The Miami Heat return to action tonight! The NBA regular season began last night with a couple of games, but for South Florida, the real action begins tonight when the 2018-2019 Miami Heat begin their new campaign. There are tons of things to look for with this team, but for my fingers sake, I will only go into some of the main points.
We’ll start with the obvious. This season, of course, will be the last time we will ever get to see Dwyane Wade in a Miami Heat jersey, as the future hall of famer announced his intention to retire at the end of this season. The farewell tour will be an underlying theme for the entire year as we watch and see how far this team can possibly go. It will also be exciting to see how big a part D-Wade plays in this teams successes or even post season success.
Speaking of which, how about playoff chances for this team? Well, there a lot of variables to that. Such as, will we get Hassan Whiteside from last year or the Whiteside from two years ago? Because if it’s the version from two years ago, then this will be a top 4 or 3 team in the East.
With the emergence of young talent and future stars like Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo, this Heat team could be one of those teams who surprises a few people come April and May. The 3 ball was huge last year too, especially with Wayne Ellington setting a new club record last season for made 3 pointers. There is no reason not to think that with this team another year older and more experienced, that they can’t make some type of playoff run.
And don’t forget names like Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters. Both guys are still nursing injuries to start this new season, but this team will have lots of scoring options once they are back to full strength.
As for tonight, to get it all started, Miami will head to Orlando to play the Magic, before going to D.C. tomorrow and then back home to play their home opener on Saturday vs the Hornets.
The NBA is back, and so is the Miami Heat! Combine that with Hockey, the MLB playoffs, NFL, and college football all going on at the same time, and you can see why this is easily the best time of the year.