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Heat schedule loaded with home games early

Heat schedule loaded with home games early

The message from the Miami Heat's 2015-16 schedule is undeniable: Start strong at home or spend another season playing from behind. Not only do the Heat open their season at home, on Oct. 28 against the Charlotte Hornets, but 14 of their first 19 games are at AmericanAirlines Arena, including a seven-game homestand that runs from Nov. 8 to Nov. 23, one game short of the longest homestand in the franchise's 27 seasons. According to an ESPN analysis, the Heat have the easiest NBA schedule prior to Christmas, with those opponents with a .397 winning percentage last season. The price for such a comfortable open to the schedule? A run from Jan. 8 to Feb. 5, when 14 of 16 games...

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