Wednesday's Heat News: Spoelstra wants to give more minutes to Whiteside

Heat, Spoelstra want more minutes from Whiteside: Heat center Hassan Whiteside has grown accustomed to a bigger bank account and raised expectations because of his higher profile. The next adjustment in a season of change for him is being able to play more minutes. With the Heat set to open the season Wednesday at the Orlando Magic, expect to see Whiteside on the court more often throughout the year. "He's capable of playing 34, 36 minutes easy, as long as he's not in foul trouble," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Strength in numbers the only math that works for 2016-17 Heat: There was a time when a two-man game sufficed for the Miami Heat. So Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway made the franchise relevant. Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal delivered a championship. And then the stakes were raised to a Big Three, with four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, including a pair of championships, following. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat’s lineup, rotations and minutes may take time to figure out: Even though he has had a month’s worth of practices and eight preseason games to get to know his new roster, coach Erik Spoelstra still wasn’t ready Tuesday to share what the Heat’s starting lineup will look like for Wednesday night’s season opener in Orlando. Nor was he ready to discuss how the team’s rotations might play out. Part of it could be gamesmanship. But perhaps the most honest answer is that he really isn’t sure. -- The Miami Herald

Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem opens Starbucks in Miami: Monday night was all about the caffeine. Miami Heat star Udonis Haslem hosted a preview of his new Starbucks location, which officially opens at Jackson Memorial Medical Center Nov. 7, with some of his closest friends and colleagues like NBA legend Alonzo Mourning, coach Erik Spoelstra and team president Pat Riley. -- The Miami Herald

Betting public down on Heat: On Bovada (the on-line gambling site), the Heat’s over/under for wins is 34.5, and more people are betting the “under” on the Heat than on any other team, according to a Bovada spokesman. Guard Goran Dragic said Monday that he believes the Heat will be better than people think, because “we’ve got a young group who have a lot of talent and work ethic. And we have a style that fits us, [Whiteside] and shooters around.” -- The Miami Herald

20 bold predictions for the upcoming Miami Heat season: The Heat open the 2016-17 season tonight in Orlando, a season that brings a lot of new faces and a changing of the (shooting) guard (and power forward and small forward, for that matter). The Heat are also one of the more unpredictable NBA teams as the national columns, forecasts prove. But we at the Post will attempt to give you a glimpse of what to expect. -- The Palm Beach Post

Despite low expectations from outside, Miami Heat believe they can ‘win now’: The external expectations for the Heat are low this season. But the internal expectations are still high. “Our expectations with the Heat never change,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what makes us who we are. We’re stubborn in our belief about those expectations and we feel like this group has a big ceiling.” -- The Palm Beach Post

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his team was like ‘a bunch of 7th graders’ trying to keep their attention: The excitement was in the air at the Miami Heat practice today. “Everybody’s excited,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Today it felt like a gym full of 7th graders trying to keep their attention. Everybody just wants the game to be here. It was good positive anxious energy in the gym. I think a lot of the guys kind of wish we were playing tonight.” While the NBA season tips off tonight, the Heat have to wait 24 hours before we see this new look team in Orlando. -- The Palm Beach Post