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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Heat 104, Spurs 101

***UPDATED: The Heat released Mickell Gladness and Robert Dozier on Sunday. The roster is now down to 18 players. The team can only carry 15 players into the regular season.***

(Tip time was 3:30 p.m., but you get the idea.)

PittmanBEST OF THE NIGHT: Dexter Pittman's effort

The Heat's reserve center played one of his best games in a Heat uniform. While he still has plenty of work to do — note the turnovers in the second half — Pittman moved well, found space on offense and finished with eight points on 4 of 4 shooting in 17 minutes. He also had six rebounds, including two on the offensive glass. When he checked out of the game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra gave Pittman a hand slap. (photo credit: Associated Press)

WORST OF THE NIGHT: Turnovers

The Heat had 26 of them but still pulled out the victory. Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole had four turnovers each. Cole, who has started at point guard throughout the preseason, has 18 turnovers and 13 assists in five games. 

PLAY OF THE NIGHT: Giving it to Josh Harrellson for his clutch three-pointer with 1:01 left in the game. It gave the Heat a three-point lead. Harrellson helped himself tremendously on Saturday, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds in about 13 minutes.

LINE OF THE NIGHT: Rashard Lewis had his best game of the preseason, going 6 of 9 from the field and 3 of 6 from three-point for 15 points. He led the Heat in scoring in his 20 minutes off the bench. He also had three rebounds, four steals and an assist.

NIGHTLY ANALYSIS: It's pretty clear who's not making the team at this point in the preseason. Jarvis Vanardo and Robert Dozier didn't play and Mickell Gladness and Rodney Carney played limited minutes at the end of the game. It appears the final two roster spots are now between three players: Harrellson, point guard Garrett Temple and shooting guard Terrel Harris. Harrellson appears to be in good shape to make the team. Temple, who led the Heat in minutes (26), had five points on 2 of 4 shooting to go along with six assists and four rebounds.

Temple, entering his third season in the NBA, might have the edge on Harris based on point guard being a perceived position of need. Mario Chalmers (quadriceps) hasn't played yet in the preseason, leaving only Norris Cole as the only healthy point guard with a guaranteed contract.

Gladness and others might be free agents soon. Gladness entered the game late and one turnover and one rebound in about four minutes. After the game, he posted this on Twitter:

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If the Heat indeed cuts Gladness — and that decision could come before the team leaves for Raleigh, N.C., on Monday — he should have no problem finding a job. He played well for Golden State last season after being released by the Heat.

ABOUT THE OTHER GUYS: Danny Green led the Spurs with 17 points, going 6 of 10 from the field and 5 of 8 from three-point range. Tim Duncan had 15 points (7 of 10 shooting) and six rebounds in about 16 minutes.

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WELL, AFTER WATCHING THE GAME YESTERDAY, I COULD SEE WHY PICKING HARRELLSON WOULD BE A CHOICE... BUT I STILL SAY CARNEY WOULD BE BETTER THAN HARRIS,TEMPLE... HE HAS A BETTER SHOT, PLAYS BETTER DEFENSE, AND I COULD SEE HIM DEFENDING SOMEONE LIKE WESTBROOK IF NEEDED OR RONDO....

LOOK AT THE DEPTH CHART:

C) BOSH, ANTHONY, PITTMAN, HARRELSON

PF) UD, BATTIER, LEWIS

SF) BRON, MILLER, JONES

SG) WADE, ALLEN, CARNEY

PG) RIO, COLE

I LIKE OUR CHANCES... THIS WILL NOT BE EZ... BUT I LIKE OUR CHANCES.... WATCHING ALL THINGS HEAT... TITLE RUN 2013... LET'S GET IT... 007...

SEE THE WAY I SEE IT, THIS SEASON HAS MORE TO DO WITH SEEDING AND PLAYING MORE TO STAY HEALTHY THAN LAST SEASON... THE EAST HAS GOTTEN BETTER... LET'S TRY A PICK'UM PLAYOFF SEEDING... JUST PRESEASON, I'M JUST SAYIN...

1) HEAT
2) CELTICS
3) PACERS
4) KNICKS
5) NETS
6) SIXERS
7) BULLS
8) BUCKS

NOW IF THIS WAS THE PERFECT PICK'UM, WE PLAY GOOD MATCHUPS THROUGHOUT AND WE LET OTHER TEAMS CLASH AS WELL... I'M JUST SAYIN...TBC...

UGH!!! First off Carney doesn't have the speed to guard a Westbrook or Rondo, he is a small forward. They would blow right past him. And second, are you yelling writing in caps in this blog? Or did you forget to turn off your caps lock key? Good God!

not yelling just had my caplock on... but carney is not as bad as you think... and harris might be a good guy but carney is better....

now that that's off, back to the heat.... if they keep varnardo i would understand..

to be honest, i think the heat should bring in peitrus, and k-mart....

Pietrus is with the Bucks, and if u bring in K mart, your telling Haslem he doesnt have it anymore. And that would cause more harm than good.

Hi HEAT fans, I'm new here, been on the Dolphins blog for years, I should have tried this site long ago. My error. In case any of you are, or have been on the Dolphins site, I'm not like some of those guys. I'm non confrontational, I just want to discuss the players and the game. I'm not here to insult anyone. Just want to share thoughts and learn from your collective knowledge, fair enough?

If I may be bold, I believe the Heat can and will make the Finals this year!!! And win more than 72 games!!! Write it down boys, my prediction prior to the season! Let it be written, let it be done! Yes, more than a 72 win season will beat the Bulls record season!

RedskyHeat,
Your welcome to come aboard, but remember to bring your A game at all times! Sometimes it gets confrontational in here. Someone saying that we need to keep Rodney "Journeyman" Carney to be able to guard Rondo or Westbrook is insane. So bring it, knowledge is key to this blog. Good Luck!

So was it Varnado or Dozier or both that got cut along with Mickell Gladness?

Black

Here's my preseason Eastern conference picks:

1-Heat
2-Bulls (certainly not this high if DRose is hobbled, but I think he'll be back strong)
3-Celtics (lot of nice moves in the offseason, plus getting Green healthy, helps)
4-Knicks (like the Celtics, too old for an 82 game schedule, might be dangerous in a playoff series though)
5-Nets (individual talent, but team?)
6-Pacers
7-Sixers (Doug Collins will have his team believing, they could be as high as 4 here)
8-Wizards (this is my 'are you serious' team. I could be way off here)

Heat aren't winning 72 regular season games, but they won't need to. They'll get in the playoffs, and will win their rounds to get to the championship.

Where are my Laker fans? Maybe A-Roid needs to give Kome some advice about his game.s

Let's get it crack-a-lackin'!

Also, looking at the depth chart, and looking at other teams in the league, I think the Heat have the best roster right now.. A good strong bench with Allen, Lewis, Miller (if he stays healthy), UD, Cole. All other teams that have superstars have an extremely weak bench i.e. Lakers, Nets, Knicks. Only competition I see are the Spurs, Boston, and the Lakers (simply because of their size, with Pau and Howard, but we'll stomp a mud hole in them when they put in their reserves). Also, the Sixers are looking pretty good in the preseason, we'll see how they play when it counts.

Also, one more thing, (sorry to clog the blog, im new here also) .. but Carney being able to guard Rondo or westbrook is insane. Carney is more of a small forward... HOWEVER, Garrett Temple, who is a 6'6 Guard very active, fast, good ball handling skills, and ok court vision can make Rondo and Weskbrook think twice about their decision making, and can stay in front of them with his length

Dam, yall, just don't see it yet.... Look, scrap the being able to handle westbrook or rondo thing, this guy isn't that bad... temple, not a fan of... we have bron and wade who could run the point when rio and cole sit... but to the new bloggers, welcome... need more who can add to what i see.. anyway... hope you bring it... long season....007.. tbc...

Ok, now, when you look at this roster and look around the league, what do we lack??? i would say, maybe another big who could bang down low... harrelson doesn't do that but he has a solid jumper... right... carney plays solid defense, and has length, and can shoot... now we know miller is and will be sidelined, the wildcard is allen and his ankles, we pray that wade is right all season, who knows with jones, god blessed us with bron, let's hope bosh stays healthy, hopefully ud is there all year.. joel, well, joel... if pittman improves, play him more... look, this team is better than last years team... but those last two spots could make this roster even more deeper... i'm just sayin....

Oh yea Carney isnt a bad player Black, good shooter, athletic, and such.. my thing is were over-staffed if you will, with wing players. Carney isn't a point guard, a position we need, he's more of a 2 or 3, which are spots that we dont need. Thats why we dont need to go after Raja Bell if he ever gets released, unless we cut a wing player (i.e. James Jones)

I though Harris was being groomed as a defender of the 1 and 2 spots.

Length doesn't keep you in front of people, quick feet and desire does.

If point is what we were going after why didnt we sign aaron brooks this offseason... best for the price that was out there... to be honest i would rather trade for booby gibson... but who do we trade... maybe a draft pick... but, if we were looking for a solid big who defends why not whiteside... but hey harrelson can shoot... don't see him defending D12 or KG but hey...

I asked the same question about Brooks and Whiteside, but hey I guess they're not what the Heat are looking for.

Here's a trade for you: miller, jones, joel and a pick to the Cavs for gibson an varejo...

Why would the Cavs do that? Our trash for 2 servicable players? Come on Black! What are u smoking? SMH

now that was fuuny...

meant to say funny...

i'm just sayin...

... I wouldnt say Varejo is a serviceable player (especially since they're giving out fines for flopping this season)

and peitrus is still free...

but Peitrus isn't signing for Vet min. which is all the Heat can afford right now. Ive never really been a fan of Peitrus though..

better wing defender, ok three-point threat, but hey if he wants more, go elsewhere... we want players who want to be here.... who want rings...

Smitty,

Varejao averaged 10.8 ppg and 11.8 rebounds last year and you don't think that's SERVICABLE??? Wow, you must hang out with black the trucker...That's some stuff you guys are on. SMDH

ha, you something, i was just trying to let the man talk.. but really, the way the trade would shape itself out would help both teams... and yes, varejao could really help down low... but hey, i'm just sayin... everyone has an opinion... thats the beauty of bloggin...

bky,


why would you call three solid players who we use, trash... i mean the cavs could use some shooting and joel would help them too... not to mention a draft pick....

Yes, Trash. Have you been paying attention? We are now a "positionless" team. Jones will barely play now, Anthony as well with Bosh at the 5. Miller is always hurt. With the exeption of game 5. Every team has trash. This isnt a fantasy world, wouldnt happen.

Hey just read the depth chart on b/r website for this season and i kinda like this 15-man roster... YES.... keep varnardo as a pf.... start bron at the 4... ok... but, the way we play, it really doesn't matter... i like it... yes....

If this is the roster this upcoming season, i really feel we will repeat... YES....

I remember watching varnado defend cousins in college, and he out played him at times, this kid isn't a bad choice... he plays defense real well... YES.... see we have enough on the wings, ok... we need some down low... ok, this guy would help....

Remember now, THE HEAT ARE THE CHAMPIONS, no need to make huge personnel turnovers.

Also, character counts more than statistics, especially if you are not going to be a regular rotation player.

And for those that like to blog in acronyms and abbreviations, that last paragraph would read - accmtseiyangtbarrp.

I know it's not hip yet, but wait until one of those Hollywood 1 percenters (who are absolutely HATED by those Occupy a Shower people) use it, than it'll be gold, Jerry.

Black

Ignore the last two paragraphs and my thought was:

11-15 on the roster probably won't get much burn during April, May, and June, so let's hold onto players with good team characteristics, regardless of which players have marginally better offensive stats. J. Howard is an example of a quality bench player - he's not taking you to the promised land, but you want him in your practices and locker room (and for the Wizards - your plane trips).

All in all, I'm ready for next Tuesday night. Just want to see old gangsta KG trying to look mean and motivated while the Heat players get their rings. Maybe he'll be a sportsman and applaud their accomplishments....what, that won't ever happen? Remember "anything is possible!!!"

2013 - The year of the (first) repeat!

replacing curry and howard with harrellson and varnado isn't such a bad choice... their younger, ones a defender, the other shoots well... i like it... keep pittman... start bron at the 4... bosh at the 5... this is a deep squad... yup, i like it....

Check out the new depth chart:

C) Bosh, Anthony, Pittman, Harrellson

PF) Bron, UD, Varnado

SF) Battier, Lewis, Jones

SG) Wade, Allen, Miller

PG) Rio, Cole

I really, really like this team.... look, the season starts next week and I really think this season will be very special... coach I need a job somewhere behind the scenes... let me in... watching all things heat... title run 2013... let get ready....007...

someone tell miller, if he dives on the floor once we're cutting him... just shoot, that's it... no drives, no taking charges, just shoot....

Our offense has to have more motion... sets have to be more crisp... open shoots have to be set up properly... we must team rebound, better than ever... help the helper, at all times... attack when we want to... this team has a lot of talent... but use it the right way... Bosh, find ur spot in the paint, use the glass on the post, be smart with fouls, get to the line.... Bron, run things thru the post, you have the advantage at all times, use it to ur advantage, you could average a triple-double this year, this will be a very special year for you... Wade, first and for most stay healthy, motion, will be key this season, back cuts, attacks, get to the line, run the floor, mid-range game, find ur spot under the foul line, also a special year... Rio, be smart, you have all the talent to mesh with this squad, be aggressive but know when to be ready to hit that open shot, stay out of foul trouble, we need you on the floor... UD, stay solid, in every way of those words... Battier, stay solid, you were huge last year, we hope you have a solid year this time around... miller, stay healthy, let it fly... Allen, you have the all-time lead in three-point shooting, and on this team it should stretch even more, welcome to the family... Lewis, i think you will be a great addition to the team, stay healthy, stay within yourself, don't have to be the star here, but plz come to play, welcome... Cole, play with ur head, you have to be smart, good thing is you have game, now you have to make everyone else feel comfortable and know when to be aggressive, not ez, but be ready... Jones, when asked, let it fly... Anthony, crash the boards, block shots, take charges, be our defensive star when asked... Pittman, know your role, come in and play big down low, you have a game, now use it, crash the boards, protect the rim, score down low when open, hit ur free throws, run the floor, we need you this year, be ready.... BEST WISHES FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON... watching all things heat.. title run 2013... let's go... 007...

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