While most NBA teams are trimming their preseason schedules down to six or seven games, the Miami Heat announced Tuesday it will play the NBA maximum-allowed eight exhibition games when action picks up in October.
With Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Joe Johnson among those from last season’s playoff roster now gone, the Heat will have nine new faces on the court and available to see their first action on Oct. 4 at Washington. Miami will then face Minnesota in the first of two preseason neutral-site meetings against the Timberwolves Oct. 8 in Kansas City. The other neutral-site game against Minnesota will be Oct. 15 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Heat plays the first of three preseason home games Oct. 11 against Brooklyn. The other home dates are Oct. 18 against Orlando and Oct. 21 against Philadelphia. Miami's road stops are at San Antonio Oct. 14 and at Charlotte Oct. 20.
The Herald previously reported that the Heat will begin the regular season on the road at Orlando on Oct. 26 before returning home Oct. 28 to face the Hornets. The full NBA schedule is expected to be released Thursday.
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Tickets for the Heat's three preseason home games, which start at $10, can be puchased at Heat.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-4NBA Tix. They can also be purchased at AmericanAirlines Arena Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.