Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, right, celebrates with forward Jimmy Butler after scoring against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals, Sunday, June 4, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Miami Heat to Open Season Wednesday Night

The Miami Heat are set to open their season Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons.

Past Success

The reigning Eastern Conference Champions will take on the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The Heat were the talk of the NBA last season. After entering the playoffs as the 8th seed, the Heat surpassed expectations and made it to the NBA Finals.

In their path to the Finals, they took down the No. 1 seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, winning the series 4-1. They then went on to play the New York Knicks, winning that series 4-2. Finally, they took down the Boston Celtics in 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Although they lost to the Denver Nuggets in five games in the NBA Finals, they cemented themselves as a team that deserved all the praise and respect.

Miami Heat Culture

A large part of the Heat’s success is due to “Heat Culture.” Heat culture starts with President Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra, who have both been with Miami for more than a decade. The organization values all of its players and does not see anyone as just a bench warmer. A reason Heat Culture is so special is everyone is given the opportunity to step up and play a role in the team.

Hard work and grit are at the core of the team and can be seen in any game they play. Every guy is seen as a playmaker, no matter the value of their contract. The Heat went 44-38 last season, 27-14 at home, showing the culture adds to the atmosphere of their home play.

Core Pieces

The Miami Heat will enter this season with the same core players for the fifth year in a row. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are the main headliners of the roster. Butler was the Eastern Conference Finals MVP as well as a 6-time all-star. He is known as “Playoff Jimmy” because of his ability to make clutch plays in the postseason. The Heat did lose veteran guard Gabe Vincent to the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as Max Strus to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

However, Tyler Herro will be back from injury to start the season. Herro broke his hand in Game 1 of the playoffs last season. His presence was greatly missed during the postseason run, but he will be back as a key contributor this season. A new addition for the Heat this season is Jaime Jaquez Jr. He was the eighteenth overall pick in the draft, as well as the PAC-12 Player of the Year and a second team All-American. He will look to become a contributor for the Heat this season as he makes his NBA debut Wednesday.

NBA star Damian Lillard made headlines in the offseason. The seven-time all-star requested a trade from his longtime team, the Portland Trailblazers, and had his sights set on the Heat. Lillard had vocalized that Butler was one of the main reasons he wanted to join Miami. Unfortunately for the Heat, the Trailblazers sent him to the Milwaukee Bucks, one of the major threats in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit Pistons

The Heat’s Wednesday night opponent, the Detroit Pistons, ended last season with the worst record in the NBA, 17-65. The Pistons have a new head coach in Monty Williams. Williams was fired from the Phoenix Suns after they lost to the eventual NBA Champions, Denver Nuggets last season. The Pistons have hope that their new coach will help turn things around this season.

Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons

The Pistons and Heat will tip-off at 7:30 pm on Wednesday night. Miami has high expectations for this season and will look to start the season off strong on Wednesday night in search for their first NBA title since 2013.

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