There's plenty of room for optimism in Miami these days.


​When the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, the people of Boston weren't the only ones who rejoiced. Pat Riley was thrilled to hear that the Cavaliers traded away their all-star point guard, and certainly thought .


"Cleveland lost who I thought was next to Steph Curry, the best true point guard both ways in Kyrie Irving." Riley said. "We see an opportunity because there isn't a Golden State in our conference or a San Antonio or a Houston."

​​Perhaps Pat Riley does have a point about the Heat having a chance to make a run in the Eastern Conference. With a core of Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, and Dion Waiters, the Heat could be a possible sleeper team.


With the Cavaliers and Celtics changing up their identities on offense, Miami could capitalize and make a run. If last year's remarkable stretch of finishing the season 30-11 was any indication, this Heat team could do damage in the East when healthy.


And nobody's more confident than Pat Riley.