The [Heat] is on! And it has truly been must-watch basketball this season of your Miami Heat.
Heat star Jimmy Butler has said repeatedly and continues to say that he wants opposing teams to “hate” the Heat. And he wants teams to dread coming into the Heat’s house.
Coach Eric Spoelstra has echoed that sentiment stating that he wants to create a place that is not easy for teams to come into to play.
They both may just be getting their wish.
As of this writing, the team is 17-6 overall and a perfect 10-0 at home.
Most of the team’s wins have come via a blowout or sometimes taking it to an overtime shootout.
The Heat is looking like a legitimate contender in the East with a projection of 50 to 60 wins this season. And with each notch in the win column, the team is inching its way up in the Eastern Conference standings.
Along with its winning ways, the Miami Heat has definitely brought the excitement back to AmericanAirlines Arena.
I previously suggested that you better get your popcorn and champagne ready.
Although he was not the target audience for this suggestion, Heat guard, Dion Waiters must have read my column and took my advice.
Fresh off suspension and rejoining the team, Waiters was recently spotted sitting on the bench enjoying himself some popcorn while the Heat took on the Toronto Raptors.
Waiters with all of shenanigans and suspensions, along with the outstanding performances by the rookies (Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson) may find himself remaining on the bench watching the action. In which case, enjoy the show and eat all the popcorn you want, Waiters.
The rookies of late have been taking turns having big games. Butler continues being the force when needed, having just recently posted his second triple double with his new team.
The NBA universe has been put on notice that the Heat is for real.
The team has leveled up its NBA profile, so much so that the NBA recently announced four changes on the Heat’s schedule regarding national television.
Don’t be late.
Starting with the game against LeBron James and Anthony Davis’ Lakers who are coming to town on Friday, the time has changed. The start time of that matchup has been moved up from an 8 p.m. start time to a 7 p.m. start time.
Also, the Heat’s Dec. 18 game against the Philadelphia 76ers tip-off has been moved up from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate ESPN.
On the national stage, the team will get a chance to showcase their skills, the chemistry and culture and hard work.
Along with South Florida’s year-round great weather, no state income tax and a great team leader and talent to play alongside in Jimmy Buckets, Miami will fast be placing itself back on the radar as a top free-agent destination.
The acquisition of Butler (when there was no cap-space) by Pat Riley showed us once again why he is known as the godfather—bringing the Miami Heat franchise back to relevancy.
Butler has infused such a new energy into this franchise and renewed the culture (the franchise’s identity) that the fans are once again flocking to the arena.
He has the personality and the play that makes us want to watch.
Butler who wears No. 22, had this declaration via his Instagram, “22 games in. I love you Miami.”
And I don’t think I would be wrong in guessing that Miami fans love him right back.
The [Heat] is on. Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho, tell me can you feel it.