Preseason HEAT vs. Grizzlies Oct. 21th, 2003 LOSS:
Miami led by three points entering the fourth quarter but couldn't withstand a Memphis rally, losing 97-82 Tuesday to wrap up preseason play. Rafer Alston and Eddie Jones scored 13 points apiece for the HEAT, who open the season Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Preseason HEAT vs. Pistons Oct. 17th, 2003 WIN:
Eddie Jones scored 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field including two three-pointers and eight rebounds in leading the
Miami HEAT to a 84-71 victory over the Detroit Pistons. John Wallace added 15 points off the bench and rookie forward Udonis Haslem added 10
points and eight rebounds as the HEAT improved to 5-1 in the preseason. Miami shot a sizzling 51.6 percent from the field, connecting on 33-of-64
shot attempts, while holding the Pistons to a dismal 30.9 percent on 21-of-68 attempts. The HEAT also outrebounded the Pistons 42-29 and forced
15 Detroit turnovers. Miami led 47-31 at halftime, but Detroit used a 12-2 run at the start of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 49-43. The Heat went
on a 15-10 run to end the period, then outscored Detroit, 30-18, in the final quarter to secure the win.
Preseason HEAT vs. Spurs Oct. 14th, 2003 WIN:
Lamar Odom scored 31points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Miami
HEAT to a 99-98 preseason victory the San Antonio
Spurs at the AmercianAirlines. It was Odoms running hook-shot with two
seconds remaining that secured Miamis fourth consecutive win in the
preseason. Eddie Jones added 23 points as no other HEAT player reached
double-figure scoring. Odom and Jones combined to score 22 of the 28
HEAT points in the third quarter, with both scoring 11 points each to bring
Miami back from a 49-40 halftime deficit. Miami shot a preseason high
51.4 percent from the field, connecting on 36-of-70 shot attempts, while
tying a NBA preseason high with 10 three-pointers made.
Lamar Odom and Rasual Butler each scored 10 points, as the Miami HEAT
pushed its preseason record to 3-0 with a 77-75 victory
over the Orlando Magic at TD-Waterhouse Centre. In addition to Butler and
Odom, Loren Woods pulled down 15 rebounds for his second doublefigure
rebounding game, while reserve guard Rafer Alston dished out seven assists.
The HEAT led at halftime 37-35 and led by as many as 15
points late in the fourth quarter with the score reading 76-61 at the 5:23
mark. Miami held off a late Magic rally to secure the victory.
Rasual Butlers 12-foot jumper with one second remaining in regulation
lifted the Miami HEAT to a 94-92 preseason win over the
Atlanta Hawks at TECO Arena. Butler finished with 13 points on 5-of-12
shooting from the field including one three-pointer. The score was tied at
92 with 16 seconds remaining, when the HEAT spread the floor, giving Butler
a clear lane to make a play. On the ensuing Hawk possession, Obinna
Ekezies jumper bounced off the back rim and the HEAT secured the victory.
Miami trailed by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, until John
Wallace entered the game at the 7:18 mark of the quarter. Wallace scored 11
of his 15 points over a five-minute span to give the HEAT a three point
lead at 88-85 with 2:49 left to play. Over the next minute and a half, the
HEAT would extend it lead to five, before the Hawks would eventually tie
score at 90-90 and then again at 92-92, setting the stage for Butlers
The Miami HEAT needed overtime on Tuesday night to record a win in its
preseason opener over the Philadelphia
76ers at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum. Miami defeated Philadelphia 86-79
on the strength of a 25-point effort from Eddie Jones and 18 points
each from Lamar Odom and rookie Dwyane Wade. The HEAT however, would not
have been in a position to win, if not for two clutch free-throws by
Loren Woods to force the overtime period. Woods finished the game with just
four-points, all from the free-throw line, including 11 rebounds and two
steals. With the HEAT trailing, 77-75, in the final 22.3 seconds of the
Practicing right up until the very last minute, HEAT training camp closed up shop on Sunday, moments before the team took off for Puerto Rico, where they will play their first preseason game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday evening.
He may be a young rookie starting off as a little fish in a big NBA pond, but where HEAT forward Jerome Beasley came from, he dominated the stats charts and picked up a lengthy list of basketball accolades.
For most, Friday means the end of the workweek, but HEAT players surely werent singing T.G.I.F. today. Thats because for them, this Saturday and Sunday means two more days of intense training camp before they leave Sunday evening for Puerto Rico, where they will play their first preseason game on Tuesday.
With Assistant Coach Keith Askins running up and down the court with a whistle and Head Assistant Coach Stan Van Gundy already with a scratchy voice from yelling so much instruction, the campers came away from todays session with a further understanding of the offensive philosophy, more specifically, transition offense, set offense and out-of-bounds plays.
Eighteen resolute men six returning HEAT players and 12 newcomers came out to the Miami HEATs first day of a five-day training camp physically and mentally prepared for what is legendary known around the NBA as one of the most challenging and taxing training camps in the league.
Jerome Beasley He may be a young rookie starting off as a little fish in a big NBA pond, but where HEAT forward Jerome Beasley came from, he dominated the stats charts and picked up a lengthy list of basketball accolades.
Caron Butler Undergoes Successful Surgery MIAMI, Oct. 4 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced today that forward Caron Butler underwent successful surgery this morning. Butler had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at HealthSouth Doctors Hospital.
Bimbos Back With A Whole New Kind Of Game Face For the most part, the same Bimbo Coles the one who had HEAT fans cheering on his explosive moves to jumpstart a game during crucial minutes, the one whose cordial and well-mannered demeanor was endeared by fans, the one whose best buddy in the world was, and still is, old HEAT teammate and current HEAT Assistant Coach Keith Askins is back.
The Miami HEAT opened training camp on Wednesday, October 1 and will continue through Sunday October 5 at the AmericanAirlines Arena practice facility. New players were added to the team roster including 2003 NBA First Round Draft Pick Dwyane Wade and free agent acquisition Lamar Odom. Returning from the 2002-03 season are Eddie Jones, Brian Grant, Caron Butler, Malik Allen, Rasual Butler and Sean Lampley. Second round draft pick Jerome Beasley is also in camp.
In addition to the six returning players, draft picks and Odom, the HEAT signed through free agency, guards Rafer Alston from the Toronto Raptors and former HEAT player Bimbo Coles from the Boston Celtics. The front-court also got a boost during the summer with the signing of Samaki Walker from the L.A. Lakers, Loren Woods from the Minnesota Timberwolves and John Wallace. Wallace last played for the Phoenix Suns, but spent the 2002-03 season in Greece. Former University of Florida standout Udonis Haslem was added to roster, while another former HEAT player Ike Austin and guard Joe Crispin from the Phoenix Suns were added on Monday, Sept. 29.