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The 2008–09 Miami Heat season was the 21st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2008–09 Miami Heat season
Head coachErik Spoelstra
ArenaAmerican Airlines Arena
Results
Record43–39 (.524)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Southeast)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Hawks 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Florida, Sun Sports
RadioWIOD
< 2007–08 2009–10 >

Following a disastrous 15-67 season, Pat Riley resigned as head coach, and promoted Heat assistant Erik Spoelstra to become the new head coach; he was the youngest NBA head coach at the time of his hiring.[1] With a healthy Dwyane Wade back in the lineup, the Heat greatly improved on their regular season record and returned to the playoffs, but were eliminated in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks in seven games, all of which were decided by double-digit margins.

Key datesEdit

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 2 Michael Beasley Forward   United States Kansas State
2 52 Darnell Jackson (traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for two future second round draft picks) Forward   United States Kansas
2 34 Mario Chalmers (traded from Minnesota Timberwolves) Guard   United States Kansas

RosterEdit

Miami Heat roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 50   Anthony, Joel 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 260 lb (118 kg) UNLV
F 30   Beasley, Michael 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Kansas State
C 15   Blount, Mark 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Pittsburgh
PG 6   Chalmers, Mario 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas
G 14   Cook, Daequan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Ohio State
G/F 9   Diawara, Yakhouba 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Pepperdine
F/C 40   Haslem, Udonis (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Florida
G 13   Head, Luther   6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Illinois
SF 22   Jones, James 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Miami (FL)
C 21   Magloire, Jamaal 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Kentucky
SF 8   Moon, Jamario   6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Meridian CC
C 7   O'Neal, Jermaine 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Eau Claire High School
G 11   Quinn, Chris 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Notre Dame
G 3   Wade, Dwyane (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Marquette
G/F 1   Wright, Dorell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Leuzinger High School
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 32–9 27–14 14–2 82
x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 12 31–10 16–25 11–5 82
x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 16 28–13 15–26 9–7 82
Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 24 23–18 12–29 5–11 82
Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 40 13–28 6–35 1–15 82
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805
2 y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 4
3 y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 7
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 19
5 x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 23
6 x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 25
7 x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25
8 x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27
9 Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30
10 Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 31
11 New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32
12 Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32
13 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 33
14 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 34
15 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 47

Game logEdit

2008–09 game log
2008–09 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

The Miami Heat returned to the playoffs as the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference after a 15-67 season in 2007–08 matched up against the Atlanta Hawks who in 07-08 as the eighth seed took the champion Boston Celtics to 7 games in a first round series after being predicted by many not even to win a game.

First Round: (5) Miami Heat vs. (4) Atlanta HawksEdit

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(MIA-ATL)

Venue TV Recap
1 April 19 Miami 64 Atlanta 90 0-1 Philips Arena, Atlanta TNT 1
2 April 22 Miami 108 Atlanta 93 1-1 Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia TNT 2
3 April 25 Atlanta 78 Miami 107 2-1 American Airlines Arena, Miami TNT 3
4 April 27 Atlanta 81 Miami 71 2-2 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida ESPN 4
5 April 29 Miami 91 Atlanta 106 2-3 Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia TNT 5
6 May 1 Atlanta 72 Miami 98 3-3 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida ESPN 6
7 May 3 Miami 78 Atlanta 91 3–4 Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia ABC 7
Atlanta wins series 4–3

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

The Heat traded Shawn Marion, Marcus Banks, and cash to the Toronto Raptors for Jermaine O'Neal, Jamario Moon, and a $4 Million trade exception on February 13, 2009.

Free agentsEdit

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Shaun Livingston October 3 LA Clippers

SubtractionsEdit

Player Left New team
Ricky Davis July 28 LA Clippers
Jason Williams August 7 LA Clippers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Riley Resigns as Heat Coach; Erik Spoelstra To Take Over". nysun.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 29 April 2008.