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New-look Magic set to open 2016-17 season vs. Heat

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With the Orlando Magic set to open the NBA season on Wednesday, fans have two basic questions; are they better than last year and if so, can they make the playoffs? The Miami Heat is the perfect opponent to gauge both short-term and long-term improvement. After Miami routed the Magic in the pre-season, the 2016-17 season begins tonight at the Amway Center at 7:00 p.m. The same questions were asked last year. Over the course of the season they were…

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Dwyane Wade holds coach’s IQ in his hands

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Whitey Herzog is one of the all-time great managers in baseball history. Based on his success with the St. Louis Cardinals, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a master manipulator, but realized his players were even more responsible for his success. When his closer, Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter, left St. Louis in 1984, Herzog assessed the situation. “I just got 25 games dumber,” he quipped. Erik Spoelstra might be in the same position very…

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LeBron James ends the debate, no one can deny his greatness now

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The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well. Best player in basketball? His name is LeBron James. This is why he went back to Cleveland, to deliver a title, to end the city’s epic championship drought and finally give Northeast Ohio what it craved for nearly 52 years. It’s done. And now he’s free. Anything that happens from here is icing atop a three-tiered championship cake for James. There’s absolutely nothing left for James to…

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Heat defeat Hornets to force Game 7

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The Miami Heat lived to play another day following their 97-90 win over Charlotte in Game 6 of their NBA astern Conference first round playoff series. The victory evened the series at three games each and forced a decisive Game 7 on Sunday at American Airlines Arena in Miami. As he had done for so many years, Dwyane Wade took charge late in the game to lead the Heat to victory. His two key three-pointers at the end kept the Hornets…

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Hornets swarm Heat, 96-80

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The Charlotte Hornets put on a second half blitz to claim a 96-80 victory over the Miami Heat in their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff series on Saturday. The win reduced the Heat’s lead in the series to 2-1. It was Charlotte’s first playoff victory in 14 years. After shooting 58 percent in both of the first two games played at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Heat were only able to connect on 34 percent of their…

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Heat check: Miami’s hot shooting buries Hornets again

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The Miami Heat continued their torrid postseason shooting and rolled to a 115-103 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Miami shot 58 percent from the field, matching their 58 percent shooting in their 123-91 Game 1 victory, also at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat scored from every angle in the first half, shooting a team record 74 percent in the first half to establish a 72-60 lead. For their part, Charlotte was…

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