The Miami Heat announced their schedule for the preseason on Thursday which is set to begin on Oct. 4 at home.
Coming off a season that did not feature a playoff appearance, the Heat should be focused quickly in their first game action. The preseason is a good opportunity for head coach Erik Spoelstra to make some final tweaks and decisions before games start to count.
Miami will take on the Charlotte Bobcats in the aforementioned preseason opener. That game will be the first of three at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
Following the contest with the Bobcats, the Heat will take on the Orlando Magic on Oct. 7. This game will actually take place far away from Florida despite the fact both teams hail from the Sunshine State. The game is set to be played at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Oct. 12 will feature a return to the AmericanAirlines Arena when the Heat host the San Antonio Spurs. Even though this is a preseason tilt, it should be a much-anticipated game after a busy and productive off-season for the Spurs. These two franchises also have a recent rivalry after playing in back-to-back NBA finals.
Miami will play games on consecutive days twice in the preseason and the first comes on Oct. 13. The Heat will travel to Orlando for another game with the Magic which is set to tip off at 7 p.m.
Four days later, the Heat will once again begin a back-to-back set. First on Oct. 17, Miami will head to Houston for a game with the Rockets. The following day, Miami will stay on the road as it heads for Atlanta and a meeting with the Hawks.
As the preseason winds down, the Heat will host the Washington Wizards on Oct. 21 before a finale at New Orleans two days later.