Miami Heat Introduce Ray Allen

Heat, Ray Allen to open season against Boston Celtics


This is going to be fun. The Miami Heat are going to get their rings and raise their banner on Oct. 30 in their home opener against the Boston Celtics. Then the Heat — with former Celtic Ray Allen on the roster — will open their title defense against the team they faced in the Eastern Conference finals.

The full NBA schedule will come out later this week but Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel got a sneak peak at some of the early games.

After their home opener the Heat will catch a plane for a Nov. 2 game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The NBA final rematch with the Oklahoma City Thunder comes on Christmas Day in Miami. Winderman has more.

The Heat is scheduled for only one visit to Brooklyn to face the Brooklyn Nets, on Jan 30. In addition, the Sun Sentinel has learned the Heat will play Jan. 17 at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers, and then host the Lakers for their lone visit South Florida visit on Feb. 10.

Few champions are used to having a target on their back all season like the Heat, but it will be interesting to see how the team approaches the regular season.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.