2011–12 Miami Heat season
The 2011–12 Miami Heat season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They came into the season as the defending Eastern Conference champions, the second season playing with the "Big Three" of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh, and the fourth season under head coach Erik Spoelstra. Prior to the beginning of the season, they looked to bounce back from their disappointing finish to the previous year where they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Following the 2011 NBA lockout the Heat played only 66 games this season. They won their division for the 9th time and appeared in the Eastern Conference Finals for the 5th time. For the second year in a row, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh were all selected to the NBA All-Star Game, tying the record for the most Heat players in an All-Star game in franchise history.
|2011–12 Miami Heat season|
|Head coach||Erik Spoelstra|
|General manager||Pat Riley|
|Arena||American Airlines Arena|
|Place||Division: 1st (Southeast)|
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||NBA Champions |
(Defeated Thunder 4–1)
|Radio||790 The Ticket|
On June 9, 2012, the Heat beat the Boston Celtics to advance to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year and 3rd time in franchise history. On June 21, the Miami Heat won the NBA Championship at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 4–1, following their 121–106 Game 5 victory to become the 2012 NBA Champions, the 2nd Championship for the franchise. LeBron James won his first NBA championship, and was awarded the 2012 NBA Finals MVP.
- June 23: The 2011 NBA draft took place at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
- December 9: The free agency period started.
- December 18: The Heat pre-season started with a game against the Orlando Magic.
- December 25: The Heat avenged their 2011 NBA Finals loss with a 105–94 win over the Dallas Mavericks to open the season.
- December 27: The Heat won their home opener against the Boston Celtics 115–107.
- February 7: With a 19–6 season start, the Heat marked their best start in franchise history.
- February 14: The Heat became the first team to win three road games (Hawks, Bucks, & Pacers) on three consecutive nights by double digits since the 1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks.
- February 23: The Heat went into the All Star Break with their best win percentage (.794) in team history.
- February 25–26: The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend took place.
- April 3: The Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99–93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
- April 15: The Heat clinched a back to back (9th) Southeast Division title with a 93–85 win over the New York Knicks.
- April 22: The Heat defeated the Houston Rockets 97–88 in their final regular season home game.
- April 24: The Heat clinched the 2nd seed for the Eastern Conference after losing to the Boston Celtics 78–66.
- April 26: The Heat ended the regular season with a 104–70 loss against the Washington Wizards.
- May 9: The Heat defeated the New York Knicks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round, advancing to the Conference Semi-Finals.
- May 24: The Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, advancing to the Conference Finals.
- June 9: The Heat defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, advancing to the 2012 NBA Finals.
- June 21: The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, winning the franchise's second championship. LeBron James was named NBA Finals MVP.
When the Heat made it all the way to the finals in Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh's first year playing together, they were seen as heavy favorites from the Eastern Conference to return in 2012. The team's original starting lineup was:
C – Joel Anthony
PF – Chris Bosh
SF – LeBron James
SG – Dwyane Wade
PG – Mario Chalmers
The starting lineup would go through a lot of changes as the season went on. The finals lineup in the NBA Finals is listed below.
|2||31||Bojan Bogdanović (traded to Minnesota Timberwolves)||SF/SG||Croatia||Fenerbahçe Ülker|
|2011–12 Miami Heat roster|
|2011 pre-season game log|
Pre-season: 1–1 (Home: 1–0; Road: 0–1)
|2011–12 season schedule|
|7||x-New York Knicks||36||30||.545||14|
|12||New Jersey Nets||22||44||.333||28|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
|2011-12 NBA Records|
|2012 playoff game log|
Total: 16–7 (Home: 11–2; Road: 5–5)
First Round: 4–1 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–1)
Conference Semifinals: 4–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–1)
Conference Finals: 4–3 (Home: 3–1; Road: 1–2)
NBA Finals: 4–1 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–1)
|2012 playoff schedule|
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
|Mickell Gladness *||8||0||3.5||.333||.000||.000||1.4||0.3||0.13||0.13||0.3|
|Ronny Turiaf *||13||5||17.0||.533||.000||.591||4.5||0.4||0.62||1.08||3.5|
- Stats as of match played on April 26, 2012 (66 matches played)
- * Stats with the Heat.
- Stats as of match played on June 21, 2012 (23 matches played)
Awards, records and milestonesEdit
- On January 3, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (December 25 – January 1).
- On January 9, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (January 2 – January 8).
- On January 30, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (January 23 – January 29).
- On February 3, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Month (December – January).
- On February 20, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (February 13 – February 19).
- On March 1, 2012 Erik Spoelstra was named Eastern Conference's Coach of the Month (February).
- On March 2, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Month (February).
- On April 9, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (April 2 – April 8).
- On April 23, 2012 LeBron James was named Eastern Conference's Player of the Week (April 16 – April 22).
- LeBron James was voted to his 8th consecutive NBA All-Star Game as a starter (8th consecutive time as a starter).
- Dwyane Wade was voted to his 8th consecutive NBA All-Star Game (7th consecutive time as a starter).
- Chris Bosh was selected to his 7th consecutive NBA All-Star Game (5th consecutive time as a reserve).
- Mario Chalmers and James Jones were selected to participate in the 2012 NBA All-Star Three-point Shootout.
- Rookie Norris Cole was selected to participate in the 2012 Rising Stars challenge.
- On May 12, 2012 LeBron James won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for the 3rd time (1st with the Heat).
- On May 23, 2012 LeBron James was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the 4th consecutive time (2nd with the Heat).
- On May 24, 2012 LeBron James was named to the All-NBA First Team.
- On May 24, 2012 Dwyane Wade was named to the All-NBA Third Team.
- On February 3, 2012 LeBron James became the youngest player to have reached 18,000 career points.
- On April 19, 2012 LeBron James became the youngest player to have reached 19,000 career points.
|June 23, 2011
||To Miami Heat
||To Minnesota Timberwolves |
|Mario Chalmers||Signed 3 Year Contract For $12.0 Million||Miami Heat|
|Juwan Howard||Signed 1 Year Contract For $1.32 Million||Miami Heat|
|James Jones||Signed 3 Year Contract For $4.5 Million||Miami Heat|
|Shane Battier||Signed 3 Year Contract For $9.4 Million||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Eddy Curry||Signed 1 Year Contract For $1.22 Million||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Mickell Gladness||Signed 1 Year Contract For $171,872||Dakota Wizards (D-League)|
|Terrel Harris||Signed 1 Year Contract For $473,604||Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)|
|Player||Reason Left||New Team|
|Mike Bibby||Free Agent||New York Knicks|
|Erick Dampier||Free Agent||Atlanta Hawks|
|Jamaal Magloire||Free Agent||Toronto Raptors|
|Mickell Gladness||Waived||Golden State Warriors|
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