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That's because basketball never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

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2013Season Preview: A healthy Chris Bosh and rested Dwyane Wade will be the key to the retooled Miami offense. Veterans Amare Stoudemire, Luol Deng, and Gerald Green will be counted upon for scoring, as will Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, and rookie Justise Winslow. Can the Heat compete in their second season without LeBron James? The experience and talent are definitely there.

2013Recap: After reaching the NBA Finals four times in a row, the Heat fell short of winning a playoff spot, finishing with 37 wins. The team could not make up for the loss of LeBron James, despite solid seasons from Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, and Zoran Dragic, who came to Miami in a late-season trade for draft picks.

Season Preview: Miami goes into battle without the NBA's best player, LeBron James. That puts extra pressure on guards Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. The Heat are still a dangerous team, but may need to find a big-time center if they want to return to the NBA Finals.

2013July 14, 2140: The Heat spent the 2013–14 season getting ready for the playoffs—sharpening their skills and making sure their stars were healthy and rested. The team won 54 games and LeBron James scored over 2,000 points for the second year in a row. James also led the teams in rebounds and assists, and tied Ray Allen for the team lead with 116 3-pointers. The Heat reached the NBA Finals with the loss of just four games, but they were unable to match up with the San Antonio Spurs, who defeated them 4 games to 1. Almost immediately, Miami fans began wondering whether James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh would remain with the team. All three could opt out of their contracts during the summer of 2014. On July 12, James signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade and Bosh decided to stay with Miami.

Recap: The Heat spent the 2013–14 season getting ready for the playoffs—sharpening their skills and making sure their stars were healthy and rested. The team won 54 games and LeBron James scored over 2,000 points for the second year in a row. James also led the teams in rebounds and assists, and tied Ray Allen for the team lead with 116 3-pointers.

     
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P.J. Brown floats a one-hander over big Ben Wallace on this trading card. This was about as far away from the basket as Brown shot the ball. He liked to work in the paint. (Topps, Inc.)

 

 

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Shane Battier and I went to the same college (Duke, at different times). I've heard some people say he has the brains and charisma to become President of the United States some day. Man, I'm not even the president of my own house. (Donruss/Panini America)

 

Steve Smith — 6' 8" Guard
Born: 3/31/1969
Played for Team: 1991–92 to 1994–95 & 2004–05
Steve Smith was a talented all-around player with a smooth shooting touch. He was one of the Heat's big stars in their early years, and Miami fans were sad to see him traded to the Hawks, where he became an All-Star. Smith was one of the game's most confident 3-point shooters.


P.J. Brown — 6' 11" Forward/Center
Born: 10/14/1969
Played for Team: 1996–97 to 1990–00
No one could relax when P.J. Brown was on the court. He could score and rebound as well as anyone on the Heat. Brown also brought a special brand of toughness that helped make Miami one of the most physical teams in the NBA. He made the NBA All-Defense team three times with the Heat.


Eddie Jones — 6' 6" Guard/Forward
Born: 10/20/1971
Played for Team: 2000–01 to 2004–05 & 2006–07
Few NBA players could do as many things well as Eddie Jones. When Alonzo Mourning was felled by a kidney ailment, Jones stepped up and helped the team make a run in the playoffs. He was the team's mot dependable player before Dwyane Wade arrived.


Shane Battier — 6' 8" Forward
Born: 9/9/1978
First Season with Team: 2011–12
After losing the 2011 NBA Finals, the Heat realized they needed veteran role players to win a championship. They signed Shane Battier and he rewarded them by playing a key role in Miami's 2012 championship.


Ray Allen — 6' 5" Guard
Born: 7/29/1975
First Season with Team: 2012–13
Like Shane Battier, Ray Allen was brought in to help the Big Three of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James seal the deal on a second NBA title. He delivered as expected, making a clutch shot against the Spurs to keep the Heat alive in Game 6 of the Finals.

     
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I happen to know the folks at Norwood House aren't crazy about tattoos, but we couldn't find a photo of this guy without a million of 'em! (Author's Collection)

 

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
Shane Battier showed why teams are smart to obtain skilled veterans for the playoffs. During the 2012 NBA Finals, he hit 57.5% of his 3-pointers to set a new record. In Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, he nailed six 3-pointers to help Miami defeat the Spurs.


SUDDENLY PERFECT
Journeyman Chris "Birdman" Andersen bounced around pro basketball for nearly a decade before finding a home with the Heat in 2013. That spring, he went 15–for-15 from the field in the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers. He then shot over 80% in the NBA Finals to set a new record. Andersen is instantly recognizable for his Mohawk hairstyle and head-to-toe tattoos.


21 FREE THROWS
In Game 5 of the 2006 finals, Dwyane Wade attempted 21 foul shots. No one has ever gone to the line more often in a championship series game.

     
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Alonzo Mourning jams one home, and makes it look easy on this trading card. He was better known for keeping opponents from doing this. (Sports Illustrated for Kids)

 

SCORING
2008–09 — Dwyane Wade— 30.2


REBOUNDING
No member of the team has led the league in rebounding.


ASSISTS
No member of the team has led the league in assists.


STEALS

No member of the team has led the league in steals.


BLOCKED SHOTS
1998–99 Alonzo Mourning 3.9
1999–00 Alonzo Mourning 3.7

     
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Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki share the cover of this 2006 NBA Finals program. They met again five years later. (National Basketball Association)

 


HEAT in the FINALS

SEASON OPPONENT SCORE
2005–06 Dallas Mavericks Won 4–2
2010–11 Dallas Mavericks Lost 2–4
2011–12 Oklahoma City Thunder Won 4–1
2012–13 San Antonio Spurs Won 4–3
2013–14 San Antonio Spurs Lost 1–4

 

 
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