Clifford picked Heat to end up fourth or fifth in the East. That was not spin. He never spins.
Um, yeah. Yet the single biggest push-back I heard about my pre-camp predictions was the Heat still finishing ahead of the Hornets.
Cole steps up at start of second half, as does Bosh. Heat within three.
Chatting informally (but not off-the-record) with Clifford today. You know what he emphasized: How badly fans are underestimating the Heat.
Luol Deng has long been a wonderful complementary piece. The Heat, though, might need more., So far, it's largely been a struggle.
Rockets 52, Heat 41 at half. Wade with 17 on 8-of-10, Bosh with nine, Harden with 15, Dwight with 15.
Wade now 6 for 6. Rest of Heat 5 of 19.
Heat again down by double digits. They're being out-rebounded and outscored from beyond the arc.
Wade's 5-for-5 and moving freely, which is the most important thing for the Heat tonight.
No, that's not the contrast on your TV: Heat with a new, lighter court this season.
It took a while but Granger knocks down the first Heat 3-pointer of the night.
Khem Birch about to enter for Heat. There's not be a lot of Udonis Haslem this preseason.
Rockets 6 of 8 on 3-pointers, because that's what teams do against the Heat.
Not a good start for a team trying to avoid an 0-3 preseason at home. Heat trail Rockets 28-18 going into second quarter (TNT, really).
Rockets currently 5-7 from beyond the arc in the first quarter. Heat are 0-2
Heat already with seven turnovers, something this team cannot afford.
Heat media guide revelation of the day: Shannon Brown appeared in the music video for Nelly's "Just a Dream."
Chris Bosh was not the only Heat player the Rockets' pursued. Did not advance nearly as far, but also had talks with Deng.
Good test run for Rockets & Heat tonight. Both teams playing regular starters, rotation, w/ exception of McRoberts' absence for Miami.
S.Williams will be replaced when J.McRoberts comes on line, of course, but Williams already appears to be an important piece for the Heat.
If tonight is the Heat's dress rehearsal for opening night...Shawne Williams has come a long way. Congrats to him.
Heat also starting Shawne Williams again at PF. Seems to be their guy until Josh McRoberts is back.
Cole, Wade, Deng, S. Williams, Bosh starting for the Heat tonight against the Houston Rockets.
Heat will start Norris Cole tonight for 6th time in 7 preseason games.
Heat center Justin Hamilton is active for tonight's game.
Erik Spoelstra says Josh McRoberts believes he is ready to play for Heat, but team still holding him out.
Summing up: Tony and Courtney starters. Tayshaun in role Miller had with the Heat -- sometimes playing, sometimes not. Rookies sit for now.
Bosh on Heat media sessions being a little smaller this year: "Yeah, I don't know why."
Collison currently watching from the sidelines with his right shoulder wrapped with some kind of heat or ice pad.
Joakim Noah, 4 his (unusual) praise of Heat, did add this about Deng's situation: "Hopefully, it's not THAT good. But I love him to death."
Spoke at length to Pau Gasol about his recruitment by Heat. He says their situation was too "unclear" at time he made decision... (1/2)
LeBron took half the Heat roster to Cleveland with him and also "Seven Nation Army."
Tyler Johnson has $75K guarantee, Khem Birch $50K, so Heat keeping either on the opening-night roster would not cost extra in short run.