Tonight the Orlando Magic (27-15) welcome the Miami Heat (31-9) to the Amway Center in the first of 2 matchups in a 6 day span between the two teams. This is the first time Miami has played Orlando since their loss to them in February. Tonight’s game may be very different than Sunday’s with the Dwight Howard trade rumors surrounding both teams. It’s possible that this may be the last time the Heat face Dwight Howard as a member of the Magic.
For the Heat, this will be their first game since the win over the Indiana Pacers. The rest will definitely help them and it wasn’t a long trip to the game. LeBron is continuing to play well and Dwyane Wade is looking healthy. Meanwhile, Bosh has shot terribly the past two games and needs to get back on track. The supporting cast will be crucial and will be counted on to score and bring a lot of energy to the court.
Obviously, the Heat’s gameplan will be to stop Dwight Howard. The last time these two teams met on February 8th, Howard went off for 25 points and 24 rebounds. Miami needs to box out and make sure they protect the paint. (This is where a big man would be awesome right now).
Also, Miami needs to defend the perimeter well and force Jameer Nelson to make plays for the team. He is shaky at times and if the Heat puts the burden on him, they will have a solid game. The Heat also can let them shoot threes all day. Last time, Orlando made 17 three-pointers and shot 42.
For Miami, it’s all about rebounding, shooting well, and stopping Dwight Howard. Spo and Co. will be looking for revenge for last month’s loss and expect the Heat to come out energized. Come back to AllUCanHeat.com for some post-game analysis.