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HEAT Announce 2008-09 Regular Season Schedule
Aug 6 2008 12:29PM
MIAMI, 08/06 Ė The Miami HEAT announced its 2008-09 regular season schedule today. The 82-game schedule consists of 41 home dates, all at AmericanAirlines Arena, and 41 road contests, and runs from October 29, 2008 through April 15, 2009. The HEAT will make 10 national television appearances, with Miami appearing seven times on ESPN, two times on TNT and once on ABC. Turner will release the NBA TV schedule at a later date.
Miami kicks off its 21st season when it travels to New York to face the Knicks at 7:30PM on Wednesday, October 29. This marks the sixth time in franchise history that the team will open the season on the road, and the second time it will face the Knicks on opening night. The HEAT opens its home slate on Halloween Night when they host the Sacramento Kings at 7:30PM. This marks the first time in franchise history that the HEATís home opener will be against a Western Conference opponent since joining the Eastern Conference in 1989-90.
The schedule features several exciting match-ups, including two visits by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics on January 21 and March 11, both at 7:30PM. Shaquille OíNeal returns to Miami on March 4 in a 7:30PM contest, and the Los Angeles Lakers visit Miami on December 19. The first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft Derrick Rose will visit Miami on December 26 in a 5:00PM nationally televised contest and again on March 9 at 7:30PM.
The HEATís longest homestand will be four consecutive games from January 21-28, and will be kicked off with the Celtics visit to Miami. Miamiís longest road trip is a seven-game excursion from January 7-18. It marks the third time Miami will have a seven-game roadtrip and itís first since the 2005-06 season (the other was in 1990-91). The seven-game roadtrip also marks the 16th time in franchise history that the HEAT has had a roadtrip of at least six consecutive games. Additionally, the HEAT will play 19 back-to-backs; two fewer than last season and after a four-year string of playing at least 20 back-to-backs (2000-04), this marks the fourth time in the last five years that the HEAT will play fewer than 20 back-to-backs in a season.
Miami will have eight home games each in the months of December and March. The months in which Miami plays the highest number of games is January and March when the HEAT hits the hardwood 16 times. The month the HEAT is on the road the most is January, with nine games away from AmericanAirlines Arena.
The HEAT has great Lower Bowl seat locations available, many for the first time in years, plus Season Tickets start at just $10 in Uptown. The HEAT also has two Partial Plan Ticket Packages available; the Premier Plan featuring the biggest stars and the best teams, and the Weekend Plan, with all games conveniently scheduled on the weekend. Fans can buy Season Tickets and Partial Plans online at HEAT.com or by calling 786-777-HOOP. HEAT individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date.