Heat will be without Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington, Willie Reed vs. Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Heat will have no more than 11 players available for Wednesday’s matchup against the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

That’s nothing new for Miami, which started the season in this predicament. Continue reading “Heat will be without Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington, Willie Reed vs. Pistons”

3 things to watch this week: Can Miami Heat continue winning ways on road trip?

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow, left, center Willie Reed, center, forward James Johnson, second from right, and forward Luke Babbitt, right, react during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bucks 96-73. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow, left, center Willie Reed, center, forward James Johnson, second from right, and forward Luke Babbitt, right, react during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bucks 96-73. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

PHILADELPHIA — The Heat enter the week on a two-game winning streak.

Can Miami continue its winning ways on the road? That’s one of the three things we’ll be watching this week. Continue reading “3 things to watch this week: Can Miami Heat continue winning ways on road trip?”

Heat’s Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington out vs. Wizards, but making progress

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, left, and forward Justise Winslow, center, watch from the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Miami. Winslow has a sprained wrist. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, left, and forward Justise Winslow, center, watch from the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Miami. Winslow has a sprained wrist. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

WASHINGTON — The bad news for the Heat is that Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington will not play against the Wizards on Saturday night. The good news for the Heat is that Winslow and Ellington are both making progress toward a return. Continue reading “Heat’s Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington out vs. Wizards, but making progress”

Pat Riley speaks about current Heat rebuild, vision for Hassan Whiteside, loss of Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat president Pat Riley speaks during an NBA basketball news conference, Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Miami. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP)
Miami Heat president Pat Riley speaks during an NBA basketball news conference, Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Miami. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP)

SAN ANTONIO — When Pat Riley speaks, it’s almost always interesting.

The Heat president didn’t disappoint in a Q&A with NBA.com’s David Aldridge released Monday. Riley spoke about his plans for the current Heat rebuild, his vision for Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, and — yes — the loss of Dwyane Wade.

Here are the most interesting tidbits from NBA.com’s sit-down with Riley. Continue reading “Pat Riley speaks about current Heat rebuild, vision for Hassan Whiteside, loss of Dwyane Wade”

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?”

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow still ‘fully confident’ in his outside shot

MIAMI — After watching film with the team on practice days, Justise Winslow heads home and watches more film.

The 20-year-old small forward gets on his computer and goes to YouTube to watch highlight videos of superstars from around the NBA. Some of Winslow’s favorite highlight videos to watch belong to Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Tracy McGrady and Kobe Bryant.

At times, Winslow will even watch his own highlights from his college days at Duke or his high school days at St. John’s School. Continue reading “Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow still ‘fully confident’ in his outside shot”

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’”

20-year-old Justise Winslow ready to take next step, carry more responsibility for Miami Heat

Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat poses for photo during Heat Media Day at American Airlines Arena, September 26, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post
Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat poses for photo during Heat Media Day at American Airlines Arena, September 26, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

MIAMI — Most 20-year-olds find themselves running away from responsibilities. But Justise Winslow is not a typical 20-year-old.

“I just want to make more plays, man,” Winslow said of his plans for the upcoming season. “I want to have the ball in my hands more. I want my teammates and the coaching staff to trust me.” Continue reading “20-year-old Justise Winslow ready to take next step, carry more responsibility for Miami Heat”

Heat’s Justise Winslow to miss Tuesday’s preseason game vs. Magic due to back injury

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow warms up before the NBA basketball team's Red, White and Pink annual Scrimmage, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow warms up before the NBA basketball team’s Red, White and Pink annual Scrimmage, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

MIAMI — The Heat will be without Justise Winslow in Tuesday’s home preseason game against the Magic.

Winslow will miss the contest because of a tight back. It’s the first preseason game Winslow has missed, as the 20-year-old small forward was the only Heat player to start in each of the team’s first five preseason games. Continue reading “Heat’s Justise Winslow to miss Tuesday’s preseason game vs. Magic due to back injury”