Miami opens its preseason Tuesday with an unusually hyped game (Miami Heat vs Detriot Pistons)

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Miami opens its preseason Tuesday with an unusually hyped game (Miami Heat vs Detriot Pistons)
 

 

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MIAMI - It's a preseason game, so it doesn't count. Except, perhaps, to LeBron James.

When the Miami Heat open the preseason at home against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, it'll mark the first time James will play before 19,000 or so of his newest fans. Predictably, there's a higher-than-usual level of interest, especially after a summer where Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and James decided to team up in Miami.

Tickets were being resold for more than $250 on some online sites, even though the game isn't sold out. Two television crews are coming to broadcast the game, and even the some of the Pistons are saying they're looking forward to this exhibition more than usual.
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"We're ready to play the game," said James, the two-time reigning NBA MVP who'll don a uniform other than Cleveland's for the first time in his professional career. "We're going to let the game do a lot of the talking. We know we've got to answer a lot of questions every day from you guys, but when we get out on the court, it's all business."

So while the atmosphere may be playoff-caliber, the game will likely be anything but.

The Heat plan to use as many of their 19 available players as possible, the Pistons will likely take a similar approach, and suffice to say, neither team will likely be calling plays down the stretch like it's a Game 7.

"Get there early," Wade said. "Not planning on being on the court too long."

For home Heat preseason games in Miami two seasons ago, the announced attendances were 13,253 and 11,041. Last year, the crowds were 10,064 and 10,096.

It's unknown if all 19,600 seats will be sold by game time Tuesday, but given how the Heat distributed 13,000 tickets to the welcome party for Wade, Bosh and James in less than one hour on July 9, chances are there'll be a demand by tip-off.

"The energy coming from the crowd, their emotion, it's going to boost our energy and our emotions," Heat forward Udonis Haslem said. "But we still understand that it's a preseason game. We're not going to do everything right. We have some kinks to work out and this is the time to do it."

The hype isn't limited to those in Miami.

Some of the Pistons can't wait to see what all the fuss is about, either.

"Everybody can't wait," said guard Richard Hamilton. "I think the whole NBA, the fans, everybody's excited about what they got in Miami and they can't wait to see how those guys play together."

Pistons center Ben Wallace said he followed the summer personnel moves that some simply called LeBronathon - "How can you not pay attention?" Wallace asked - and knows it'll be a most unusual scene for a preseason game that awaits Detroit on Tuesday.

"Of course, some guys are going to go in there and try to make a statement," Wallace said. "That's the nature of the business. If you don't, you're not a competitor. Everybody's going to go to Miami is going to want to put their best effort out. Those guys should know people are going to be shooting at them."

Make no mistake, the Heat are taking it seriously.

There's plenty of personnel issues that remain unsettled - Carlos Arroyo will likely start at point guard on Tuesday and Joel Anthony at center, although neither has been anointed as the first-stringer going into the season at those spots - and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra knows he'll have some tough calls to make later this month.

"I want these guys to enjoy it," Spoelstra said. "As much of a reward as we can give them playing in front of our home fans, I want them to do that. I want them to play the right way, the way we've been trying to establish this week, but they've been working extremely hard. I think they're just looking forward to playing against someone else right now."

Monday marked the first time the Heat practiced together in Miami this season. They returned Sunday from nearly a week of training camp - "the most competitive, intense camp I've seen since I can remember," Spoelstra said - at Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida's Panhandle.

Tuesday may show how much work truly got done at camp.

"It'll be fun to see the progress that we've made," Wade said.

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178 comments for "Miami opens its preseason Tuesday with an unusually hyped game (Miami Heat vs Detriot Pistons)"

 8 years ago '04        #2
Aesop730 14 heat pts14
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Pistons blow em out .. Even tho its preseason idgaf .
 8 years ago '05        #3
Junior G 116 heat pts116
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let's go Detroit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that 3rd world country livin n*gga Austin Daye gonna break Lebron....


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 8 years ago '07        #4
joshdogg26 194 heat pts194
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i won't be home till 8:15 so i'll probably miss them in the first half :(

here's hoping for highlights and some play to start the second half!
 8 years ago '10        #5
Hovi Bryant 676 heat pts676
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The Pistons seem to win the meaningless games so they should look promising here.
 8 years ago '04        #6
TheMagicMan|M 2 heat pts
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Pistons are gonna be better than people think, love being slept on again
 8 years ago '07        #7
INFAMOUS 13 heat pts13
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Bosh is never mentioned
 8 years ago '04        #8
CFran55 
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so this going to be on tv?
 10-05-2010, 10:42 AM         #9
Joehook 
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 CFran55 said:
so this going to be on tv?
espn3 i believe......
 10-05-2010, 10:54 AM         #10
Trill Clinton 
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My n*gga Austin Daye gon' be styling out there against 2nd string scrubs.

and hittin' ho's in the stands with the
 8 years ago '04        #11
Aesop730 14 heat pts14
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 INF4MOUS said:
Bosh is never mentioned
Cause he's really a non factor unless he goes up against an unskilled , tiny twig like himself . Im not saying he's unskilled , but he is a frail mofo who gets pushed around underneath against the big boys .
 8 years ago '04        #12
CTre 22 heat pts22
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 Aesop730 said:
Cause he's really a non factor unless he goes up against an unskilled , tiny twig like himself . Im not saying he's unskilled , but he is a frail mofo who gets pushed around underneath against the big boys .
not on 2k though n*gga so stop talking that s**t
 8 years ago '08        #13
HiphopRelated 
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 ChiCity Fingaz said:
6 years at most doesn't = decade.
Bulls were only relevant for 8
 8 years ago '08        #14
AC_89 236 heat pts236
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 CFran55 said:
so this going to be on tv?

nba tv
 8 years ago '08        #15
Dunknown24 34 heat pts34
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I kinda wanna see tmac too tho.

What time this s**t start?
 10-05-2010, 01:50 PM         #16
Flacco Da Gawd 
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Got tickets for 20 bucks

I'm not even paying for them.

Chongas>>>

I don't even like the Heat but f**k it
 8 years ago '09        #17
TriniSoldier 69 heat pts69
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 TheMagicMan said:
Pistons are gonna be better than people think, love being slept on again
Love not making the playoffs too?
 8 years ago '09        #18
faceoffizhere 
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Bosh never mentioned is his motivation people can sleep on him if they want u cant double all these nigas at once
 8 years ago '07        #19
Supercoolbert 123 heat pts123
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30 more mins
 10-05-2010, 05:00 PM         #20
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Anybody got a link to see this online?
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