Which lineups have the Miami Heat used most during preseason?

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra watches play during the first half of the team's preseason NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra watches play during the first half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

After an impressive 108-100 road win over the Spurs on Friday night, the Heat are now 3-1 this preseason.

But this preseason really isn’t about wins for Miami. With 10 new faces on the roster, Erik Spoelstra is using the preseason to experiment with different lineups to find the right ones to use in the regular season. Continue reading “Which lineups have the Miami Heat used most during preseason?”

Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 121-100 win over the Brooklyn Nets

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

MIAMI — As the Heat continue to work through their busy eight-game preseason schedule, we’re learning about Miami’s new-look roster.

We learned a little more in the Heat’s first home preseason game Tuesday night. Miami defeated the Nets 121-100 to improve to 2-1 in the preseason.

Here are our five takeaways from the Heat’s third preseason game …

Continue reading “Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 121-100 win over the Brooklyn Nets”

Q&A with Miami Heat small forward Justise Winslow

Justise Winslow (Getty Images)
Justise Winslow (Getty Images)

At the age of 20, Justise Winslow is going to be asked to do a lot this season.

With the start of training camp just days away (Sept. 27), we caught up with Winslow and asked him about his offseason. Winslow spoke about his outside shot, his experience with the USA Basketball Select Team, Hassan Whiteside’s growth and more.

[As long as Pat Riley is around never count out the Miami Heat]

Here’s our question and answer session with the Heat small forward. Continue reading “Q&A with Miami Heat small forward Justise Winslow”

Miami Heat 2016 training camp preview: Small forwards

With the start of training camp inching closer — Sept. 27 — we’ll take a look at the state of each position. We focus on the small forwards today, and shift to a different position each day this week. Continue reading “Miami Heat 2016 training camp preview: Small forwards”

Think the Heat are one of the youngest teams in the NBA? They’re not

Josh Richardson #0 goes for the lay up with Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat during a preseason game Oct. 13, 2015 at Amway Center. (Getty Images)
Josh Richardson #0 goes for the lay up with Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat during a preseason game Oct. 13, 2015 at Amway Center. (Getty Images)

After losing Dwyane Wade in free agency, the Heat built this season’s roster around their young core.

But Miami’s current roster isn’t as young as it looks. After analyzing each of the 30 NBA teams, the Heat are tied with the Pacers for the 22nd youngest roster in the league based on average age.

The Heat’s current 19-man roster comes out to an average of 26.7 years old. It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the 76ers are the NBA’s youngest team at 23.6 years old. Continue reading “Think the Heat are one of the youngest teams in the NBA? They’re not”

Pat Riley ‘very comfortable’ with Justise Winslow starting at small forward

Justise Winslow (Getty Images)
Justise Winslow (Getty Images)

Just a few days after the end of his rookie season, Justise Winslow made it clear he’s ready for a bigger role.

“One day I would love to be a starter and say that this is my team,” Winslow said in May. “It’s all hard work and the time will come.”

After losing Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Joe Johnson in free agency this summer, Winslow’s time is coming sooner than expected. The 20-year-old is expected to be the Heat’s starting small forward this season. Continue reading “Pat Riley ‘very comfortable’ with Justise Winslow starting at small forward”