Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 98-95 loss to the Chicago Bulls

MIAMI — The Heat welcomed Dwyane Wade back to Miami with an emotional video tribute and a loud standing ovation from fans Thursday night. In return, Wade handed the Heat a loss.

Chicago (5-4) defeated Miami 98-95 at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat (2-5) have now lost three consecutive games. Continue reading “Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 98-95 loss to the Chicago Bulls”

Why are the Miami Heat struggling to make shots in the paint?

Miami Heat's Justise Winslow, right, goes to the basket as San Antonio Spurs' Jonathon Simmons, left, and Kawhi Leonard (2) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow, right, goes to the basket as San Antonio Spurs’ Jonathon Simmons, left, and Kawhi Leonard (2) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — It’s been just two weeks since the Heat scored 74 points in the paint in their season opener, but it seems like so long ago.

Since exploding for 74 paint points on 64.9 percent shooting in the paint in a 108-96 win over Orlando on Oct. 26, Miami hasn’t scored more than 46 paint points in a game. The Heat are shooting 44.1 percent in the paint over their past five games since the season opener. Continue reading “Why are the Miami Heat struggling to make shots in the paint?”

Miami Heat mailbag: What will change if Josh Richardson is inserted into the starting lineup?

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) and Orlando Magic forward Jason Smith (14) fight for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, April 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)
Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) and Orlando Magic forward Jason Smith (14) fight for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, April 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

MIAMI — Josh Richardson is back.

After missing training camp, the preseason and the Heat’s first four games of the season with a partially torn MCL in his right knee, Richardson made his return on Friday against Toronto. But the 23-year-old is still coming off of Miami’s bench. Continue reading “Miami Heat mailbag: What will change if Josh Richardson is inserted into the starting lineup?”

The adjustment Goran Dragic made to his shot that has him among NBA’s best 3-point shooters

Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat drives on Elfrid Payton #4 of the Orlando Magic on opening night on October 26, 2016 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Manuela Davies/Getty Images)
Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat drives on Elfrid Payton #4 of the Orlando Magic on opening night on October 26, 2016 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Manuela Davies/Getty Images)

MIAMI — A small adjustment can make a big difference.

Goran Dragic is proof of that. After making a small adjustment with his shooting technique, Dragic has made 11 of his first 21 three-point shot attempts this season. Continue reading “The adjustment Goran Dragic made to his shot that has him among NBA’s best 3-point shooters”

Did the Heat shoot too many three-pointers vs. Hornets?

MIAMI — The Heat reached a mark they rarely hit in Friday’s loss to the Hornets.

Miami shot 34 threes in a 97-91 loss to Charlotte. The Heat have attempted 34 or more threes in just seven other regular-season games since the 2000-01 season. Continue reading “Did the Heat shoot too many three-pointers vs. Hornets?”

Watch the Miami Heat’s new introduction video for the 2016-17 season

Scene from the Heat's 2016-17 introduction video.
Scene from the Heat’s 2016-17 introduction video.

MIAMI — Think the Heat aren’t using the low expectations as motivation? Just take a look at the team’s new introduction video.

The Heat unveiled the video Thursday, a day before the home opener against the Hornets. “Blow Your Mind” by Ohana Bam is the song used for the intro. Continue reading “Watch the Miami Heat’s new introduction video for the 2016-17 season”

20 bold predictions for the upcoming Miami Heat season

Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat looks on during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at American Airlines Arena on May 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat looks on during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at American Airlines Arena on May 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

ORLANDO – The Heat open the 2016-17 season tonight in Orlando, a season that brings a lot of new faces and a changing of the (shooting) guard (and power forward and small forward, for that matter).

The Heat are also one of the more unpredictable NBA teams as the national columns, forecasts prove. But we at the Post will attempt to give you a glimpse of what to expect.

Here are 10 bold predictions from each of our Heat writers, Anthony Chiang and Tom D’Angelo. Continue reading “20 bold predictions for the upcoming Miami Heat season”

Despite low expectations from outside, Miami Heat believe they can ‘win now’

Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket during a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Arena on October 21, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket during a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Arena on October 21, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI — The external expectations for the Heat are low this season. But the internal expectations are still high.

“Our expectations with the Heat never change,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what makes us who we are. We’re stubborn in our belief about those expectations and we feel like this group has a big ceiling.” Continue reading “Despite low expectations from outside, Miami Heat believe they can ‘win now’”

Who will be in the starting lineup for the Miami Heat? Erik Spoelstra still ‘going through it’

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat looks on during a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Arena on October 21, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat looks on during a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Arena on October 21, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Even after playing the NBA-maximum eight preseason games this year, coach Erik Spoelstra isn’t ready to name the Heat’s starting lineup yet.

Spoelstra has until Wednesday at 7 p.m. when Miami opens the season in Orlando to make that decision. Continue reading “Who will be in the starting lineup for the Miami Heat? Erik Spoelstra still ‘going through it’”

Erik Spoelstra takes time to tell Goran Dragic trade rumor is not true

Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat drives on Jeremy Lin #7 of the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game at American Airlines Arena on October 11, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat drives on Jeremy Lin #7 of the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game at American Airlines Arena on October 11, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Goran Dragic can breathe easier now.

With a trade rumor involving Dragic popping up earlier this week, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra pulled Dragic aside to shoot down the rumor before Thursday’s preseason game against the Hornets. Continue reading “Erik Spoelstra takes time to tell Goran Dragic trade rumor is not true”