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PLEASE SEE THE LAST POST FOR MY DOLPHINS POST. HERE'S A HEAT SCHEDULE STORY:

 

So much for the perks of winning a second consecutive NBA championship: The Heat will not get to spend either Thanksgiving or Christmas at home.

As expected, the NBA announced Tuesday, without explanation, that it is sending Miami on the road to play the Lakers at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas in Los Angeles --- the start of a four-game road trip that also takes the Heat to Sacramento, Portland and Denver.

And Miami will spend Thanksgiving in Ohio or Canada, with a game at Cleveland the day before the holiday (Nov. 27) and a game at Toronto the day after (Nov. 29).

"The schedule I got said that we are on the road for XMas and Turkey Day," Shane Battier tweeted. "I think I received a bad copy."

The Heat will receive its championship rings at its Oct. 29 opener, against visiting Chicago. Miami then travels to Philadelphia to play Oct. 30, then goes to Brooklyn for an ESPN game on Nov. 1.

The Heat will play every Western Conference team twice and every Eastern Conference team four times except Boston, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Philadelphia. They play three games against those four teams, with the Cavaliers and 76ers making only one appearance in South Florida.

The Heat will play six of its first nine games at home and will close the season with six of its final nine at home.

 The Heat has the maximum 25 national TV appearances – six on ABC, 10 on ESPN and nine on TNT.

The ABC games, besides the Christmas date, are Jan. 26 against San Antonio, Feb. 23 against Chicago, March 9 at Chicago, March 16 against Houston and April 6 against New York.

Other highlights:

### The Heat has six road games in a row on two occasions: a January trip in which Miami travels to New York and Brooklyn, then gets four days off, then goes to Washington, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Atlanta. There’s a six-game trip in February to the Clippers, Utah, Phoenix, Golden State, Dallas and Oklahoma City.

### The Heat plays 17 sets of back to back games, one more than last season. Seven of those feature two road games in a row. Like last season, the Heat will not play home games on consecutive nights.

### The Heat has two five-game homestands: Dec. 14-23 and March 31-April 8.

### This will mark the 18th time in 26 seasons that the Heat has opened at home. It also marks the 10th time that Miami has played on Christmas; the Heat is 4-0 against the Lakers that day. Over the past 10 seasons, the defending champion has played on Christmas eight times -- five at home, three on the road.

### The Heat and Dolphins don't play a home game on the same day and have no direct time conflicts. The Heat and Panthers have 10 direct conflicts. There could be conflicts between one or two Heat and UM football home games, depending on whether UM's games Nov. 9 against Virginia Tech and Nov. 23 against Virginia are scheduled as night games.

### With the Heat playing at the Knicks on Feb. 1, Heat players might try to convince Erik Spoelstra to let them stay in the New York area to attend the Feb. 2 Super Bowl. The Heat hosts Detroit Feb. 3.

### Partial season plans go on sale Aug. 19 and individual tickets on Sept. 13.

            OCTOBER

           Tues.29              CHICAGO                      8:00 PM  TNT  

           Wed.30            @ Philadelphia               7:00 PM   SUN

 

          NOVEMBER

1              Fri.               @ Brooklyn                    8:00 PM    SUN/ESPN

3              Sun.             WASHINGTON              6:00 PM    SUN

5              Tues.           @ Toronto                     7:00 PM    SUN

7              Thurs.          L.A. CLIPPERS              7:00 PM    TNT            

9              Sat.              BOSTON                        7:30 PM    SUN

12            Tues.           MILWAUKEE                 7:30 PM    SUN

15            Fri.               DALLAS                         7:30 PM    SUN           

16            Sat.              @ Charlotte                   7:00 PM    SUN

19            Tues.           ATLANTA                      7:30 PM    SUN

20            Wed.            @ Orlando                     7:00 PM    SUN

23            Sat.              ORLANDO                     7:30 PM    SUN           

25            Mon.            PHOENIX                       7:30 PM    SUN

27            Wed.            @ Cleveland                  7:30 PM    SUN/ESPN

29            Fri.               @ Toronto                     7:00 PM    SUN

 

DECEMBER

1              Sun.             CHARLOTTE                 6:00 PM    SUN

3              Tues.           DETROIT                       7:30 PM    SUN

5              Thurs.          @ Chicago                     9:30 PM    SUN/TNT   

7              Sat.              @ Minnesota                  8:00 PM    SUN

8              Sun.             @ Detroit                       6:00 PM    SUN

10            Tues.           @ Indiana                      7:00 PM    SUN           

14            Sat.              CLEVELAND                 7:30 PM    SUN

16            Mon.            UTAH                             7:30 PM    SUN

18            Wed.            INDIANA                        7:00 PM    SUN/ESPN

20            Fri.               SACRAMENTO             7:30 PM    SUN

23            Mon.            ATLANTA                      7:30 PM    SUN

25            Wed.            @ L.A. Lakers                5:00 PM    ABC

27            Fri.               @ Sacramento             10:00 PM    SUN

28            Sat.              @ Portland                   10:00 PM    SUN

30            Mon.            @ Denver                      9:00 PM    SUN

 

JANUARY

2              Thurs.          GOLDEN STATE           7:30 PM    SUN

4              Sat.              @ Orlando                     7:00 PM    SUN

5              Sun.             TORONTO                     6:00 PM    SUN

7              Tues.           NEW ORLEANS            7:30 PM    SUN

9              Thurs.          @ New York                  8:00 PM    TNT            

10            Fri.               @ Brooklyn                    8:00 PM    SUN/ESPN

15            Wed.            @ Washington               7:00 PM    SUN

17            Fri.               @ Philadelphia               7:00 PM    SUN

18            Sat.              @ Charlotte                   7:00 PM    SUN

20            Mon.            @ Atlanta                       5:30 PM    SUN

21            Tues.           BOSTON                        7:30 PM    SUN

23            Thurs.          L.A. LAKERS                 8:00 PM    TNT

26            Sun.             SAN ANTONIO              1:00 PM    ABC

29            Wed.            OKLAHOMA CITY         7:00 PM    SUN/ESPN

 

FEBRUARY

1              Sat.              @ New York                  8:30 PM    SUN/ESPN

3              Mon.            DETROIT                       7:30 PM    SUN

5              Wed.            @ L.A. Clippers            10:30 PM    SUN/ESPN 

8              Sat.              @ Utah                          9:00 PM    SUN

11            Tues.           @ Phoenix                     9:00 PM    SUN

12            Wed.            @ Golden State           10:30 PM    SUN/NBA TV

18            Tues.           @ Dallas                        8:30 PM    SUN

20            Thurs.          @ Oklahoma City           8:00 PM    TNT            

23            Sun.             CHICAGO                      3:30 PM    ABC

27            Thurs.          NEW YORK                   8:00 PM    TNT

 

MARCH

1              Sat.              ORLANDO                     7:30 PM    SUN

3              Mon.            CHARLOTTE                 7:30 PM    SUN

4              Tues.           @ Houston                     8:00 PM    SUN

6              Thurs.          @ San Antonio               8:00 PM    SUN/TNT   

9              Sun.             @ Chicago                     1:00 PM    ABC            

10            Mon.            WASHINGTON              7:30 PM    SUN

12            Wed.            BROOKLYN                   7:00 PM    SUN/ESPN

14            Fri.               DENVER                        7:30 PM    SUN

16            Sun.             HOUSTON                     3:30 PM    ABC            

18            Tues.           @ Cleveland                  7:00 PM    SUN

19            Wed.            @ Boston                       7:30 PM    SUN

21            Fri.               MEMPHIS                      7:30 PM    SUN           

22            Sat.              @ New Orleans             8:00 PM    SUN

24            Mon.            PORTLAND                   7:30 PM    SUN

26            Wed.            @ Indiana                      8:00 PM    SUN/ESPN

28            Fri.               @ Detroit                       7:30 PM    SUN

29            Sat.              @ Milwaukee                 8:30 PM    SUN

31            Mon.            TORONTO                     7:30 PM    SUN

 

APRIL

2              Wed.            MILWAUKEE                 7:30 PM    SUN

4              Fri.               MINNESOTA                 7:30 PM    SUN

6              Sun.             NEW YORK                   1:00 PM    ABC            

8              Tues.           BROOKLYN                   8:00 PM    SUN/TNT

9              Wed.            @ Memphis                    8:00 PM    SUN/ESPN

11            Fri.               INDIANA                        7:30 PM    SUN/NBA TV

12            Sat.              @ Atlanta                       7:30 PM    SUN

14            Mon.            @ Washington               7:00 PM    SUN

16        Wed.            PHILADELPHIA             8:00 PM    SUN  

 

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