Due to the monster off-season within the Miami Heat organization, it’s clear that calendars are marked and a new target is set between the other 31 NBA teams looking to make a statement in 2011. Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh have heard enough criticism this summer to keep them motivated through multiple seasons. NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy has high expectations for Miami, saying they’ll break “the single-season win record (72)” and “have a legit shot at the Los Angeles Lakers 33-game winning streak (in 1971-72) as well.” He continued to state that only LA has “even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year.”
The latest mega-trio is ready to “showcase their talents” to a national audience all season long with 29 games scheduled for TNT, ESPN, ABC or NBA TV. Miami will first be tested against the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics Tuesday, October 26 in front of a hostile crowd at the TD Garden. The Orlando Magic will play host to the Heat at the new Amway Arena Wednesday, November 24th. Other notable away games include December 17th against the New York Knicks and January 15th against the Chicago Bulls.
Miami’s most challenging games at the American Airlines Arena come late in the season against the top two teams in the Western Conference. Kobe Bryant and his Lakers will head to South Beach on Thursday, March 10th with hopes to make a statement on their quest to three-peat. The Heat will then welcome in Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder just six days later. Purchase your Miami Heat tickets right here at Ace!