September 18, 2003 |
The salaries of Miami Heat employees will be cut 10 percent this season, a reduction that excludes the players but includes team president and coach Pat Riley. The reductions will allow the organization to avoid further layoffs. A few employees were let go after last season. Riley's annual salary is estimated at $5 million, which means his pay cut could amount to $500,000 for 2003-04. The reductions include the business operation and the management of AmericanAirlines Arena.
March 17, 2000 |
On a night when the 76ers were supposed to be killed by the absence of a guard who wasn't with them, they were buried by a guard they gave away. After the suspension of Allen Iverson, who angered the club's brass by missing yesterday's shoot-around, the Sixers were haunted by the Miami Heat's Bruce Bowen. Traded by the Sixers to Chicago in the Toni Kukoc deal last month, then released by the Bulls, Bowen had been picked off waivers by Miami. Last night, the Sixers looked misguided for letting him go. Bowen scored all 16 of his points in the second half, including two pivotal three-pointers in the fourth quarter, to lift the Heat to a 92-77 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena.
March 25, 2011 |
MIAMI - It felt like a playoff. Miami on a Friday night, a couple of tennis stars in attendance, a sold-out crowd at AmericanAirlines Arena, multiple technical fouls, and a down-to-the-wire finish. If the season ended today, the 76ers and the Miami Heat would meet in the NBA playoffs. And on Friday night, that looked like an evenly matched series. The Sixers led big early, led small late, but couldn't slow Miami's stars at the end. The Heat won by 111-99. The Sixers dropped to 37-35 with 10 games remaining in the regular season.
April 17, 2011 |
MIAMI - The 76ers had just lost Saturday's hard-fought Eastern Conference playoff game to the Miami Heat, and forward Thaddeus Young was the last player to leave the floor. He was greeted by coach Doug Collins, who put a fist to his power forward's chest and in one sentence said it all. "You played your ass off tonight," Collins said to Young. Never was one short sentence more true. The Sixers led by 14, trailed by 16, and got back within one before losing to the Heat, 97-89, in Game 1 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
April 21, 2011
Here is a look ahead to Thursday's matchup between the visiting Miami Heat and the 76ers. The Sixers were competitive in a 97-89 opener, leading by 14 points early in the second quarter, trailing by 16, and then getting to within 88-87 before being outscored by 9-2 down the stretch. In Monday's 94-73 loss at Miami, the Sixers trailed by as many as 28 and, after facing a 19-13 deficit after the first quarter, saw the Heat take charge with a 30-18 second period. In the two games, the Sixers have been outrebounded, 98-79.
April 17, 2011 |
MIAMI - One reason the expectations are so high for the Miami Heat is that their third-best player is a six-time all-star. Of course, Chris Bosh doesn't see himself as the third wheel on a driven team, and to the Sixers' chagrin he outshone his more celebrated teammates, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, in leading the Heat to Saturday's 97-89 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs at AmericanAirlines Arena. On a day when James and Wade totaled 38 points, or about 14 points below their combined average, the 6-foot-11 Bosh totaled 25 points and 12 rebounds in just under 40 minutes.
April 21, 2011 |
MIAMI - Not only will the 76ers have to try to get back into the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, being down two games to none to the Miami Heat, they will have to do it against the best road team in the NBA. Technically, Miami was tied as the best road team. Both the Heat and Dallas Mavericks owned the NBA's best road records at 28-13. The Heat developed a tough exterior early when they realized that uniting LeBron James and Chris Bosh with Dwyane Wade wasn't the most popular move to fans outside South Florida.
April 26, 2011 |
The Miami Heat had time off from practice on Monday, but they thought their little break would be a lot longer. After squandering a six-point lead with 1 minute, 35 seconds left and seeing the 76ers close Sunday's game on a 10-0 run in beating Miami, 86-82, the Heat will now have to endure questions about their ability to close games and, in this case, a series. Leading three games to one, the Heat get their second chance at finishing off the Sixers in Wednesday's Game 5 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
April 27, 2011 |
MIAMI - The 76ers did everything they could. They attacked the rim, they rebounded, they scrambled, they defended, and they double-teamed on defense. But the Miami Heat, well, they just barely squeezed it out. And now the Sixers' season - a very good season, a very surprising turnaround season - is over. It ended at AmericanAirlines Arena, where the Heat defeated the Sixers, 97-91, in Game 5 Wednesday night. Miami won this opening-round, best-of-seven series, four games to one. The Heat advances to play the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
April 18, 2011 |
MIAMI - Lou Williams and Doug Collins were lounging on the pricey sideline seats of AmericanAirlines Arena. The 76ers' off-day practice in Miami had just ended and Collins walked over to join his combination guard, the player he has said is "the voice" of this team. You could have imagined any number of conversation topics between player and coach: How was Lou's hamstring feeling? Should they approach Monday's game any differently in terms of minutes played or plays designed for Williams?