Tonight the Miami Heat (28-9) head back home to the American Airlines Arena to take on the New Jersey Nets (12-26). This is a big game where Miami needs to get back on a winning track after losing to the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers. The Nets head into the matchup after a big win against against the Charlotte Bobcats where Derron Williams scored 57 points. The Heat will welcome the return of much-missed Chris Bosh back into the lineup.
The first time these two teams met, Miami won 101-90. Since the Big Three formed last year, the Heat have not lost to the Nets. The Heat will have a chip on their shoulder after losing the last 2 games. Dwyane Wade needs to have a big game after his terrible performance against the Lakers and LeBron James will need to play like an MVP so that the Heat get back on track. Miami is very fortunate to have Chris Bosh back in the lineup tonight. The team missed him and will be looking to work him back into things.
As for the rest of the team, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem need to bounce back after having pretty bad games against the Lakers. Udonis will have to play some tough D on Kris Humphries and Battier will be asked to guard rookie MarShon Brooks for a few minutes. Chalmers and Cole have been playing well and need to continue to not turn the ball over. They also need to play lockdown defense when they are asked to guard Derron Williams.
The Nets are led by All-Star point guard Derron Williams. Throughout all of the trade rumors, he has continued to play at an All-Star level, evident by his 57 point performance the other night against the Bobcats. In that game, the Nets lost center Brook Lopez, who hurt his right ankle after missing the beginning of the season after having foot surgery. This is good news for Miami, who got killed by the Lakers size on Sunday afternoon. Miami also needs to watch out for Humphries and Brooks, who will be helping Williams manage the scoring load.
Miami should get the win here tonight, but I said the same thing on Friday night against Utah, so you never know. But the truth is, the Heat will have Bosh back and will be at full-speed against a team they haven’t lost to in two years. Expect a big game from the Big Three and the Heat to get back on a winning note. Check back after the game for some post-game analysis.