Description: Heat guard Goran Dragic took just 10 shots but had 21 points in the victory over the Lakers on Wednesday.
Insight: Dragic was 6-of-10 from the field and 8-for-8 at the line. He also had six assists, four rebounds, three steals and a block. Dragic has scored more than 20 points in four of the seven games he has played with the Heat.
Description: Heat guard Goran Dragic played well in just 15 minutes of action on Monday night.
Insight: He took a hard foul in the third quarter from Markieff Morris, but still went 5-of-9 from the field, 9-of-9 from the line, and 2-of-2 from downtown. Dragic finished with 21 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one turnover. Seldom used Tyler Johnson went 10-of-13 from the floor for a team-high 26 points.
Description: Heat center Hassan Whiteside grabbed 24 rebounds in the loss to Atlanta on Saturday.
Insight: Whiteside took full advantage of Miami's thin frontcourt and Atlanta resting Al Horford. Whiteside grabbed 16 defensive rebounds and eight offensive. He was also 6-of-8 from the field on his way to 14 points.
Description: Heat forward Luol Deng led the team in scoring with 29 points as Miami defeated Philadelphia, 119-108, on Monday.
Insight: Deng hit 4-of-5 3-pointers and shot an incredible 11-for-14 from the field overall. Deng should continue to see more shot opportunities without Chris Bosh in the lineup, but don't expect him to have this kind of shooting night again.
Description: Heat guard Goran Dragic played much better in his second game with Miami than his first.
Insight: Dragic finished with just 12 points on Saturday in his Heat debut, but he scored 23 points with 10 assists in his second game on Monday. Dragic was 9-of-14 from the field with two 3-pointers, two rebounds and two steals as well.
Description: Heat guard Goran Dragic had a rough team debut on Saturday night.
Insight: He went just 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line for 12 points, three rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer, one steal, and one turnover during Saturday's loss. Look for Dragic to be much more effective, as he gets acclimated to his new team.
Description: Not only did guard Mario Chalmers lead Miami in scoring on Saturday night, but he also played a team-high 37 minutes off the bench.
Insight: This is seems like it will be a bit of an anomaly, as he scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field (4-of-4 from the line). Goran Dragic will continue to start at point guard, but Chalmers looks like he will get steady minutes.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers will come off the bench for Miami.
Insight: With Goran Dragic starting in his first game with the Heat, Chalmers will move to a reserve role. He is the 133rd-ranked player in Yahoo standard leagues, and will probably see a decline in value. However, be aware that he will likely start in games Dwyane Wade does not play, and will undoubtedly see minutes off the bench.
Description: The Miami Heat have announced that forward Chris Bosh (blood clot in lung) will miss the remainder of the season.
Insight: At this point, there is much more for Bosh to worry about other than basketball, and we wish him the absolute best. In the meantime, Hassan Whiteside will see an even bigger role, and do not be surprised if Miami brings Andray Blatch into the fold.
Description: Miami forward Udonis Haslem had 13 points, five rebounds and two assists versus the Knicks on Friday.
Insight: The Heat starters shared the wealth extremely well as every starter had either 12 or 13 points. Haslem was making just his third start of the season, and this was clearly his best game. The weak opponent could have had something to do with that. Even still, Haslem will begin to get looks in standard leagues if Chris Bosh is indeed out for the season. Haslem still has a lot of work to do to reach Bosh's numbers, but his line Friday is promising.
Description: Miami forward Udonis Haslem will start in place of the injured Chris Bosh on Friday versus the Knicks.
Insight: Bosh is out with a blood clot in his lung and could miss the rest of the season. Haslem hasn't been in good in his two starts this season, 3.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, but he has a nice matchup versus New York. Still, owners will have to be pretty desperate to roll with him.
Description: According to Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald, Heat forward Chris Bosh has been diagnosed with a blood clot in both of his lungs.
Insight: If true, Bosh could be out for the remainder of the season or longer. The Heat lineup is going to look completely different Friday night in New York without Bosh and the addition of Goran Dragic plus the return of Dwyane Wade.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade should be upgraded to probable for Friday's game against New York (strained right hamstring).
Insight: Wade made it through both the Wednesday and Thursday practices, so its looking good. He is averaging 21.4 ppg, 5.4 apg and 3.8 rpg when he plays. Shabazz Napier and Norris Cole will lose their limited fantasy value once he returns to the court.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade is questionable for Friday's game against New York due to his strained right hamstring.
Insight: Wade made it through the entire Wednesday practice, so its looking good. He is averaging 21.4 ppg, 5.4 apg and 3.8 rpg when he plays. Shabazz Napier and Norris Cole will lose their limited fantasy value once he returns to the court.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh did not practice on Wednesday due to illness according to the team's twitter page.
Insight: Bosh is considered day-to-day, so he is questionable for Friday's game versus the Knicks. Owners will be hoping Bosh can play as he scored 32 points versus the Knicks last Tuesday before the break.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Wednesday that he will return to the court on Feb. 20 versus the Knicks.
Insight: Wade is averaging 21.4 ppg, 5.4 apg and 3.8 rpg this season. The Miami Heat have definitely missed him and will welcome him back once he's ready. Shabazz Napier and Norris Cole will lose their limited fantasy value once that happens.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers came on strong in the second half, finishing with 18 points in the victory over the Knicks on Monday.
Insight: Chalmers scored 10 of those 18 points and hit two 3-pointers in the second half. He also had six assists and five rebounds. As long as Dwyane Wade is out, Chalmers has the potential for these types of nights although Wade is practicing and could return as early as Wednesday.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will not play on Monday versus the Knicks due to his hamstring injury.
Insight: This will be the sixth straight game Wade is out with this injury. Miami signed Tyler Johnson for the rest of the season, so that speaks volumes to the faith the team has in Wade returning to full strength.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (right hamstring strain) got in a limited practice on Sunday, but don't expect him to be ready to go.
Insight: Wade is likely in the middle of a 2-3 week absence and a non-contact practice while headed in the right direction doesn't mean he's ready to play. Shabazz Napier and Mario Chalmers is the likely backcourt.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (right hamstring strain) got in a limited practice on Sunday, but don't expect him to be ready to go.
Insight: Wade is likely in the middle of a 2-3 week absence and a non-contact practice while headed in the right direction doesn't mean he's ready to play. Shabazz Napier and Mario Chalmers is the likely backcourt.
Description: Heat center Hassan Whiteside has been one of the hottest players over the past week, but he's doubtful for Friday's game due to reaggravating his sprained ankle, according to head coach Erik Spoelstra.
Insight: That's a huge blow for fantasy owners who just picked himup and were enjoys great success. Whiteside is averaging 16.8 ppg and 15.3 rpg over his last six games.
Description: Heat center Hassan Whiteside's legend continued on Wednesday night.
Insight: He went a ridiculous 12-of-13 from the field for 24 points, 20 boards, three steals, two blocks, and four turnovers. Imagine if Whiteside was available during last season's NBA Finals for Miami.
Description: Tyler Johnson had a great all-around game, coming off the bench for the Heat versus the Celtics on Sunday.
Insight: Johnson was 4-of-9 from the field on his way to 13 points. He also had nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 27 minutes. All those numbers are career-highs. If Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng miss a lot more time, Johnson will see more of the floor, but we'd like to see a larger sample size before picking him up.
Description: Heat center Hassan Whiteside posted an impressive another impressive double-double in the loss on Friday.
Insight: Whiteside hasn't produced his block magic again he had last Sunday, but he had 16 points and 24 rebounds versus the Mavericks on Friday. He was 7-of-11 from the field. Give Whiteside a serious look in standard leagues.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers was very efficient on Tuesday night.
Insight: He went 6-of-9 from the field and 8-of-12 from the field for 21 points, eight assists, two rebounds, one 3-pointer, one block, and one turnover. Chalmers is ranked outside the top 100 in standard leagues.
Description: Heat center Hassan Whiteside posted an impressive double-double during Tuesday's loss against the Bucks.
Insight: He had 16 points and 16 boards, and shot 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. Whiteside's value is slightly limited, due to him not being a full-time starter, but he is still worth owning in all leagues.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade left Tuesday's game with a right hamstring strain according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Wade has been dealing with these hamstring problems for a long time now, so owners should not be surprised by the news. This is a big problem for the Heat, who do not have a true backup shooting guard. Wade had 12 points, four assists, two steals and a rebound before his departure.
Description: Heat center Hassan Whiteside is going to start on Tuesday versus the Bucks.
Insight: Whiteside had a massive game on Sunday where he had 14 points, 13 rebounds and a franchise record 12 blocks, so the Heat are riding the hot hand. He has another favorable matchup versus the Bucks on Tuesday.
Description: Heat forward Luol Deng is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee due to a sore left calf.
Insight: Deng missed the morning shootaround and will be a game-time decision at best. Too bad as he's played well in his last two games, including a 15-point, 10 rebound game versus Chicago on Sunday. Danny Granger would see more time if Deng is a no-go.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh had 20 points and seven rebounds in the, 96-84, victory over the Bulls on Sunday.
Insight: Bosh was 9-of-20 shooting and unfortunately missed all four of his 3-point attempts. He did also have three assists and a steal. Bosh is averaging 21.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg while shooting 47.0 percent from the field this season.
Description: Heat center Hassan Whiteside had a monster game on Sunday.
Insight: That might even be an understatement. Whiteside came off the bench and had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks. His 12 blocks is a franchise record for a single game. This was Whiteside's first game back after sitting out two games, but it's safe to say he is healthy now.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh exploded for 30 points again on Friday versus the Kings.
Insight: Bosh was 11-for-20 from the field, going 3-for-3 from the 3-point line and 5-for-6 at the foul line. He also had seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. Now completely healthy, Bosh is a top option at center again.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh exploded for 34 points on Sunday versus the Clippers.
Insight: The Heat really took advantage of their advantage inside as Miami's centers scored a combined 57 points in the game. Bosh was 13-of-20 with seven rebounds and two assists. Bosh is a great option at forward for fantasy owners.
Description: Heat forward Luol Deng had a rare off night shooting, going just 3-of-11 against Portland.
Insight: Deng is shooting 50 percent on the season, but perhaps all the trade rumors have effected his shot over the past couple of games. He's averaging 14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg, but his fantasy value could change with a new team.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade led the team in scoring again even though Chris Bosh is back in the lineup.
Insight: Perhaps Wade will carry the load a little bit more since he proved he could when Bosh was sidelined. It hasn't led to many Miami victories, however, and they lost to Indiana on Wednesday. Wade was 9-of-20 with 20 points, seven assists, three blocks, two rebounds and two steals.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his return to the court on Monday.
Insight: Bosh played for the first time in over two weeks as he missed eight games with a calf strain. Good thing Ndamukong Suh didn't step on it to make it worse. Bosh should be properly placed back into fantasy lineups if he hasn't already been.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade continued his hot streak, scoring 25 points against the Grizzlies on Saturday.
Insight: Wade has taken it upon himself to carry the Heat since Chris Bosh went down with his injury. Since then, Wade is averaging 27.7 ppg and in his last five games, Wade is shooting 47.8 percent from the field. As long as Wade is healthy and Bosh is sidelined, Wade is a must-start.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh is dealing with a calf injury but had hoped to be back for the Christmas Day game against his old pal LeBron James, but missed that and apparently Saturday too, according to beat writer Tim Reynolds.
Insight: He's been a great fantasy asset to date, averaging 21.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg and unfortunately, there is no one person to pick up the slack. Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem get his minutes with Anderson being a low-end possibility.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade led Miami with 31 points in a win over Cleveland and his old friend LeBron James.
Insight: Wade shot very well in the first half when he posted 24 points, but struggled with his shot after the break. Fortunately, Luol Deng picked up the slack. Wade added five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh is dealing with a calf injury but had hoped to be back for the Christmas Day game against his old pal LeBron James.
Insight: He's been a great fantasy asset to date, averaging 21.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg and unfortunately, there is no one person to pick up the slack. Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem get his minutes.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade led Miami with 23 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Miami fell to the lowly 76ers. Without Chris Bosh, Miami has really struggled but for fantasy owners, Wade has put up decent numbers. In addition to the scoring, Wade had six assists and five rebounds.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade scored a team-high 28 points during Friday's loss versus Washington.
Insight: He has been fantastic this season. Wade also had eight assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal, and five turnovers. Expect big nights for the foreseeable future, with Chris Bosh sidelined.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade had a monster scoring night.
Insight: Wade accounted for nearly half the Heat's scoring with 42 points. Wade was 12-of-19 from the field, hit two 3-pointers and made an incredible 16-of-21 free throws. He didn't do much else, four rebounds and three assists, but fantasy owners will obviously take the scoring. Unfortunately for Miami, they lost 105-87, against Utah. Wade could be in for more big scoring nights as long as Chris Bosh is out.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade came up big during Tuesday's win over the Nets.
Insight: Wade went 12-of-24 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line for 28 points, five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers. As long as Chris Bosh is sidelined, Wade should have the chance to put up big numbers.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade is questionable for Tuesday's game against Brooklyn due to flu-like symptoms and missed the morning shootaround.
Insight: That doesn't bode well for fantasy owners. Wade has solid averages this season (21.1 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.6 rpg, 1.0 spg), and if he can get healthy with Chris Bosh out of the lineup, Wade's scoring won't be limited.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh is dealing with a calf injury that will sideline him indefinitely.
Insight: it could be a day-to-day thing or a week-to-week injury, we don't know. He's been a great fantasy asset to date, averaging 21.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg and there is no one person to pick up the slack.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade went 10-of-16 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line during Friday's victory against the Jazz.
Insight: He finished with a team-high 29 points and seven assists, along with chipping in three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block, and three turnovers. Wade has solid averages this season (21.3 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.5 rpg, 1.1 spg), and if he can stay healthy, those numbers should remain intact.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade missed the morning shootaround and must be considered doubtful for Thursday's game.
Insight: The shooting guard is averaging 19.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg, and 4.7 apg. Mario Chalmers gets the bulk of the minutes if Wade can't go. Chalmers averages 17.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.5 apg in eight starts this season making him a viable option with Wade out fo the lineup.
Description: Heat power forward Josh McRoberts is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: McRoberts has played his best two games of the season in the last week, so it would be ashame if he can't go. McRoberts is dealing with a bruise on his knee. He is shooting 76.9 percent with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds over the last two games.
Description: Heat forward Luol Deng fell hard during Wednesday's game versus the Hawks, injured his hand and did not play Friday night, but practiced Saturday and is probable for Sunday versus Memphis.
Insight: Deng is averaging 13.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg and plays more than 31 minutes a night which isn't up to his Chicago Bulls level, but still worthy of consideration.
Description: Heat forward Luol Deng fell hard during Wednesday's game versus the Hawks, injured his hand and will not play Friday night against Milwaukee.
Insight: Deng is averaging 13.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg and plays more than 31 minutes a night. There could be a lot of minutes available as Danny Granger is also questionable. James Ennis could reap the benefits.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade shot 9-of-13 from the field for 20 points during Monday's loss to Washington.
Insight: After scoring 27 points on Sunday, Wade followed up with a second consecutive 20-point outing. However, he did not do much of anything else, recording three rebounds, one steal, and two turnovers.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers scored a team-high 22 points Monday against the Nets.
Insight: He has started the past two games due to Dwyane Wade's injury, but do not be surprised if Chalmers starts over Norris Cole when Wade returns. He was 5-of-12 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the line with five assists, two rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, and three turnovers in 34 minutes of action.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will not play on Monday against the Nets.
Insight: Wade was not expected to play Monday and could miss more games. Mario Chalmers has been great the past two games, so he should be in all starting lineups, and Shabazz Napier should get some consideration as long as Wade is sidelined.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade has missed the past two games and is doubtful for Monday, though he did travel with the team to Brooklyn.
Insight: It appeared to be a minor problem, but a similar injury forced him to sit for nine games last season. He's averaging 19.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.4 apg and the Heat don't have any replacement that can post those types of numbers. Mario Chalmers started Sunday.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade is questionable for Sunday's game against Milwaukee due to tightness in his left hamstring.
Insight: It appeared to be a minor problem, but it kept him out of Friday's game, so as always, he's a game-time decision. He's scored 20 or more in four straight games, so if he plays he should be in all lineups ... if he plays.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers played his best game of the season during Friday's loss to Atlanta.
Insight: He was 7-of-11 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line for 23 points off the bench. Chalmers also played 40 minutes and had 11 assists, one rebound, and three turnovers. Do not be surprised if he is starting next game.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade scored a team-high 20 points in Wednesday's loss to Indiana.
Insight: He was 8-of-16 from the floor, but only 3-of-7 from the line. Wade also had four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and one turnover. More importantly, he has looked healthy this season.
Description: Heat shooting guard Danny Granger is questionable for Tuesday's game against Houston.
Insight: Luol Deng is a "minutes hog" and should keep Granger on the bench for long stretches. Granger has yet to play this season. He has been in steep decline for a few years now and has little fantasy value.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh continued his great start to the season with 30 points on Saturday.
Insight: Bosh made 9-of-17 field goals, including two 3-pointers, and 10-of-11 from the line. He added eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. He seems to be relishing in the opportunity to be "the man" in Miami.
Description: Heat power forward Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) practiced in full during Friday's session.
Insight: He is getting close to game-action, and will have a chance to suit up Saturday in Philadelphia. McRoberts will provide owners with some three-pointers, rebounds, and a solid field goal percenatge, during the season.
Description: Heat guard Norris Cole was huge in his opener - 23 points, three rebounds, two assists.
Insight: It will be interesting to see if he can do it on a consistent basis or if this was just opening night enthusiasm. The Heat have a number of options should he falter in Shabazz Napier and Mario Chalmers so Cole is still a risky option.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade hit some big shots down the stretch, and helped Miami beat Washington in the season opener.
Insight: He shot 8-of-16 for 21 points, made two 3-pointers, and had two steals. Owners need to be aware that Wade will probably not suit up every game, but if he posts numbers like tonight's, then he will be in line for a nice season.
Description: Heat power forward Josh McRoberts is capable of putting up solid fantasy numbers this season.
Insight: McRoberts signed with Miami to be a rotational support player behind LeBron James, so now he will see more chances. He could average 12 PPG, 3.5 APG, 7.5 RPG, and over one 3-pointer per game this season.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh is due for a big season with the Heat.
Insight: Bosh was a fantasy stud with Toronto five years ago but was the third-option when he arrived in Miami. Now he is the No. 1 guy again with better peices than he had with the Raptors. Bosh is only 30 and is fresher than most 30-year-olds due to his lack of use the last half decade.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers will be motivated to play well this season since he is in a contract year.
Insight: Chalmers could set career highs in 3-pointers, assists and steals without LeBron James on the roster, but his ceiling is lower than ever with Dwyane Wade, Shabazz Napier and Norris Cole all in the back court.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade has more miles on his body than a traditional 33-year old.
Insight: Wade will turn 33 this season, and he has logged 26,331 minutes in his career. Wade said he would like to play in at least 75 games this season, but he has only reached that total five times in his 11-year career. Wade will be a solid fantasy contributor this season, but don't grab him in the second round thinking you are getting the future Hall-of-Fame version of Wade.
Description: Heat guard Norris Cole is no better than a backup fantasy player for this upcoming season.
Insight: Cole will have a hard time receiving minutes with veteran Mario Chalmers and rookie first-round pick Shabazz Napier ready to crack the starting lineup. Oh, and Miami still has that Dwayne Wade guy. Cole might be more valuable if, or rather when, Wade goes down with an injury.
Description: Ray Allen will likely wait until January or even the All-Star Break to sign with a team according to NBC Sports.
Insight: It sounds like Allen is pulling a Roger Clemens, waiting until halfway through the season to see which teams are ready to make a playoff run and where he would fit the best. That's great for Allen, but it makes him fantasy irrelevant.
Description: Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has signed a deal to stay with Miami.
Insight: A healthy Wade would be a fantasy stud with LeBron James back home in Cleveland, but fantasy owners will have to weight what a "part-time" Wade is worth. He's likely to continue the strategy of not playing any back-to-back games to save his gimpy knees.
Description: Mario Chalmers tweeted that he has agreed to re-sign with the Heat.
Insight: Chalmers averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 threes last season. Chalmers could have a larger ball-handling role in 2014-15 now that LeBron James is gone. Of course, he also may lose the starting point guard job to rookie Shabazz Napier.
Description: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Chris Bosh is finalizing a five-year, $118 million contract with the Heat.
Insight: After LeBron James announced he was going back to the Cavaliers on Friday, Bosh was expected to sign with the Rockets, but the Heat were able to give him an extra $32 million. With James gone, Bosh will handle a much larger offensive workload than he did in the past few years.
Description: The Heat have agreed to a reported four-year contract with power forward Josh McRoberts, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Insight: Charlotte drafted Cody Zeller fourth overall last season but then started McRoberts 78 games. McRoberts contributed 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 threes, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks while averaging 30.3 minutes per game. He could end up starting at the four for Miami, but who his teammates will be is up in the air.
Description: LeBron James' agent has informed the Heat that James will opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.
Insight: Look for LeBron to handle his free agency this offseason much better than he did in 2010. The Heat, Bulls, Lakers, Rockets and Cavaliers are among the teams expected to make a serious run at signing him.
Description: Houston's top priority this offseason is to land LeBron James in free agency. SOURCE: Howard Beck, Bleacher Report
Insight: A frontcourt of James, Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard would instantly make the Rockets championship contenders. Of course, LeBron would have to opt out of his current deal with Miami to make that happen. The deadline for LeBron to opt in or out is June 30th. Though Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh seem content to stay in Miami, James has been noncommital about his future. The Cavs, Clippers and Mavericks could also make a run at James if he decides to test the open market.
Description: ESPN's Tom Haberstroh thinks the Heat should have Dwyane Wade come off the bench next season.
Insight: Of course, that's assuming Wade stays in Miami. Remember, Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh can all opt out of their contracts this summer. Haberstroh's suggestion makes plenty of sense. Miami's second unit didn't contribute very much this postseason and at age 32, it would be wise to scale back Wade's minutes. Of course, the decision is up to Erik Spoelstra, who has only used Wade as a reserve once in six seasons.
Description: Heat center Chris Andersen has decided to opt out of his contract. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: Andersen had one year remaining but now he'll become a free agent. Birdman contributed 6.6 ppg this season, his highest average since 2005. Despite opting out, we'd expect him back with the Heat next year on a new deal.
Description: A decision on Ray Allen's future should come in the next few days. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Even if Allen does play another season, it may not be with the Heat as he enters free agency. Allen had a rough game Sunday in the season finale, shooting just 1-of-8 for five points in 31 minutes of action.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James gave a strong effort in Game 5 but it wasn't enough as the Spurs won 104-87 to capture their fifth NBA title.
Insight: His teammates didn't show much this series but LeBron (31 points, ten rebounds, five assists) still averaged an incredible 28.2 ppg on 57.1 percent shooting. This loss will sting but James and the Heat should compete for a title again next year as long as the team keep its core together.
Description: Heat guard Ray Allen will start Game 5 against San Antonio on Sunday night. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Mario Chalmers, who has struggled this series, will come off the bench. We suspect LeBron James will be running the point. If the Spurs win tonight, this could be Allen's final game in the NBA. The veteran hinted at retirement earlier this week.
Description: Miami sixth man Ray Allen hinted he could retire after this season. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: Allen is still an effective long-range shooter but at age 38, he may decide he wants to spend more time with his family. When Allen does end his career, he'll retire as the the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James was the best player on the court Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: James wasn't able to finish Game 1 because of cramping but he never faltered on Sunday, scoring 35 points on 14-of-22 shooting. His assist to Chris Bosh on a corner three with 1:17 remaining sealed the win for Miami. The series is tied 1-1 heading into Tuesday's Game 3.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James led all scorers with 25 points in Game 1 of the Finals Thursday but cramped up in the fourth quarter and missed time down the stretch.
Insight: The exhaustion was likely brought on by a broken air conditioner, which caused temperatures in the arena to reach up to 90 degrees. James was given an IV after the game and left the arena under his own power so it appears he'll be ready for Game 2 on Sunday. Without James, the Spurs were able to finish the game on a 16-3 run. The Heat still haven't won a Game 1 on the road since LeBron James joined the team in 2010.
Description: Miami center Chris Andersen (thigh) is active for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: It's unclear how much he'll play after he missed Games 4 and 5 and the shootaround Friday morning. Rashard Lewis played 31 minutes and had 18 points with six threes in Game 5 and will start again.
Description: Chris Bosh is willing to take a paycut if it keeps him in Miami next season. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James can all opt out of their contracts this summer. There's been some buzz about James possibly leaving Miami for his hometown Cavaliers but ultimately we'd expect all three to return to South Beach next season.
Description: Heat shooting guard Ray Allen is active for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Pacers. SOURCE: Barry Jackson, Miami Herald
Insight: Allen tweaked his hip in Game 4 but was given the go ahead after making it through his usual pre-game routine without any issues. He's averaged 10 ppg on 40.7 percent shooting for the series. Allen has been particularly effective from long range, making 44.4 percent of his shots from that distance over the last four games.
Description: Heat center Chris Andersen missed Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals due to a thigh contusion and he'll be a game-time decision for Game 5 after sitting out Wednesday's shootaround., according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Andersen suffered the injury in Game 3 when he collided with teammate Dwyane Wade. He's played 23.7 minutes per game in the series and averaged 6.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.
Description: Miami guard Ray Allen (hip) will be a game-time decision for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Allen didn't participate in the shootaround. He bruised his hip when he attempted to run through a screen in Game 4 but returned to the game. He has averaged 10 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 threes per game in the series, which the Heat lead 3-1.
Description: Heat center Chris Andersen will miss Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals due to a thigh contusion, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Andersen suffered the injury in Game 3. He's played 23.7 minutes per game in the series and averaged 6.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. Rashard Lewis and Udonis Haslem will have to pick up the slack.
Description: Ray Allen was quiet in the first three quarters but he came on strong late as the Heat won for the second time in as many games Saturday against Indiana.
Insight: Allen (16 points) didn't even attempt a three-pointer in the first 36 minutes but he made all four of his trifectas in the fourth to finish with his highest point total of the series. If Allen keeps hitting his threes, Miami is going to be tough to beat.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade blew up for 23 points in Saturday's win over the Pacers.
Insight: He's shot better than 50 percent from the field in each of his last five games while scoring 20 points or more in five of his last six. Though usually a below average three-point shooter, Wade has made three of his five attempts so far in this series.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James did it all Saturday in a win over Indiana.
Insight: The Pacers jumped out to an early 14-point lead but it was all Miami after that. James, who seems incapable of turning in a bad performance at this point, delivered 26 points, five boards, seven assists and four steals. He left briefly with a leg cramp but still logged a team-high 40 minutes. The Heat can extend its advantage Monday night in Game 4.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade had another efficient game Tuesday against the Pacers.
Insight: Wade converted ten of his 16 field goal attempts for a team-high 23 points. He's been a beast over his last three games, averaging 26 ppg on impressive 61.5 percent shooting. Erik Spoelstra's decision to rest Wade at the end of the regular season seems to be paying off.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James has pushed his scoring average up more than two points during the playoff run from 27.1 ppg to 29.5 ppg.
Insight: As James' scoring average has gone up, his assist totals have dropped from a regular season average of 6.3 apg to 4.7 apg in 10 playoff games. With Miami's season hanging in the balance, it's no surprise James has taken on more of the scoring burden.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade dropped 27 points on the Pacers Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Insight: After coasting through the first round and a half, Wade has been brilliant over his last two outings, averaging 27.5 ppg on 61.1 percent shooting. Lance Stephenson said before the series that Wade's knee wouldn't hold up but it looked just fine in Game 1. We'll see what Wade does for an encore Tuesday in Game 2.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James totaled 25 points, ten boards, five assists and three steals Sunday against the Pacers.
Insight: In terms of efficiency, it was a pretty typical outing for James, who shot 11-for-18 from the floor while commiting four turnovers. What stood out were his two free throws, the fewest James has attempted in a game since May 6th versus Brooklyn. James will need to be more aggressive on Tuesday if the Heat want to even the series.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James tied a playoff career-high with 49 points Monday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: That's the most points the Nets have ever allowed to a single player in a postseason game. LeBron had a chance for 50 but he missed his second free throw with one second left in the fourth quarter. The Heat can close out the series Wednesday in Game 5.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James had 31 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals and one block in 43 minutes Monday to help Miami complete a sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats in its first-round playoff series.
Insight: James scored at least 27 points in all four games and 30+ in each of the last three. He averaged 39.5 minutes, 30 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.3 steals.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers went through the team's walkthrough on Wednesday but remains a game-time decision tonight against Charlotte. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: The reality is, Miami doesn't need Chalmers (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg) to beat the seventh-seeded Bobcats. It might ultimately benefit the team more to have him healthy for the next round when the Heat are likely to face a much tougher opponent. Norris Cole would fill in at point guard if Chalmers sits this one out.
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers won't play Wednesday against the Sixers. SOURCE: Keith Pompey, Philly Inquirer
Insight: He's one of three Heat starters getting the night off. Chalmers (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg) hasn't averaged double-digit points since his rookie season and has never been a particularly appealing fantasy option.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will play on a minutes restriction Wednesday versus Philadelphia. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: We're not sure what that minutes restriction is, but it will probably be close to the 18 minutes he saw Monday against Washington. Wade (19.1 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg) has been in and out of the lineup for the last month because of hamstring issues.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (rest) will not play Wednesday, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: The Heat are locked into the No. 2 seed in the East and James will rest up for the postseason. With Dwyane Wade ailing for most of the season, James carried Miami with averages of 37.7 minutes, 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 77 games. He increased his field-goal percentage for the seventh consecutive season.
Description: Dwyane Wade will start for the Heat on Monday against the Wizards, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
Insight: Wade missed nine straight games due to a hamstring injury before returning Saturday. He had 24 points in just 23 minutes against the Hawks. Neither LeBron James nor Chris Bosh (rest) are playing, so Wade will get to experience what life was like before "The Decision" for one night.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James netted 38 points Sunday in a win against the Knicks.
Insight: By doing so, he became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1996-97 to score 30 or more points against the Knicks four times in the same season. At this point, the MVP race between James and Kevin Durant is a dead heat.
Description: Heat PF/C Chris Anderson (knee, back) will not play Sunday, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Knee and back injuries will ground the Birdman, who has averaged 8.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over his last 16 games. Miami will spread his minutes out to several players, including Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, Michael Beasley, Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) is doubtful for Friday as he tries to get healthy for the playoff run.
Insight: Wade is now dealing with hamstring discomfort in addition to his Achilles injury and knee problems. He's entire goal now is to be ready for the postseason so there's no reason to risk playing him in the regular season anymore. He's missed the past four games.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not play Wednesday against the Bucks, the team announced.
Insight: Wade is now dealing with hamstring discomfort in addition to his Achilles injury and knee problems. He's entire goal now is to be ready for the postseason so there's no reason to risk playing him against the team with the worst record in the NBA.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) did not play Monday and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, according to the Heat on Twitter.
Insight: Wade is now dealing with hamstring discomfort in addition to his Achilles injury and knee problems. He's entire goal now is to be ready for the postseason, so sitting out again is very likely.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers (quad) will start Monday, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: The Heat have been without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chalmers for the past couple of games, so Toney Douglas, James Jones and Norris Cole have been playing big minutes. Douglas will remain in the starting lineup Monday with Wade still out, while Jones will move back to the bench.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not play Monday against the Raptors, according to the Heat on Twitter.
Insight: Wade is now dealing with hamstring discomfort in addition to his Achilles injury and knee problems. He'll sit out for the fifth time in the last six games Monday. Toney Douglas will probably start again in his place.
Description: Miami forward Shane Battier plans to retire at the end of this season. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: Battier acknowledged that Friday would be his last game in Detroit, which of course is where he grew up. The 35-year-old never contributed much to fantasy teams (8.7 career ppg) but was always a great competitor with an excellent basketball IQ. Battier has played for three teams in his 13-year career (Memphis, Houston and Miami).
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (Achilles) will miss Friday's game, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Wade will join Ray Allen (stomach virus), Mario Chalmers (thigh) and Greg Oden (back) on the sidelines. Miami will start Toney Douglas, James Jones and Udonis Haslem along with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, though Norris Cole will also have to contribute 25+ minutes.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (Achilles) was active Wednesday against the Pacers and is expected to play Friday.
Insight: Wade managed 15 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes against the Pacers, but turned the ball over six times. With Wade, you always have to wait until just before tipoff to know if he will play.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (left Achilles strain) participated in shootaround Wednesday, according to the Heat on Twitter.
Insight: Wade missed the last two games, the first for rest and the second due to his Achilles. He'll be a game-time decision and we expect him to play after practicing fully on Tuesday and going through shootaround Wednesday.
Description: Miami SG Ray Allen is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Pacers due to a stomach virus, according to the Heat on Twitter.
Insight: Allen has been very good lately, averaging 30.6 minutes, 15.9 points and 2.6 triples per game. Norris Cole and Michael Beasley will get most of Allen's minutes, and both players will see a lot of time if Dwyane Wade (Achilles, game-time decision) also has to miss the contest.
Description: LeBron James scored the game-winning layup Monday against Portland.
Insight: The Heat forward finished with a game-high 32 points. He was able to offset his high turnover total (five) by collecting six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Overall, James has averaged 28 ppg since the All-Star break.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will start Friday's game against Memphis. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: The Heat have been known to rest their players before the playoffs so it's possible Wade could be a game-time decision for the rest of the regular season. For what it's worth, Wade has looked much better since the All-Star break, averaging 21.2 ppg over 13 appearances (18.7 ppg before the break).
Description: Heat forward LeBron James is back after missing Wednesday's game because of back spasms. SOURCE: Tom Haberstroh, ESPN
Insight: He's cooled off a bit since February (30.8 ppg in nine games) but it's still LeBron we're talking about. Even on his worst nights, James can do what few others can. Make sure he's in your lineup.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James tossed in 14-of-19 shots, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, and 9-of-13 free throws for 43 points with six rebounds, four assists, three blocks, two steals and zero turnovers in 42 minutes Tuesday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: James had scored "just" 20.7 ppg on .455 shooting since his 61-point game on March 3, which was not coincidentally the last time Dwyane Wade sat out. Wade was absent Tuesday, giving James free reign of the offense again.
Description: Heat center Greg Oden will remain in the starting lineup until further notice. SOURCE: Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated
Insight: With Oden (2.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg) at the five, Chris Bosh can return to his natural position at power forward. Oden's comeback has been one of the league's feel good stories this season. He's still not a fantasy option.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will be held out of Tuesday's game, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Toney Douglas will start.
Insight: The Cavaliers are depleted with Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng out, so the Heat can afford to rest Wade after he played the last seven games and averaged 36 mpg. The last time Wade was out, Douglas played 19 minutes, Michael Beasley played 18, Norris Cole saw 21 and Ray Allen played 30.
Description: Miami shooting guard Ray Allen has made 9-of-13 from behind the arc his last two games.
Insight: Allen scored a season-high 25 points Sunday against the Rockets, one game after reaching 20 points for the first time all season with 22 against the Nuggets. Don't get used to this type of production, Allen is averaging less than 10 ppg this season.
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh has scored 22 or more points in three of the past four games.
Insight: Bosh had 24 points, seven rebounds and two threes Wednesday against the Nets. He added the 3-point shot to his regular arsenal in January and has made 1.4 triples per game over his last 25 games.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will play Monday against Washington despite it being the second game of a back-to-back. SOURCE: Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: The Heat are back home after dropping three straight on the road to Chicago, San Antonio and Houston. Wade (19.2 ppg) averaged 37.7 mpg in those contests and should see another heavy workload on Monday.