The Miami HEAT face a San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night during ATT Center. Tip-off is set for 8:30 PM, and radio coverage is on FOX Sports Sun. You can also listen to a movement live on 790 The Ticket.
1: What tender we a many about a HEAT’s win in Oklahoma City?
Couper Moorhead: Their defense. Miami’s section indeed gave adult a few some-more points than it primarily seemed given Jerami Grant was such a energetic finisher around a rim, yet a HEAT were means to switch so seamlessly between section and aggressive, trapping male beliefs that a Thunder – down Russell Westbrook for a dusk – never utterly found a balance. The win competence have eventually been warranted on a strength of Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragić and James Johnson being comparatively unstoppable offensively, yet it was Miami’s invulnerability constantly putting additional defenders in front of Paul George and Dennis Schröder that total a 19 turnovers that led to 18 fast-break points. The HEAT have been means to govern mutated and tailored gameplans opposite only about any competition over a final few week, and when you’re means to keep things sealed in on that finish of a justice it allows for standout descent performances like Dragić sharpened 6-of-9 from low to put we over a top.
Joe Beguiristain: Although a HEAT’s invulnerability was pointy — James Johnson in sold had an considerable method opposite Paul George in a fourth and led a group with 4 deflections, 3 steals and dual blocks — their offense stood out to me a most.
In fact, Miami committed only 9 turnovers opposite an OKC group that leads a joining in forcing miscues. And while Russell Westbrook expected would have altered things if he had played, George is also a large reason because a Thunder are No. 1 in that category.
Of course, we’d be lingering if we didn’t discuss that Goran Dragić and Dwyane Wade had clever outings off a dais once again. All told, a twin total for 51 points on 19-of-34 shooting, as any man helped a HEAT stand out of an early necessity and finished plays after in a contest.
With both Dragić and Wade on a justice this season, Miami is outscoring a antithesis by 5.7 points per 100 security in 270 minutes. We’ll see if a maestro backcourt can keep it adult as a HEAT continue their playoff push.
2: Is there anything we can learn from Miami’s home feat over San Antonio months ago?
Couper: Neither group could get many going offensively in Miami’s seven-point feat as a HEAT led for many of a diversion until a late Spurs pull – being that these are dual of a best defenses so distant in Mar we competence not a ton of fireworks Wednesday night – yet what was so distinguished about this diversion was only how worried a Spurs looked during times. Granted, they were blank Rudy Gay whose shot origination would have helped, yet if we cruise a arrange of offenses a HEAT have struggled with during times this season, a up-tempo heavy-shooting teams, a Spurs don’t quite fit that mold given their some-more process approach. There will be some differences Wednesday night simply due to opposite lineups, as LaMarcus Aldridge started during core behind in Nov and shot 2-of-14 in one of his misfortune scoring games of a past 7 or 8 years. Aldridge was behind during energy brazen when San Antonio kick a Warriors a integrate nights ago so a Spurs competence have a bit some-more distance and physicality in this one – critical given Miami’s 14 descent boards.
Joe: It’s tough to reap too many from that matchup given a lot of guys were out for Miami, including Wade, Dragić, JJ and Dion Waiters. And for a Spurs, Jakob Poeltl (now a starter) was still perplexing to figure things out after being traded to San Antonio in a offseason.
One thing that unequivocally stood out in that game, however, was Hassan Whiteside’s beast performance. From a start, Whiteside only couldn’t be stopped, as he gathered 18 points, 14 boards, 8 blocks and dual assists in a initial half alone. And while many of his rejections came during a edge as usual, a integrate were indeed on mid-range jumpers.
Speaking of mid-range, a Spurs do a lot of repairs on those shots interjection to LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, yet a group went only 6-of-30 on those looks in that prior meeting. That was flattering many a diversion right there.
3: What have a Spurs been doing so good lately?
Couper: Well, deliberation that they haven’t mislaid a diversion in Mar with wins over a Thunder, Nuggets, Bucks, Blazers and Warriors, a answer is flattering many everything. The Spurs scored good in any one of those wins and outward of Milwaukee hold all those teams next their common descent rating. They’ve won delayed games and quick games. They’ve won games sharpened good from a fringe and poorly, yet they’ve always shot good from two-point range. And in only about any diversion outward of one they’ve kept their turnovers down. Essentially, in what has been something off an peculiar deteriorate by San Antonio’s standards, they’ve been personification San Antonio basketball. The doubt Wednesday night, then, is how it looks opposite Miami’s defense, that has altered given it achieved good opposite a Spurs. The HEAT have excelled newly in antithesis teams lacking possibly in sharpened or abyss of playmakers, pulling zones and traps on a likes of Kemba Walker and Paul George, yet a Spurs have both of those things. we would design to see a HEAT during slightest try what’s been operative for them lately, yet they competence have to revisit what worked so good for them behind in November, that was unequivocally earthy yet a bit some-more traditional.
Joe: The Spurs have tallied a league-best 9.1 net rating over their nine-game winning streak, so they’ve fundamentally dominated on both ends of a floor.
That said, they’ve unequivocally ramped things adult defensively by tying opponents from both a limited area and over a arc (though they’ve been a small receptive from a left corner). In particular, Patty Mills and Rudy Gay have been vigourous along a perimeter, while Poeltl and Aldridge have finished their thing inside during San Antonio’s new flurry.
As such, a HEAT will have to keep adult their unstinting play and pierce a round in sequence to find pushing lanes and open shots from deep.
- The HEAT degraded a Spurs 95-88 in their final assembly on Nov. 7.
- Miami has won 8 of eleven and is 34-36, while San Antonio has won 9 true and enters a competition during 42-29.
- The HEAT’s dais has outscored a antithesis by 504 points this season.
- DeMar DeRozan leads a Spurs in points (21.6), assists (6.1) and steals (1.1) per game.
- Justise Winslow (Right Thigh Bruise), Rodney McGruder (Left Knee Soreness) and Charles Cooke (Sioux Falls Assignment) are out. Duncan Robinson (Sioux Falls Assignment) and Yante Maten (Sioux Falls Assignment) are probable.
- HEAT Offense: 107.1 (23)
- HEAT Defense: 107.1 (8)
- Spurs Offense: 112.1 (7)
- Spurs Defense: 110.7 (20)