Heat’s Las Vegas summer schedule features a familiar playoff feel – Orange County Register

The Miami Heat never made it west when it comes to the 2022 NBA playoffs, but now have a robust western swing when it comes to the summer league.

While the NBA released the Las Vegas Summer League schedule on Monday, the Heat have final dates and times for six of their eight Summer League games.

The Heat will open their summer game in San Francisco at Warriors’ Chase Center on July 2, with a game at 5 p.m. ET against a similar group of Lakers rookies, free agents and prospects. from Los Angeles.

The Heat next play July 3 at 5 p.m. ET at Chase Center against the Sacramento Kings summer league roster.

Additionally, the Heat’s summer roster will also play a closed scrimmage on July 5 at Chase Center to wrap up that part of their summer schedule.

Broadcast plans for these games at the California Classic have yet to be finalized.

From there, the Heat will travel to Las Vegas, where all 30 teams will be represented at the NBA Summer League on the campus of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

The NBA released the schedule for the Heat’s first four games there:

July 9: vs. Boston Celtics, 5:30 p.m. EST, NBA TV;

July 12: vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m. EST, NBA TV;

July 13: vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU;

July 15: vs. Toronto Raptors, 10 p.m. EST, NBA TV.

The Heat will then play an additional game in Las Vegas on July 16 or 17, with the opponent and time to be determined by the results of their first four games there.

In all, there will be 75 games in Las Vegas over an 11-day period.

The Heat’s first three opponents in Las Vegas are the teams they faced in the just-concluded NBA playoffs, beating Atlanta 4-1 in the first round, Philadelphia 4-2 in the second, before losing 4-3 against Boston in the Eastern Conference. finals.

Among those expected to make the Heat’s summer league roster are two-way players Mychal Mulder and Javonte Smart, midseason addition Haywood Highsmith, possibly their No. 27 pick in the NBA draft. from Thursday, others added during or after the draft, as well as young prospects.

Among those on the Heat’s summer roster last season were Smart, Max Strus and Omer Yurtseven, with the latter two turning their breakout summer performances into contributing roles last season.

Erik Spoelstra’s assistant, Malik Allen, will coach the Heat’s summer roster. He also coached the team last year.

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