If You Can’t Stand the Heat, You’re Probably a Lakers Fan: 2012-2013 Miami Heat Outlook and Tickets

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source: Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Miami Heat Outlook

The Miami Heat did the inevitable last season and won the NBA Championship against a young and exciting Oklahoma City squad. After finally winning an NBA Championship, LeBron James put an end to all the questioning and no ring jokes (Carmelo Anthony now carries that burden).

Now that the Miami Heat won their second NBA Championship in franchise history, what’s next for this team?

In his first season with the Miami Heat in 2011, James and the squad made it to the NBA Finals, but lost the series at home against the Dallas Mavericks where a disappointed Miami crowd walked out during the trophy ceremony. This just ignited an all or nothing attitude in a squad that everyone thought choked big time.

What the Miami Heat should do is try to establish a dynasty like the Celtics of the 70s, the Lakers of the 80s, and the Bulls of the 90s. Anyone can win a ring, but it takes a very talented and dedicated squad to establish a dynasty. The Miami Heat need to play like championship contenders like they were the last two seasons, or risk slouching like the Dallas Mavericks when they failed to defend their championship last season.

Remember Heat fans, LeBron might have one ring, but Luke Walton has two.

The NBA offseason has seen a lot of players change teams, and tilt the balance of power. With injuries to Derrick Rose and the departures of Ray Allen, Dwight Howard, and Joe Johnson from their former teams, the power has shifted in the Eastern Conference to three teams this upcoming season: Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, and Miami Heat.

While everyone is crowding around the Big Three, people forget that the Miami Heat’s bench also put up some points to help the team win a championship. It was their shooting prowess in the three-point area that made people stand on their seats. Shooters like Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller brought Miami from behind or widened their lead. Now with the recent addition of three-point record holder Ray Allen from the Boston Celtics, the team’s artillery almost seems unstoppable.

Their three-point game is set, but their in-the-paint game might run up against some walls, especially with some stiff competition from the Lakers. LeBron James is a powerful guy who can run through just about anyone in the NBA to get to the hoop, but a large and powerful defender like Dwight Howard could put a halt on James’ run.

The Heat’s best defense is a good offense, which might be a bad thing. Joel Anthony is not a big guy for a center, and LeBron is versatile enough to play defense too, but the Heat’s defense is still thin. A resurgent Brooklyn Nets and Lakers could run pick and roll plays and poke holes in the Heat’s defense. The team needs a big man if they want to win another championship.

The Heat has the Eastern Conference locked up with a few challenges presented by the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics, but fans should expect Western Conference teams to humble the NBA champs though.

 

Miami Heat Roster 2012-2013

NO. NAME POS AGE HT WT COLLEGE
34 Ray Allen SG 37 6′ 5″ 205 Connecticut
50 Joel Anthony C 30 6′ 9″ 245 UNLV
31 Shane Battier SF 33 6′ 8″ 225 Duke
1 Chris Bosh PF 28 6′ 11″ 235 Georgia Tech
15 Mario Chalmers PG 26 6′ 2″ 190 Kansas
30 Norris Cole PG 23 6′ 2″ 175 Cleveland State
0 Justin Hamilton C 22 7′ 11″ 260 LSU
40 Udonis Haslem PF 32 6′ 8″ 235 Florida
6 LeBron James SF 27 6′ 8″ 250  
22 James Jones SF 31 6′ 8″ 215 Miami (FL)
9 Rashard Lewis SF 33 6′ 10″ 230  
13 Mike Miller SG 32 6′ 8″ 210 Florida
45 Dexter Pittman C 24 6′ 11″ 285 Texas
3 Dwyane Wade SG 30 6′ 4″ 220 Marquette

Transactions:

Ray Allen (from Boston Celtics): The Miami Heat signed Allen after the three-point shooter decided not to re-sign with the Boston Celtics despite a larger offer than the Heat. Expect Allen to replace the ailing Miller as Miami’s sharpshooter.

Rashard Lewis (from New Orleans Hornets): Allen’s former teammate during their careers in Seattle is another three-point specialist who holds the former Seattle Supersonic’s record for most three-pointers. The addition of Allen and Lewis make the Heat hard to defend from outside the three-point line.

Justin Hamilton (no. 45 draft pick): Hamilton is an unsigned draft pick who was traded by the Philadelphia for Miami’s rights to Arnett Moultrie. He’s a big man, but is still young and probably won’t see much playing time this upcoming season.

Ronny Turiaf (to Los Angeles Clippers): who?

 

2012-2013 Miami Heat Tickets, Schedule, and Key Matchups

Top Ten Miami Heat Home Games (Average Home Game Ticket Price: $189)

Of course the Los Angeles Lakers and their Big Four (Bryant, Howard, Nash, and Gasol) will be the top home game for the Heat. Eastern Conference rivals Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks are listed twice. Expect these teams to fight it out in the playoffs. The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Heat in the last two NBA Finals and are looking to humble the defending champs. The Los Angeles Clippers with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan are also looking to take down the champs.

Top Miami Heat Tickets – Home Games Venue City State Avg Price Tickets
Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat 2/10/13 American Airlines Arena Miami FL $425 Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat
Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat 12/25/12 American Airlines Arena Miami FL $419 Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat
Boston Celtics at Miami Heat 10/30/12 American Airlines Arena Miami FL $362 Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
Boston Celtics at Miami Heat 4/12/13 American Airlines Arena Miami FL $271 Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
New York Knicks at Miami Heat 4/2/13 American Airlines Arena Miami FL $269 New York Knicks at Miami Heat
Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat 4/14/13 American Airlines Arena Miami FL $266 Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat
Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat 1/4/13 American Airlines Arena Miami FL $261 Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat
Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat 2/8/13 American Airlines Arena Miami FL $238 Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat
Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat 1/2/13 American Airlines Arena Miami FL $226 Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat
New York Knicks at Miami Heat 12/6/12 American Airlines Arena Miami FL $224 New York Knicks at Miami Heat

2012-2013 Miami Heat  Home Schedule

The Heat will start off their championship defending campaign with a home opener against the Boston Celtics. Will Ray Allen go easy on his old squad? On Christmas day, Kevin Durant and the Thunder return to the American Airlines Arena to avenge their NBA Finals defeat. The November 2nd game against a renewed Brooklyn Nets has an average ticket price of $128, and is the best deal for a Heat home game this upcoming season.

Miami Heat Schedule – Home Games Venue City State Avg Price
10/30/12 Boston Celtics at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $362
11/3/12 Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $130
11/5/12 Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $122
11/7/12 Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $128
11/21/12 Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $125
11/24/12 Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $144
11/29/12 San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $147
12/1/12 Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $155
12/6/12 New York Knicks at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $224
12/8/12 New Orleans Hornets at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $134
12/10/12 Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $129
12/12/12 Golden State Warriors at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $131
12/15/12 Washington Wizards at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $134
12/18/12 Minnesota Timberwolves at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $144
12/22/12 Utah Jazz at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $172
12/25/12 Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $419
1/2/13 Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $226
1/4/13 Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $261
1/6/13 Washington Wizards at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $179
1/23/13 Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $153
1/25/13 Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $164
2/4/13 Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $154
2/6/13 Houston Rockets at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $179
2/8/13 Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $238
2/10/13 Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $425
2/12/13 Portland Trail Blazers at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $160
2/24/13 Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $166
2/26/13 Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $162
3/1/13 Memphis Grizzlies at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $174
3/6/13 Orlando Magic at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $174
3/8/13 Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $209
3/10/13 Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $185
3/12/13 Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $168
3/22/13 Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $172
3/24/13 Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $163
4/2/13 New York Knicks at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $269
4/6/13 Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $181
4/9/13 Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $161
4/12/13 Boston Celtics at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $271
4/14/13 Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $266
4/17/13 Orlando Magic at Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Miami FL $181

Top Ten Miami Heat Road Games (Average Road Game Ticket Price: $245)

Lakers-Heat takes the No.1 spot again. Everyone expects a Lakers-Heat Finals that will answer the LeBron-Kobe question of who’s the best? LeBron returning to face his hometown and former team Cleveland Cavaliers makes it to the list. Expect more boos now that King James delivers on his promise to bring a ring to Cleveland, just with a different team. The Thunder and Heat are building up a rivalry that might overshadow Lakers-Heat. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are looking to give the Heat a warm New York welcome. Expect a raucous Boston crowd as Ray Allen returns to the TD Garden in a Heat jersey.

Top Miami Heat Tickets – Road Games Venue City State Avg Price Tickets
Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers 1/17/13 Staples Center Los Angeles CA $710 Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers 4/15/13 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland OH $536 Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers
Miami Heat at New York Knicks 11/2/12 Madison Square Garden New York NY $489 Miami Heat at New York Knicks
Miami Heat at New York Knicks 3/3/13 Madison Square Garden New York NY $416 Miami Heat at New York Knicks
Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder 2/14/13 Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City OK $413 Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder
Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers 3/20/13 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland OH $398 Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers
Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets 1/30/13 Barclays Center Brooklyn NY $377 Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets
Miami Heat at Boston Celtics 1/27/13 TD Garden Boston MA $307 Miami Heat at Boston Celtics
Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers 11/14/12 Staples Center Los Angeles CA $280 Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers
Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls 2/21/13 United Center Chicago IL $277 Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls

2012-2013 Miami Heat Road Schedule

The Heat start their road schedule with a trip to New York. The Heat will travel out west in the middle of November and will face some stiff competition from the Clippers and Rockets. At an average ticket price of $82, Minnesota Timberwolves get a great deal to see the Heat come to town in March.  

Miami Heat Schedule – Road Games Venue City State Avg Price
11/2/12 Miami Heat at New York Knicks Madison Square Garden New York NY $489
11/9/12 Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks Philips Arena Atlanta GA $166
11/11/12 Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies FedEx Forum Memphis TN $203
11/12/12 Miami Heat at Houston Rockets Toyota Center Houston TX $214
11/14/12 Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center Los Angeles CA $280
11/15/12 Miami Heat at Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center Denver CO $201
11/17/12 Miami Heat at Phoenix Suns US Airways Center Phoenix AZ $204
12/4/12 Miami Heat at Washington Wizards Verizon Center-DC Washington DC $178
12/20/12 Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center-TX Dallas TX $245
12/26/12 Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte NC $203
12/28/12 Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills MI $129
12/29/12 Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks Bradley Center Milwaukee WI $118
12/31/12 Miami Heat at Orlando Magic Amway Center Orlando FL $165
1/8/13 Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis IN $156
1/10/13 Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers Rose Garden Arena Portland OR $161
1/12/13 Miami Heat at Sacramento Kings Power Balance Pavilion Sacramento CA $172
1/14/13 Miami Heat at Utah Jazz EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City UT $116
1/16/13 Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena Oakland CA $138
1/17/13 Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center Los Angeles CA $710
1/27/13 Miami Heat at Boston Celtics TD Garden Boston MA $307
1/30/13 Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center Brooklyn NY $377
2/1/13 Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis IN $173
2/3/13 Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre Toronto ON $190
2/14/13 Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City OK $413
2/20/13 Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks Philips Arena Atlanta GA $163
2/21/13 Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls United Center Chicago IL $277
2/23/13 Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center-PA Philadelphia PA $141
3/3/13 Miami Heat at New York Knicks Madison Square Garden New York NY $416
3/4/13 Miami Heat at Minnesota Timberwolves Target Center Minneapolis MN $82
3/13/13 Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center-PA Philadelphia PA $135
3/15/13 Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks Bradley Center Milwaukee WI $111
3/17/13 Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre Toronto ON $183
3/18/13 Miami Heat at Boston Celtics TD Garden Boston MA $268
3/20/13 Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland OH $398
3/25/13 Miami Heat at Orlando Magic Amway Center Orlando FL $154
3/27/13 Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls United Center Chicago IL $231
3/29/13 Miami Heat at New Orleans Hornets New Orleans Arena New Orleans LA $157
3/31/13 Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center San Antonio TX $149
4/5/13 Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte NC $178
4/10/13 Miami Heat at Washington Wizards Verizon Center-DC Washington DC $178
4/15/13 Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland OH $536

American Airlines Arena

The American Airlines Arena opened in 2000, and has been home to the Two-Time NBA Championship Miami Heat and many concerts. As a result of Miami’s large Hispanic population, many Latin American artists know that South Beach will give them a warm welcome. Jennifer Lopez and Miami local Enrique Iglesias are making a couple of stops on their co-headlining Dance Again World Tour. Mexican living legend Vicente Fernandez will also perform at the AAA as part of his farewell tour. Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona will also entertain Miami crowds.

American artists like R&B Queen Mary J. Blige and Pop Queen Madonna will also perform separate hot and steamy shows in the tropical arena.

For the kids, Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy and the Ringley Bros B&B Circus will be in town.

 

Miami Teams

The Miami area holds the rare distinction of holding the big-four sports teams (basketball, football, baseball, and hockey).

The NBA Champion Miami Heat formed in 1988 was Florida’s first NBA Team. With two NBA Championships and a Big Three that has been streamlining through the competition, fans can expect to see a few more banners hanging from the American Airlines Arena rafters.

The Miami Marlins, formerly the Florida Marlins, despite winning two World Series (1997 and 2003) in their 20-year history hasn’t gained much recognition outside Florida.  With a new name, new colors, and a new stadium (Marlins Park), the Marlins are sure to grab the attention of MLB fans, especially if their bid for the 2015 All-Star Game goes through. The Marlins are currently last in the National League’s Eastern division. 

The Miami Dolphins is the oldest active sports team in Miami, established in 1966, and like fellow residents Heat and Marlins, they have only won two championships. Their home stadium, Sun Life Stadium has hosted more Super Bowls than the Dolphins have won. the Dolphins start their season with an away game against the Houston Texans on September 9th.

The Florida Panthers of the NHL play just outside Miami city limits in the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. They are the only Big-Four team in the Miami area that hasn’t won a championship. 

 

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