Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 11/27/11

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Miami Heat Team President Pat Riley watches on the sideline prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The official schedules have yet to change. The Heat’s, in fact, still lists five games in mid-December that can’t happen, with the league’s reset calling for a Dec. 25 restart (Heat at Mavericks) upon the confirmation of a collective-bargaining agreement. But details are leaking out, the most-recent courtesy of New York Times NBA writer Howard Beck. Among details offered at his Twitter account (and the possible Heat impact): On the compressed season: It will run Dec. 25-April 26. Teams will average 3.9 games per week, up from usual 3.5 per week. About two extra games per month. (This is where lack of depth could be an issue with the Heat’s top-heavy, star-laden roster. It also might have Pat Riley leaning toward adding younger, less-injury-prone reserves.) Teams will play 48 games in-conference (four fewer than usual) and 18 games out-of-conference. Thus, not all teams will visit all cities. (Figure on the NBA getting the Heat the most television-friendly out-of-conference matchup...
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