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Miami Heat 2011 NBA Schedule: Big Three Will Be Tested With Condensed Schedule

With nearly two months lost due to the lockout negotiations, the Miami Heat are now forced to play a condensed 66 games schedule in an intense three and half month tour towards the playoffs. The Heat have 17 back-to-backs over the course of the season, including one instance where they play three games in three nights. The frenetic pace of the schedule consummates in April, when they play eight games in just 11 nights.

The schedule features some primetime matchups in the opening week, with the opener on the road against the Dallas Mavericks and the home opener just two days later against the Boston Celtics. The Lakers make their one visit to Miami less than a month later on January 19th.

Dec. 25 @ Dallas
  27 Boston
  28 @ Charlotte
  30 @ Minnesota
Jan.  1 Charlotte
  2 @Atlanta
  4 Indiana
  5 @ @Atlanta
  7 @ New Jersey
  10 @ Golden St.
  11 @ L.A. Clippers
  13 @ Denver
  17 San Antonio
  19 L.A. Lakers
  21 Philadelphia
  22 Milwaukee
  24 Cleveland
  25 @ Detroit
  27 New York
  29 Chicago
  30 New Orleans
Feb.  1 @ Milwaukee
  3 @ Philadelphia
  5 Toronto
  7 Cleveland
  8 @ Orlando
  10 @ Washington
  12 @ Atlanta
  13 @ Milwaukee
  14 @ Indiana
  17 @ Cleveland
  19 Orlando
  21 Sacramento
  23 New York
Mar.  1 @ Portland
  2 @ Utah
  4 @ L.A. Lakers
  6 New Jersey
  7 @Atlanta
  10 Indiana
  13 @ Orlando
  14 @ Chicago
  16 @ Philadelphia
  18 Orlando
  20 Phoenix
  23 @ Detroit
  25 @ Okla. City
  26 @ Indiana
  29 Dallas
  30 @ Toronto
Apr.  1 @ Boston
  3 Philadelphia
  4 Oklahoma City
  6 Memphis
  8 Detroit
  10 Boston
  12 @ Chicago
  13 Charlotte
  15 @ New York
  16 @ New Jersey
  18 Toronto
  19 Chicago
  21 Washington
  22 Houston
  24 @ Boston
  26 @ Washington

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