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Wade knows he will get ball at top more, but also sees post as place he can catch breath, use guile. Watched MJ go there late in career.
Dwyane Wade says primary offseason focus was working in post. Was worried about losing strength w/ diet, but feels stronger than last yr.
Spoelstra said he did not play James Ennis because he wanted to give an extended run to Danny Granger.
Erik Spoelstra said he held out James Ennis in order to give Danny Granger more time. Granger scored 3p on 1/3 in 16min.
Spoelstra said McRoberts won't play Friday in preseason finale in Memphis, but he hopes to get Hamilton in. So no McBob for entire preseason
Erik Spoelstra says he doesn't think Josh McRoberts (toe) will play Friday. That would mean he'll miss the entire preseason.
Spoelstra on why Ennis didn't play: "Wanted to get Danny some minutes, and have him play through that and play through some fatigue."
Erik Spoelstra says it's not necessarily set that Norris Cole will start and Mario Chalmers will come off the bench as a combo guard.
Heat shot 8/27 on threes tonight.
Wade looked pretty healthy tonight. He put up 26p on 11/17, 6a, hit a 3-pointer.
Dwyane Wade finishes 11-for-17 for 26 points. Mostly midrange, w/ 3 FTs. Expect him to take final preseason game off.
Chalmers misses both free throws and the Heat hold on to a 5 point lead with 34 seconds left. This one isn't over just yet.
The Heat need THESE fans during regular reason, legitimately into it even for a game that doesn't count.
Heat dodged a bullet there. 86-83 with 48.9 seconds left. Can the Heat avoid playing in another overtime game?
Kevin McHale letting Howard & Harden sit this out, as 5 subs finish. Spoelstra still playing starters. Trying to get rhythm.
Heat 84, Rockets 81 with 2:49 left. Please, God, anything but overtime.
Khem Birch just might be your Heat 15th man, at least until Josh McRoberts is a full go in the power rotation.
Rockets went 1-6 in the third quarter from beyond the arc after knocking down 8 in the first half.
Rookie night for Napier, who is 0-for-5 and just got torched by Ish Smith.
Bosh: 20p on 7/11, 2/3 threes, 4r, 3a in 28min. so far.
Shabazz Napier also in to start Q4. His night so far: 0p on 0/5, 0a, 0 TO in 12 min.
Heat notables who haven't played yet tonight: Udonis Haslem, James Ennis. Danny Granger has gotten just 11min, but he's in to start Q4.
Heat have the lead 70-67 entering the final quarter. Chalmers scored 9 points, Bosh 6 in the third quarter.
End Q3: Heat 70, Rockets 67. Mario Chalmers having a nice game off the bench: 13p on 3/5, 3a, 3s.
Heat 70, Rickets 67 at end of three. Wade with 19, Bosh with 17. Chalmers with an impressive 13
Chalmers banks in three, and Heat lead after trailing by 13. Place impressively loud for preseason.
Safe to say that Mario Chalmers has his confidence back
Heat fight back and have tied it at 67-67
Game basically Wade (19) and Bosh (17) against Howard (19) and Harden (19), in a league when Big Twos not exactly in vogue.
Miami isn't especially big, doesn't have elite athleticism & is at least one shooter short. Needs to be elite defensively.
Not sure the Chris Andersen stepback jumper is sustainable, but there's a certain charm to it.
Birdman with the difficult step-back jumper while Howard guards him tightly. AA Arena explodes with cheer.
Birdman with another jumper . . . and conversion. Ca-caw?
Heat now 4 of 15 on 3-pointers. Rockets 9 of 19.
Mario Chalmers was instructing Shawne Williams before that first FT, missed it, immediately went back to instructing.
I'm not sure what Wade was thinking on that last play but with 19 points on 9-12 shooting in 19 minutes, he's been deadly efficient.
Weird preseason for Luol Deng. Scored 18+ twice, was at 4 or under twice. He's got 2p on 1/3 in 22min. tonight.
Wade with careless offensive possession creates and-one opportunity for Rockets.
Patrick Beverley is wonderfully psychotic on defense (and a tad dirty, as well).
Patrick Beverley, the pest that he is, draws a technical foul on Chalmers for a retaliatory elbow.
Cole with four fouls after 14 minutes of action.
Looks like Wade might score a lot of points this season. The Heat?
Looking like James Ennis, Udonis Haslem, Shannon Brown will be on outside of rotation. And McRoberts will only further change the equation.
Cole takes his time getting up after hitting the deck, then calmly waits for the ball and knocks down the corner 3 to make it 51-54
Cole steps up at start of second half, as does Bosh. Heat within three.
Luol Deng has long been a wonderful complementary piece. The Heat, though, might need more., So far, it's largely been a struggle.
Great half of basketball for Dwyane Wade. He has 17 pts. Everyone else? ... When does Ennis come in?
Rockets 52, Heat 41 at half. Wade with 17 on 8-of-10, Bosh with nine, Harden with 15, Dwight with 15.
Most encouraging 10 minutes for Wade offensively, by far, since the Eastern Conference finals.
Wade continues to be aggressive attacking the rim. Missed dunk didn't stop him from penetrating again.
This time Wade hard to hole, finishes, and-one foul. But really, so far there's only been Wade and Bosh.
Wade tries soaring dunk. That doesn't work.
Wade checking back in, because winning at least one preseason home game might be nice. And still, no James Ennis.
Pat Beverley just undercut Birdman on an alley-oop. This preseason aggression will not stand, man.
Wade checks out at 7 of 8 from field.
Yes, Wade has 12. But Harden buries 3-pointer over him and now has 15.
This time Birdman launches from 17 feet . . . and converts.
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.
Good news is Wade 5 for 5. Other news is that mostly against Harden's defense . . . so does that count?
Wade's 5-for-5 and moving freely, which is the most important thing for the Heat tonight.
Wade now 4 for 4 with the spinner that was goal-tended.
Chalmers not only playing point now, but even advanced the ball while partnered with Napier.
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.
Birdman shoots . . . and misses the three.
Wade opens the game with 6p on 3/3, 2a in 6 min.
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).
That Nelly was never appointed as our poet laureate is a longtime frustration of mine. Go back and listen to the Nellyville album again.
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.
Jason Terry doing the Jet thing in American Airlines Arena. Not the same as it was.
Anybody under 20 only knows Nelly from his performances in celebrity All-Star games, but he used to be in music.
Heat media guide revelation of the day: Shannon Brown appeared in the music video for Nelly's "Just a Dream."
Jason Terry is on the Rockets.
Birdman tries to advance the ball across midcourt. Bad things happen. Turnover.
Looking at Houston's bench, and not sure they make the playoffs this season
Pat Beverley is already talking to trash to Udonis Haslem ... and Haslem is on the bench! Two of my favorite players in the league.
Now two fouls on Cole, so Shabazz Napier time.
Well, that was unfortunate