The Miami Heat are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida. The Heat compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The franchise was founded in 1988 as an expansion team and won its first NBA championship in 2006. The Heat have won four conference titles and six division titles since joining the league. The team plays its home games at American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. The Heat have featured many recognizable players throughout their history, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Hardaway and Ray Allen. The team has had several successful seasons, including winning the NBA championship in 2012 and 2013. The Heat also hold the NBA record for the longest winning streak in league history, having won 27 consecutive games during the 2012–13 season. In recent news, the Heat signed Jimmy Butler in the summer of 2019 and acquired Andre Iguodala in February 2020. The team also hired a new head coach, Erik Spoelstra, in 2008. The Heat have had a successful 2020–21 season, as they clinched a playoff berth and currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Bucks forward Khris Middleton had a surgical procedure on his right knee after Milwaukee was upset in the first round by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat, sources told ESPN on Thursday, confirming news first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Following Wednesday’s 109-94 Game 3 NBA Finals road win vs. the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon applauded rookie Christian Braun’s maturity as a player (15 points/4 rebounds/1 assist/1 steal/7-8 FG/1-1 FT).