What to know about tonight’s game: Heat look to move closer to clinching sixth in East vs. Knicks

Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) looks to pass the ball as New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn (9) defends during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won the game 119-98. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

MIAMI HEAT AT NEW YORK KNICKS

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WRTO 98.3 FM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 43-36, New York 27-51

Line: Miami favored by nine points

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Tyler Johnson

G: Goran Dragic

Knicks

F: Michael Beasley

F: Lance Thomas

C: Kyle O’Quinn

G: Trey Burke

G: Tim Hardaway Jr.

Scouting report: Miami will be without Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery). Even though Dwyane Wade (right elbow, left wrist), Goran Dragic (left knee, left ankle) and James Johnson (left ankle) missed Wednesday’s win over the Hawks with minor injuries, they are not listed on the injury report for Friday’s game. … The Knicks are 4-23 over their past 27 games. … New York is 4-19 since Kristaps Porzingis went down with a season-ending knee injury. … The Knicks are ranked 23rd out of 30 teams in defensive rating this season, but they have posted the league’s worst defensive rating over the past 23 games without Porzingis. … The Heat have posted a 13-8 record since the All-Star break, with five of those losses coming in overtime. … Miami is ranked sixth in defensive rating this season, allowing 103.6 points per 100 possessions. … Since Dwyane Wade was traded to the Heat on Feb. 8, Miami’s bench has averaged a league-high 48.1 points per game. … The Heat, which have already clinched a playoff spot, enters Friday in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. … The Heat have won two of their three matchups with the Knicks this season, including a 119-98 victory on March 21 in Miami.

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Five takeaways: Miami Heat’s offensive surge continues in blowout win over New York Knicks

The Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic looks to shoot under pressure from the New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. in the first quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)

MIAMI — The Heat had to win a lot of games in spite of their offense before the All-Star break. Now, Miami is winning games because of its offense.

The Heat’s offensive surge continued Wednesday in a 119-98 blowout victory over the struggling Knicks (26-46) at AmericanAirlines Arena. It marked the 14th time Miami (39-33) has scored more than 100 points over its past 16 games. Continue reading “Five takeaways: Miami Heat’s offensive surge continues in blowout win over New York Knicks”

What to know about tonight’s game: Things have been going well at home for Heat lately. Will it continue vs. Knicks?

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2), forward Kelly Olynyk, center, and guard Josh Richardson (0) celebrate after they defeated the Denver Nuggets in double overtime of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

NEW YORK KNICKS AT MIAMI HEAT

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish)

Records: New York 26-45, Miami 38-33

Line: Off the board

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Knicks

G: Tim Hardaway Jr.

F: Michael Beasley

C: Enes Kanter

G: Courtney Lee

G: Emmanuel Mudiay

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Bam Adebayo

G: Tyler Johnson

G: Goran Dragic

Scouting report: Miami will be without Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery). Dwyane Wade (mild left hamstring strain) and Hassan Whiteside (left hip pain) are also listed as out for Wednesday’s game against New York. … The Knicks will be without Ron Baker (right shoulder surgery), Joakim Noah (personal reasons) and Kristaps Porzingis (torn left ACL). … New York is 3-13 since Porzingis went down with a season-ending knee injury. … The Knicks are ranked 21st out of 30 teams in defensive rating this season, but they have posted the league’s worst defensive rating over the past 16 games without Porzingis. … Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 20.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting over New York’s past 15 games. … The Heat are 8-1 over their past nine home games. … Over the past 15 games, the Heat have recorded the league’s seventh-best net rating at 4.4 behind only the 76ers, Trail Blazers, Warriors, Raptors, Rockets and Jazz. … The Heat have nine players averaging at least 10 points per game this season, the most in the NBA (minimum five games played). … The Heat and Knicks have already faced off twice this season, with the teams splitting those games — the Knicks beat the Heat 115-86 in New York on Nov. 29 and the Heat beat the Knicks 107-103 in overtime in Miami on Jan. 5.

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Erik Spoelstra shakes off Michael Beasley’s comments: ‘Jeez, Beas. You threw me under the bus, man’

Head Coach of the Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra leads Michael Beasley #30 of the Miami Heat against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 19, 2008 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

MIAMI — Coach Erik Spoelstra has positive memories of forward Michael Beasley.

Beasley played through three separate stints with the Heat, all under Spoelstra. It began when the Heat selected Beasley out of Kansas State with the second overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, continued when they signed him for the 2013-14 season to play alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and the Heat later brought him back for a third time after he returned from China late in the 2014-15 season. Continue reading “Erik Spoelstra shakes off Michael Beasley’s comments: ‘Jeez, Beas. You threw me under the bus, man’”

Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat looking to avenge one of their worst losses of year against Knicks

Heat center Kelly Olynyk goes up against Knicks’ forward Michael Beasley in New York’s victory over the Miami earlier this season. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK KNICKS at MIAMI HEAT

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 20-17, New York 18-20

Line: Miami is favored by 5 points.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: Kelly Olynyk

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Tyler Johnson

G: Goran Dragic

Knicks

F: Kristaps Porzingis

F: Lance Thomas

C: Enes Kanter

G: Jarrett Jack

G: Courtney Lee

Scouting report: The Knicks won the only other meeting between the teams, 115-86, in New York. Kristaps Porzingis played just 2:30 before spraining his ankle. Enes Kanter had 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Heat were without Hassan Whiteside. … Porzingis is averaging 14.0 points in eight career games against the Heat. Only the Magic have more success against the 7-foot-3 big man in the East, holding him to a 13.8 average. … Porzingis leads the Knicks with 23.8 points per game. Kanter pulls down 10.1 rebounds. … The Knicks started a stretch of 16-of-20 games on the road on Dec. 27. They have lost 6-of-7 games and 3-12 on the road. … New York will be without Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg). … The Heat are without Dion Waiters (sprained left ankle), Justise Winslow (strained left knee), Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and Okaro White (left foot surgery). … Miami has won nine of its last 13 games. … The Heat are ninth in the league in 3-point percentage at .372. Kelly Olynyk is ninth in 3-point percentage at .446 and Wayne Ellington is tied for 10th with 2.8 3-pointers per game.

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Tonight’s matchup: Without Hassan Whiteside, Heat look to clinch 3-1 road trip vs. Knicks

MIAMI HEAT VS. NEW YORK KNICKS

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 10-10, New York 10-10

Line: Knicks favored by 1.5 points

Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks grabs the rebound as Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat defends at Madison Square Garden on March 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: Justise Winslow

C: Bam Adebayo

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Knicks

F: Tim Hardaway Jr.

F: Kristaps Porzingis

C: Kyle O’Quinn

G: Courtney Lee

G: Jarrett Jack

Scouting report: The Heat are still without swingman Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and forward Okaro White (left foot surgery). Center Hassan Whiteside will also miss Wednesday’s game due to lingering left knee soreness. … After starting the season with a 10-7 record, New York has lost three straight entering its game against Miami. Turnovers and poor 3-point shooting have hurt the Knicks during this stretch, as they’ve made 33.9 percent of their threes and have averaged 17.0 turnovers over the three-game skid. … Forward Kristaps Porzingis is New York’s best player, as he’s averaging 27.0 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the field and 40.2 percent shooting from 3-point range to go with 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks this season. The Knicks have outscored opponents by 61 points when Porzingis is on the court, and have been outscored by 74 points when he’s on the bench. … The Heat will play the Knicks on the second night of a back-to-back set. Miami lost to the Cavaliers 108-97 in Cleveland on Tuesday. … Miami has posted the league’s third-worst assist-to-turnover ratio (1.29) this season. … This marks the Heat’s second back-to-back situation of the season. Miami lost to Golden State 97-80 on Nov. 6 on the second night of its first back-to-back set.

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UPDATED: Heat’s Pat Riley lapping Phil Jackson’s success in front office

Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson and Head Coach of the Miami Heat Pat Riley share a laugh before the game on December 25, 2005 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Lakers 97-92. (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson and Head Coach of the Miami Heat Pat Riley share a laugh before the game on December 25, 2005 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Lakers 97-92. (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Being a successful NBA player does not always mean you’d make a successful NBA executive.

Why? Because for every Pat Riley, there is a Phil Jackson.

Both Riley and Jackson were good NBA players who became great NBA coaches. Both coached the Los Angeles Lakers to multiple NBA championships, and Jackson won 11 rings overall when you include the six he won with the Chicago Bulls.

But they have fared differently in the front office. When comparing their front-office careers, Riley has longevity over Jackson, but it’s fair to say that, so far, the “Zen Master” has nothing to compare to the calming hand “The Godfather” has used to steer the Heat through good and bad times.

And today, Jackson’s time as an executive came to an end when it was reported that he and the Knicks are parting ways. Jackson, 71, likely is  done as a top executive given his disastrous run in N.Y.

Here’s a quick breakdown of how they’ve fared:

Phil Jackson

  • Became President of Basketball Operations of the New York Knicks in March 2014.
  • Leaves with the Knicks going 80-166 in his three full seasons as team president, losing at least 50 games in each season.
  • Hired one of his former players, Derek Fisher — who had recently retired and had no head coaching experience — to coach the Knicks after firing Mike Woodson, who had gone 109-79 in parts of three seasons in New York.
  • Re-signed Carmelo Anthony in the 2014 offseason to a deal that included veto power over the Knicks trading him without his approval.
  • In the 2014-15 season, the Knicks set a franchise mark with 16 straight losses and went 17-65, their worst record ever.
  • Drafted Kristaps Porzingis fourth overall in 2015.
  • Fired Derek Fisher in Feb. 2016 after a 1-9 stretch left the Knicks with a 23-31 record.
  • In a surprise move, hired Jeff Hornacek in June 2016 to replace interim coach Kurt Rambis. Hornacek had been fired earlier in the year by Phoenix.
  • Has used Twitter and other passive-aggressive means to ridicule and undermine Anthony.

Pat Riley

  • Stepped down as head coach of the Heat to turn his full attention to being team president after the 2002-03 season.
  • Drafted Dwyane Wade fifth overall in 2003.
  • In 2004, traded Caron Butler, Brian Grant, Lamar Odom and a first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Shaquille O’Neal, who was disgruntled with the Lakers.
  • Took over as head coach again during the 2005-06 season after he pushed out Stan Van Gundy.
  • With O’Neal and Wade, the Heat won their first NBA championship in June 2006, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 4-2.
  • In 2008 after the Heat finished 15-67, Riley stepped down as head coach again but remained team president and promoted Erik Spoelstra to head coach. Spoelstra has proven to be an inspired hire and is now the second-longest-tenured coach in the league behind Gregg Popovich.
  • In 2010, Riley signed free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh to team up with Wade, forming a trio that would play in four straight NBA Finals and win two championships.
  • Won the 2011 NBA Executive of the Year award.
  • Did not re-sign Wade, the face of the franchise, in the summer of 2016, instead opting to rebuild the team around a young core. Miami entered the week with a 24-31 record, but had won 13 of their last 14 despite a roster shortened by injuries to its young stars and made up of castoffs, journeymen and unproven players.

Mailbag: Will Dwyane Wade ever return to play for the Miami Heat?

Chicago Bulls’ Dwyane Wade walks toward the basket coming out of a break during the second half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017. The Celtics won 104-87. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Dwyane Wade isn’t coming back to the Heat this season. But how about next summer when he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent?

We took a look at the possibility of a Wade-Heat reunion down the line in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44). Continue reading “Mailbag: Will Dwyane Wade ever return to play for the Miami Heat?”

Five takeaways: Shorthanded Knicks hand Heat painful loss with Miami’s playoff fate still hanging in balance

New York Knicks’ Willy Hernangomez (14) and Ron Baker (31) defend against Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic (7) as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

MIAMI — With New York missing Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose due to injuries, Friday’s game against the Knicks seemed like one of Miami’s easiest in a stretch of games that will decide the Heat’s playoff fate.

But things aren’t always what they seem.

The Knicks’ shorthanded roster handed the Heat a 98-94 loss Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. The loss was especially painful, considering New York (29-47) is the only remaining opponent on the Heat’s schedule that’s been eliminated from playoff contention. Continue reading “Five takeaways: Shorthanded Knicks hand Heat painful loss with Miami’s playoff fate still hanging in balance”

Five takeaways: Heat cruise past Knicks to clinch winning road trip in middle of playoff race

NEW YORK — The Heat didn’t need a buzzer-beater this time.

A night after using a game-winning tip-in from Hassan Whiteside as time expired to defeat the Pistons, Miami didn’t have to sweat down the stretch in New York. The Heat cruised to a 105-88 win over the Knicks (28-47) on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden to end the three-game road trip with a 2-1 record.

Miami (37-38) never trailed in the second half and led by as much as 23 points in the fourth quarter. The loss eliminated the Knicks from the playoff hunt, as Miami went on to move to 26-8 over its past 34 games. Continue reading “Five takeaways: Heat cruise past Knicks to clinch winning road trip in middle of playoff race”