The NBA season has officially started. Now we get a chance to see if this Miami Heat team can be more of the 30-11 team from last year and less of the team that really struggled coming out of the gates. The Heat are off to a 2-2 start and there are a few games every Heat fan needs to have circled on their calendars.
3. Nov. 6: The Heat visit the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.
Anytime you get a chance to play the defending champions it is no secret that you need to bring your best game to beat them. The Warriors have had some issues early on, with Draymond Green suffering a minor injury and star players getting ejected. This will not be the Warriors team we see as the season progresses. Once they hit their stride, the Heat will have their hands full. Last year, Dion Waiters had 33 points against the Warriors and one of the most memorable moments of the season.
— Tim Burkes (@tbuzman) January 24, 2017
Waiters and the Heat will have to bring the same type of energy on all sides of the ball to beat the Warriors again this year.
2. Feb. 2: The Battle of the Seven Footers.
The Heat play the Philadelphia 76ers three times in February, the first game is on Feb. 2, in Philadelphia. The Heat and 76ers already played a game in the preseason, which saw 76ers Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside exchange some words on the court that continued on Twitter after the game. Whiteside called out Embiid for only playing 31 games in three years using the hashtag #EmbiidEclipse, referencing what a rarity it is to see Embiid play. It was very entertaining for both fan bases and will be the matchup everyone is looking forward to in that game. Embiid and Whiteside possibly created a rivalry that could last for years, making it safe to say the center position is not dying out in the NBA. Heat Fans can look forward to a firsthand look at Ben Simmons and a competitive game with the 76ers.
— Hassan Whiteside (@youngwhiteside) October 14, 2017
1. March 27: Dwyane Wade returns to American Airlines Arena…again.
One of the most awkward moments from last year was when Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls came to Miami. It was a rollercoaster of emotions for Miami fans to see the best player in Heat history play for another team. This year, Wade isn’t returning to Miami alone, he is bringing Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with him. Health has been an issue early on for the Cavaliers, but they should be at full strength come March. The Heat team will be eager to show Wade that he should have returned to Miami instead of moving to Cleveland.