Miami Heat WiretapDecember 2011 Miami Heat Wiretap

Wade Likens Rubio To Nash

Dec 31, 2011 12:25 PM

Ricky Rubio dished out 12 assists, scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 103-101 loss to the Heat on Friday.

"The kid has something. He has that Steve Nash capability," Dwyane Wade said. "They've got a gem in him. He's going to be great for them."

Rubio left a lasting impression on the Heat.

"He's a handful on the pick-and-roll," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "At the end, we were forced to go bigger and switch just to get him out of that pulling trigger game and get us running around all over the place. He's a clever passer. Two or three times, he had me looking the wrong way."

FoxSportsNorth.com

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Dwyane Wade, Steve Nash, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, NBA

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Rose Near $250 Million Extension With Adidas

Dec 31, 2011 11:08 AM

Derrick Rose is close to agreeing to a 10-year, $250 million extension with adidas, according to an industry source close to the situation.

Rose is adidas' only counter to Kobe Bryant in emerging markets like China, where volume really counts. Rose reportedly already outsells LeBron James there.

Both Bryant and James endorse Nike.

ESPN.com

Tags: Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA

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James, Wade Consciously Avoiding Three-Point Attempts

Dec 30, 2011 3:35 PM

In the Heat’s first three games, neither LeBron James nor Dwyane Wade has attempted a three-pointer.

“I’m just trying to focus on being in the paint and get to the free-throw line,” James said.

The surprising lack of three-point statistics for James and Wade is part of a larger plan by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to be more aggressive inside the paint.

“We have enough three-point shooters on our team,” James said, acknowledging that he’s not one of them.

Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Tags: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA

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Wade, James Now 2-For-13 On Potential Game-Winning Shots As Teammates

Dec 29, 2011 3:12 PM

Dwyane Wade's short bank shot with 2.9 seconds left lifted the Heat to a 96-95 victory over the Bobcats on Wednesday, marking just the second potential game-winning field goal for the Heat dating back to last season.

Last year, the Heat were 1-for-18 from the field and 0-for-11 from 3-point range when looking to tie or take the lead in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

LeBron James was 1-for-7 in those situations, with the lone make coming on a fast-break dunk off a turnover with 5.5 seconds against the Grizzlies. Wade was 0-for-5.

NBA.com

Tags: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA

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Heat Playing At Faster Pace, Averaging 9.3 More Possessions

Dec 28, 2011 1:22 PM

The Heat are averaging 102.5 possessions per game, well above their 2010-11 season average of 93.2 (21st in NBA).

Miami had 104 possessions against the Celtics Tuesday night, making it the Heat's fastest regulation game in the last two years.

LeBron James finished with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists.

ESPN Stats & Info

Tags: LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA

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Cole Scores Nine Straight Points In Final Three Minutes Before 'MVP' Chant Breaks Out

Dec 28, 2011 12:08 AM

Norris Cole scored nine straight points in the final three minutes of the game to help the Heat withstand a late game run from the Celtics in their 115-107 win.

Cole scored 20 points, shooting 8 of 16 from the field, to go along with four rebounds and four assists.

Fans chanted “MVP!” as Cole went to the free throw line with 9.3 seconds left and the game sealed.

Miami Herald

Tags: Norris Cole, Miami Heat, NBA

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Bosh Adjusting To Heat's New Offensive Philosophy

Dec 27, 2011 4:58 PM

With Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tailoring much of the offense to the versatile talents of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and encouraging them not only to push the pace but also to sometimes set up camp down low, Chris Bosh is the guy who could get left behind.

After Tuesday’s shootaround, Bosh acknowledged that it remained “a feeling out process.”

“With this offense, I’m going to be trailing a lot, so it takes some getting used to,” said Bosh, who was 2-of-9 against the Mavericks. “Sometimes, it’s a race to the post, and those guys are fast. Nine times out of 10, I’m not going to beat them there. It’s just getting a feeling for where I can post up in the offense, and kind of dictating where the ball goes sometimes. And setting screens and rolling and sealing. And when I can, race down there to that block and get going.”

Ethan J. Skolnick/Palm Beach Post

Tags: Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA

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Heat Planned On Using Aggressive Offense To Highlight Quickness Over Dallas

Dec 26, 2011 10:56 AM

Erik Spoelstra said the Heat were prepared to be aggressive offensively against the Mavericks, giving LeBron James and Dwyane Wade more freedom to operate instead of being held to a structured offense.

"It allows us to add another dimension of inside-out and still be able to play to some of our other strengths, which is our speed and quickness," Spoelstra said.

James had 37 points and 10 rebounds in Miami's 105-94 win.

Matthew Reagan/Star-Telegram

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Heat Mantra: When You Rebound, Good Things Happen

Dec 26, 2011 10:21 AM

The Heat played an extremely impressive game in their Finals rematch against the Mavericks on Opening Day.

Dirk Nowitzki was held to just 6-for-15 shooting. Dallas shot 28.9 percent in the first two quarters due to pressure defense on the perimeter.

“We played exactly how we wanted to play,” said Chris Bosh.

Miami also outrebounded the Mavericks by a 51 to 31 margin.

“The key for us [Sunday] was rebounding,” Shane Battier said. “That will be our mantra the entire year — when you rebound, good things happen.”

Miami Herald

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Knicks Have Highest Average Christmas Day Secondary Market Ticket Price

Dec 25, 2011 10:49 AM

The Knicks have the highest average ticket price of the five Christmas Day games.

Here are the averages, according to information provided by TiqIQ.com:

Celtics @ Knicks: $516.09
Bulls @ Lakers: $466.02
Heat @ Mavs: $395.97
Magic @ Thunder: $295.71
Clippers @ Warriors: $104.95

Ian Begley/ESPNNewYork.com

Tags: New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Mavericks Tender Offer To Fesenko; Raptors Trying To Clear Roster Spot
Kyrylo Fesenko is an unrestricted free agent.

Marc Stein/ESPNDallas.com

Heat Waive Eddie House
Eddie House played in 56 games last season and averaged 6.5 points on 39.9 percent shooting.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Mickey Arison Cast Vote Against CBA, Opposes Revenue Sharing Plan
Heat owner Mickey Arison cast his vote as a protest of the league’s new revenue sharing plan.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Fesenko Drawing Interest From Heat, Warriors, Pistons, Clippers
Kyrylo Fesenko is an unrestricted free agent.

Brian T. Smith/Salt Lake Tribune

Eddy Curry To Remain On Heat Roster
Eddy Curry has been sidelined with a hip flexor.

Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Wade, Heat Impressed By Norris Cole’s Ball Distribution
Norris Cole has learned where his new teammates want the ball.

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

Spoelstra Loosening Reins, Allowing Heat To Improvise Offensively
Erik Spoelstra is giving the Heat trio more freedom on offense.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

NBA Season Ticket Sales Hold Steady
Ten NBA teams have season ticket bases over 10,000

Sports Business Journal

Arenas Interested In Signing With Lakers, Heat, Knicks
Gilbert Arenas is a free agent after clearing the waiver wire last week.

Marc Stein/ESPN.com

Baron Davis Clears Waivers
Baron Davis has cleared waivers and will become a free agent.

Alan Hahn/Newsday

Bosh Adds Three Point Shot To Repertoire
Chris Bosh extended his range over the offseason.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN.com

Spoelstra Receives Extension From Heat
The Heat signed Erik Spoelstra to a contract extension on Friday.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Wade: Bosh Playing With More Assertiveness
Dwyane Wade has taken notice of Chris Bosh’s newfound confidence.

Israel Gutierrez/Miami Herald

LeBron: 'Nothing Fun' About Working On Post Game
LeBron James spent the summer shifting his game inside.

Miami Herald

Phil: Shortened Season Could Lead To Unlikely Champion
Phil Jackson believes the truncated season could result in a dark horse champion.

ESPNLosAngeles.com

Bosh, Wade, LeBron Say It's Title Or Bust For Heat
The Heat trio makes no bones about what is expected in their second season in Miami.

Chris Tomasson/FOXSportsFlorida.com

Clippers Make Successful Bid On Billups
Chauncey Billups had preferred to become a free agent, which would have allowed him to sign with either the Lakers or Heat.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Howard To Lobby For Billups On Magic If He Clears Waivers
If Chauncey Billups clears waivers, Dwight Howard will lobby him to sign with the Magic.

Marc Stein/ESPN (via Twitter)

Breen, Van Gundy To Call Two Games On Christmas
Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will to Oakland from Dallas to call a second game on Christmas.

Kelly Dwyer/Yahoo! Sports

LeBron: I'm At A Good Place, Not Much Bothers Me Anymore
LeBron James is excited for the 11-12 season to begin, even though the start date was pushed back and has been shortened to 66 games.

Ira Winderman/Sun-Sentinel (via Twitter)