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Mateo's Hoop Diary: Bam Adebayo should add the 3-point shot to his game

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Bam Adebayo should add the 3-point shot to his game

/ / Basketball, South Florida
Did you see that? The one possession that mattered in the All-Star Game for Heat supporters: Bam Adebayo dribbled upcourt, pulled up and swished a trifecta over Nikola Jokić. Instantly, the masses wondered how much his game could leap forward. If only TNT’s broadcast crew had the chops to quote Heat play-by-play caller Eric Reid ...
Mateo’s Hoop Diary: NBA’s All-Star Game is a waste of time

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: NBA’s All-Star Game is a waste of time

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The All-Star Game was once an anticipated, star-studded spectacle that attracted casual observers, hard-core fans, and those who covered the game because of its dazzling plays, fierce competition and passionate participants. Now, it’s a sham. - an unserious, nearly three-hour lollygag fest that sedates viewers at home and players can’t wait for it to end ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Heat defeated by the Celtics and possibly lose Josh Richardson and Terry Rozier for some time

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Heat defeated by the Celtics and possibly lose Josh Richardson and Terry Rozier for some time

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The Celtics rolled into Kaseya Center and pulled away from the Heat after tensions flared on Super Bowl Sunday. And of course, the setting was filled with a Playoff atmosphere on prime time TV between two rivals who have faced off in three of the last four Eastern Conference Finals. (Jimmy Butler didn’t play because ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Coban Porter, brother of Nuggets forward, changes plea to guilty in vehicular homicide and vehicular assault case

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Coban Porter, brother of Nuggets forward, changes plea to guilty in vehicular homicide and vehicular assault case

/ / Basketball, South Florida
Coban Porter, brother of Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., has changed his not guilty plea to guilty to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for the drunken accident that killed Katharina Rothman, a mother to a then four-year-old while working for Uber on Jan. 22, 2023. He also pleaded guilty to unlawfully operating a vehicle, injuring ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Heat take care of Spurs in fourth quarter

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Heat take care of Spurs in fourth quarter

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The young and rebuilding Spurs hung around with the Heatles for three quarters but were overmatched in the last. Early, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo were the only positives of the offense. The former burned drop coverage and splashed two catch-and-shoot trays. The latter obliterated paint protections, shooting over the 7-foot-4 Victor Wembanyama twice, rim ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: The Heat crushed the Magic

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: The Heat crushed the Magic

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The visiting Magic got shut down, and vintage Jimmy Butler returned. Early, the Heat’s defense swarmed the Magic in man coverage and the 2-3 zone, contesting on time and forcing the guests to seven of 20 baskets in the first quarter. Markelle Fultz and Paolo Banchero were the only mystical ones causing problems- the former ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Kawhi Leonard and James Harden set the Heat’s house on fire in the Clippers' win

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Kawhi Leonard and James Harden set the Heat’s house on fire in the Clippers’ win

/ / Basketball, South Florida
Prodigy Jaime Jaquez Jr. hit the rookie wall. The long-range attack faltered. And the Heat were carved up by Kawhi Leonard and James Harden, enduring the 12th home loss of the season. Josh Richardson started in Tyler Herro’s place due to a migraine, and Duncan Robinson was absent in concussion protocol. Harden intercepted Terry Rozier’s ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Heat's defense tightens up in second half for win on the road against the Wizards

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Heat’s defense tightens up in second half for win on the road against the Wizards

/ / Basketball, South Florida
Merlin’s powers couldn’t save the Wizards from getting neutered by the Heat’s 2-3 zone in the second half after success against it in the first. Yet, in quarter two, the visitors were thrown in a double-digit ditch, but Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo severed the hosts’ defenses, combining for 11 baskets on 15 tries while ...
Hurricanes Redemption

Hurricanes Redemption

An Elite Eight in 2022. A Final Four in 2023. Things had never been better for the University of Miami Men's Basketball Program. Expectations come and go, but with an upward trend, the 2024 Canes were all set to be the best team in school history. Disaster Months in the Making This team is currently ...
Tua Tagovailoa has thrived in coach Mike McDaniel's offense with the Miami Dolphins.

Do McDaniel & Grier believe in Tua, or trying to save jobs for 2025?

/ / Football, South Florida
It may not be a hotseat for Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and head coach Mike McDaniel in the upcoming 2024 season, but the chair is definitely heating up. The Dolphins front office has some work to do, and it’s going to be complicated. The team has an astounding salary cap situation, and also ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Jimmy Butler and Co. snap the Heat out of funk, setting franchise assist record

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Jimmy Butler and Co. snap the Heat out of funk, setting franchise assist record

/ / Basketball, South Florida
To start, the offense was jammed worse than traffic during rush hour on the Don Shula Expressway. But the defense made it just as ugly for the visitors, aside from Keegan Murray and Kevin Huerter, with on-time contests in man coverage and the 2-3 zone. It took nearly seven minutes of action for the Heat’s ...
How do the Miami Heat fix this? No easy answers

How do the Miami Heat fix this? No easy answers

/ / Basketball, South Florida
There is no denying it, the Heat has been atrocious recently. They are on a seven game-losing streak and have fallen into the play-in positions in the standings. The Heat cannot afford to be a play-in team again. Changes need to be made for them to become relevant in the Eastern Conference again. The question ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Heat put to shame at home by the Suns

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Heat put to shame at home by the Suns

/ / Basketball, South Florida
Terry Rozier, the new guy on the block, finally blended into the offense in a vain effort, logging 21 points on eight of 14 shots, as most of the team left him hanging. Jimmy Butler got going after the Heat was jumped. And the defense provided little resistance up top with late help. Even without ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Heat overpowered by Knicks at Madison Square Garden

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Heat overpowered by Knicks at Madison Square Garden

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There have been few shooting displays like the one the Knicks exhibited in New York since Paul Castellano got whacked in front of Sparks Steakhouse. The victims were the Miami Heat, outhustled on the glass by 14 and, at one moment, going down 22 points. The visitors rushed to a 13-4 lead on a Jimmy ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Jimmy Butler and the Heat got humbled at home by old foes

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Jimmy Butler and the Heat got humbled at home by old foes

/ / Basketball, South Florida
The bigger, stronger and faster Boston Celtics annihilated the Heat at Kaseya Center on national TV. Five members of Gang Green feasted behind the arc. Jayson Tatum outplayed Jimmy Butler. And newly acquired point guard Terry Rozier started but was attacked and ineffective from the field. Early, Kristaps Porziņģis slaughtered the Heat’s defenses in the ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Memphis Grizzlies ruin Terry Rozier’s Heat debut

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Memphis Grizzlies ruin Terry Rozier’s Heat debut

/ / Basketball, South Florida
Terry Rozier’s off-the-bench Heat debut was quiet, and the offense struggled to score, looking worse at times than what it was with Kyle Lowry, who was booted with a first-round pick to Charlotte. Following the first half, the scoreboard highlighted 49-42 in favor of the Grizzlies. In the first quarter, the only things working were ...