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Miami Heat 2011 preseason schedule released

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Even though there is a lockout currently in place that threatens the possibility of the upcoming season, on Thursday the NBA released its 2011 preseason schedule. As I'm sure most people are, I'm extremely skeptical of the exhibition game schedule, as I am for the regular season. However, the league wasn't going to just ignore putting out the pre-season plans, and if I was in their shoes then I wouldn't either.

Though right now there are no indications that would lead anyone to believe that training camps, preseason games or the regular season scheduled to start at the beginning of November, the NBA still needs to have everything ready to go should they come to an agreement with the Players Union on a new CBA. It's a lot easier to postpone or cancel games that have been scheduled then it is to have to suddenly put all those games together in a short period of time.

Miami's preseason schedule is slated to begin on October 11th against the Orlando Magic at the American Airlines Arena. That is the first of 8 exhibition games planned for the Heat. They will have two of them played on national T.V; October 20th at Memphis on TNT and October 28th against Washington on ESPN. The other 6 games will be televised locally on Sun Sports. As always, you can hear each broadcast over the radio airwaves on WAXY 790 The Ticket.

Here is the full preseason schedule:

-- Oct. 11 vs. Orlando Magic, American Airlines Arena, 7:30 p.m.

-- Oct. 14 @ Houston Rockets, Toyota Center, Houston, 8 p.m.

-- Oct. 15 vs. Houston Rockets, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 8:30 p.m.

-- Oct. 19 @ Charlotte Bobcats, RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C., 7 p.m.

-- Oct. 20 @ Memphis Grizzlies, FedEx Forum, Memphis, 8 p.m.

-- Oct. 24 vs. New Orleans Hornets, American Airlines Arena, 7:30 p.m.

-- Oct. 26 @ Detroit Pistons, Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich., 7:30 p.m.

-- Oct. 28 vs. Washington Wizards, American Airlines Arena, 7 p.m.