Heat would win the Eastern Conference Finals 4-2 to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014, facing the Los Angeles Lakers.
Game one of the Finals saw both Dragic and Adebayo go down with injuries, allowing Jimmy Butler to put up one of the best individual Finals series performances in history. Game three saw Butler put up a 40-point triple double while game five saw Butler put up the first 35-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist and 5-steal statline in NBA Finals history.
Despite Butler’s historic performance during the series, it wasn’t enough to overcome LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers, losing in six games.
The Heat are in a position to make some big moves in the offseason, hoping to add a third superstar alongside Butler and Adebayo so the team can go one step further.
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Erik Spoelstra is one of the most respected coaches in the league, with the long-tenured coach having been involved with the Heat since 1997, taking over as Head Coach in 2008/09, with an overall record of 573-402 (.588) at the time of writing.
Spoelstra won two NBA championships as Head Coach with the Heat in the Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh ‘Big Three’ era, but also took an undermanned Heat team to the finals last year, in 2020.
The Heat have a talented roster though many pundits feel the team overachieved by making it to the 2020 Finals, with it looking seemingly unlikely they will return to the final dance in 2021, in what looks to be a curious year for those on South Beach.
Jimmy Butler rocketed back to the top level in 2020 on the Miami Heat, after an unhappy period at the Philadelphia 76ers where he couldn’t gel with fellow stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
Butler gained an All-Star appearance and selection in the All-NBA Third Team, as well as leading the underdog Miami Heat to the NBA Finals on the back of his 19.9 points per game (28th in the league), 6.7 rebounds per game, and 6 assists per game.
His trademark toughness and competitive spirit were on display throughout 2020, and he will no doubt continue to lead this young Heat team moving forward as promising players like Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro continue to develop.
Bam Adebayo was an NBA All-Star last season, developing offensively to almost double his points per game to 15.9 per outing, as well as pulling in 10.2 rebounds per game (8th in the league) and becoming a nightmarish presence on the defensive end.
Adebayo is undersized for the centre position at just 6’9”, but makes up for it with his supreme physical gifts and defensive ability, similar to a Draymond Green, or Ben Wallace from yesteryear.
Bam must continue to extend his range on the offensive end, something that he has shown signs of doing, with extensive improvements to his jump shot over the off-season. If Adebayo can continue his rapid development while an aging Butler is still producing, the Heat may surprise and find themselves back in the Finals in 2021.
Following their Cinderella story run through the playoffs and just falling short on the final hurdle, the Heat opened betting for the 2020-21 NBA Championship with +1400 odds, seventh best in the league. Just before the draft in mid-November, their odds improved slightly to +1300.
The Heat finished the season 36-36-1 against the spread, performing much better at home, 22-14, compared to on the road, 14-22-1.
Miami’s record in the over/under market was 43-28-2 during the regular season. Miami is known for their defense, so their over/under total is typically set lower, and with Jimmy Butler’s exceptional play on the offensive end can explain why the Heat have ended up going over more often.
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Where do the Miami Heat play?
The Miami Heat play their home games at the American Airlines Arena.
Who owns the Miami Heat?
Micky Arison is the owner of the Miami Heat.
Have the Miami Heat won an NBA Championship?
The Miami Heat have won 3 NBA championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013.
Who is the Miami Heat coach?
Erik Spoelstra is the head coach of the Miami Heat. Spoelstra was promoted from Assistant to Head Coach after the 2007-08 season.
Do the Miami Heat play tonight?
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What is the Miami Heat record?
The Miami Heat had a 44-29 win-loss record for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Did the Miami Heat win last night?
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How much is the Miami Heat worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Miami Heat are worth $1.95 billion.
Who do the Miami Heat play tonight?
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How to watch the Miami Heat?
You can watch the Miami Heat on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or Fox Sports Sun, or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Miami Heat make the playoffs this year?
The Miami Heat made the playoffs last season. They finished 5th in the Eastern Conference with a 44-29 record. The swept the Pacers before causing upsets over the Bucks and Celtics on their way to the NBA Finals, where they were defeated by the Lakers.
When do the Miami Heat play?
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Where did the Miami Heat finish the season?
The Miami Heat finished the 2019-20 NBA season in 5th in the Eastern Conference.
How many games did the Miami Heat win?
The Miami Heat won 44 games during the 2019-20 NBA season.
What are the Miami Heat odds?
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