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By Ray Frager | November 7, 2008
Heat@Spurs 8 p.m. [ESPN] Will Tony Parker (right) go for another 55 points against Miami? Will the Heat's Dwyane Wade see Parker's big game Wednesday night as a challenge and try to score 56? And would you recognize Miami coach Erik Spoelstra if he came to your door asking whether you could spare a pick-and-roll? As usual, I have no answers.
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November 8, 2012
Heat impressive Shandel Richardson Sun Sentinel The Knicks are the league's only unbeaten team. But the team playing the best is the Heat. It sounds silly to say when the Knicks spanked the Heat last week, but no team has been more impressive than Miami. The Heat are leading the league in scoring, which is trouble for the rest of the NBA. Erik Spoelstra will have his team returning to its defensive identity soon as Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis adjust. Now, the league's best defensive team has an offense that has proved difficult to defend.
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May 8, 2012
Too good to let go K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune Erik Spoelstra is as linked to Pat Riley as winning. So, yes, even if the Heat go 0-for-2 with the Big Three, Spoelstra will be back as coach. The better question is: Who would Riley get to replace Spoelstra? Riley knows as much as anyone that this roster still remains somewhat flawed. Frankly, that the Heat have overcome their glaring holes at center and point guard speak almost as much to Spoelstra's aptitude as the prodigious talents of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
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September 30, 2012
Heat is on the Heat K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune The Miami Heat better figure out a way to defend without flopping. OK, so that's not entirely fair to a defensive team schooled in the principles of Pat Riley. Erik Spoelstra is a terrific defensive coach and certainly can instruct his players to adjust to the league's new anti-flopping policy. But Dwyane Wade better read the fine print closely. So should Shane Battier, who is too good a defender to resort to such tactics.
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November 8, 2012
Heat impressive Shandel Richardson Sun Sentinel The Knicks are the league's only unbeaten team. But the team playing the best is the Heat. It sounds silly to say when the Knicks spanked the Heat last week, but no team has been more impressive than Miami. The Heat are leading the league in scoring, which is trouble for the rest of the NBA. Erik Spoelstra will have his team returning to its defensive identity soon as Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis adjust. Now, the league's best defensive team has an offense that has proved difficult to defend.
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April 29, 2008
Pat Riley resigned yesterday as coach of the Miami Heat but will remain team president. Erik Spoelstra, a 37-year-old assistant, will succeed the Hall of Famer and become the NBA's youngest current coach. Spoelstra has never been a head coach at any level outside the NBA's summer league. Miami finished the season with the NBA's poorest record (15-67) and by far the worst of Riley's 25-year career. "I look forward to the challenge," said Spoelstra, who received word of the decision over the weekend.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
Dwyane Wade says he plans to be more aggressive when his Miami Heat take on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. He better be. There are 70-year-old nuns who are more aggressive than Wade was in the Heat's Game 1 loss at OKC Tuesday night.  Yes, the Heat's superstar guard has a balky left knee that has given him problems all season. That's definitely part of the problem. The quick first step that used to help him blow by defenders seems a thing of the past.
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June 14, 2011
Race is wide open Broderick Turner Los Angeles Times It would be easy to say the Heat will be the favorite. It would be easy to say the Mavericks will repeat because they now have the know-how. But in reality, it will be wide open. The Heat, if they can get over losing in the Finals and the disappearance of LeBron James, will be a favorite. The Lakers, despite losing retired coach Phil Jackson, still have a chance at winning it again.
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By Matt Vensel | May 12, 2011
When LeBron James announced last summer where he was taking his talents -- turning his back on his hometown of Cleveland and disgusting sports fans across America with his choreographed performance on ESPN -- he became the NBA's public enemy No. 1 outside of South Beach. Over the past 10 months, we were subjected to things like ESPN.com's Heat Index , websites calling for coach Erik Spoelstra's head , a slew of stories on the Miami chemistry experiment (heck, even Fast Company recently got in the act )
SPORTS
June 11, 2012
Thunder too talented Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel Thunder in six. If Chris Bosh were fully healthy, there might be an issue of overall talent. The Thunder simply come from too many directions with too many weapons. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will have to be at the absolute top of their games. The Thunder are young, athletic, long and talented. And that would seem to be too much to overcome. The Thunder are coming off a confidence-inspiring showing in the Western Conference finals against the Spurs, while the Heat are coming off a matter of survival against the Celtics.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
Dwyane Wade says he plans to be more aggressive when his Miami Heat take on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. He better be. There are 70-year-old nuns who are more aggressive than Wade was in the Heat's Game 1 loss at OKC Tuesday night.  Yes, the Heat's superstar guard has a balky left knee that has given him problems all season. That's definitely part of the problem. The quick first step that used to help him blow by defenders seems a thing of the past.
SPORTS
June 11, 2012
Thunder too talented Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel Thunder in six. If Chris Bosh were fully healthy, there might be an issue of overall talent. The Thunder simply come from too many directions with too many weapons. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will have to be at the absolute top of their games. The Thunder are young, athletic, long and talented. And that would seem to be too much to overcome. The Thunder are coming off a confidence-inspiring showing in the Western Conference finals against the Spurs, while the Heat are coming off a matter of survival against the Celtics.
SPORTS
May 8, 2012
Too good to let go K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune Erik Spoelstra is as linked to Pat Riley as winning. So, yes, even if the Heat go 0-for-2 with the Big Three, Spoelstra will be back as coach. The better question is: Who would Riley get to replace Spoelstra? Riley knows as much as anyone that this roster still remains somewhat flawed. Frankly, that the Heat have overcome their glaring holes at center and point guard speak almost as much to Spoelstra's aptitude as the prodigious talents of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
SPORTS
June 14, 2011
Race is wide open Broderick Turner Los Angeles Times It would be easy to say the Heat will be the favorite. It would be easy to say the Mavericks will repeat because they now have the know-how. But in reality, it will be wide open. The Heat, if they can get over losing in the Finals and the disappearance of LeBron James, will be a favorite. The Lakers, despite losing retired coach Phil Jackson, still have a chance at winning it again.
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By Ira Winderman, Tribune Newspapers | June 3, 2011
— They have experienced turbulence so often this season that it only seems fitting that any championship flight include at least one final jolt on the way to the desired destination. There was the blown 19-point second-half lead against the Utah Jazz in November, when power forward Paul Millsap, for the first time in his career, turned into a 3-point specialist. There was the fadeaway jumper by Rudy Gay two weeks later for a walk-off win by the Memphis Grizzlies. There was the blown 15-point lead in a loss to the New York Knicks in late February and the 24-point blown lead against the Orlando Magic in early March.
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By Matt Vensel | May 12, 2011
When LeBron James announced last summer where he was taking his talents -- turning his back on his hometown of Cleveland and disgusting sports fans across America with his choreographed performance on ESPN -- he became the NBA's public enemy No. 1 outside of South Beach. Over the past 10 months, we were subjected to things like ESPN.com's Heat Index , websites calling for coach Erik Spoelstra's head , a slew of stories on the Miami chemistry experiment (heck, even Fast Company recently got in the act )
SPORTS
September 30, 2012
Heat is on the Heat K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune The Miami Heat better figure out a way to defend without flopping. OK, so that's not entirely fair to a defensive team schooled in the principles of Pat Riley. Erik Spoelstra is a terrific defensive coach and certainly can instruct his players to adjust to the league's new anti-flopping policy. But Dwyane Wade better read the fine print closely. So should Shane Battier, who is too good a defender to resort to such tactics.
SPORTS
By Ira Winderman, Tribune Newspapers | June 3, 2011
— They have experienced turbulence so often this season that it only seems fitting that any championship flight include at least one final jolt on the way to the desired destination. There was the blown 19-point second-half lead against the Utah Jazz in November, when power forward Paul Millsap, for the first time in his career, turned into a 3-point specialist. There was the fadeaway jumper by Rudy Gay two weeks later for a walk-off win by the Memphis Grizzlies. There was the blown 15-point lead in a loss to the New York Knicks in late February and the 24-point blown lead against the Orlando Magic in early March.
SPORTS
March 10, 2011
Big 3 or bust Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel Actually, it's time to stop panicking. And if the Heat do that, they still can win a championship. The trouble started when coach Erik Spoelstra tried to get too creative, essentially engineering the panic that now is engulfing the team. Believing he could get more out of his team, Spoelstra first inserted Mario Chalmers into his starting lineup at point guard and then tabbed Erick Dampier as his starting center.
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By Ray Frager | November 7, 2008
Heat@Spurs 8 p.m. [ESPN] Will Tony Parker (right) go for another 55 points against Miami? Will the Heat's Dwyane Wade see Parker's big game Wednesday night as a challenge and try to score 56? And would you recognize Miami coach Erik Spoelstra if he came to your door asking whether you could spare a pick-and-roll? As usual, I have no answers.
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