Tonight, the Miami Heat (32-11) look to even the season series with the Orlando Magic (29-16) at the American Airlines Arena in South Florida. The Heat lost to the Orlando Magic on Sunday, in a game where Miami blew a large lead and Orlando pulled away in overtime. With the Dwight Howard trade rumors over, it’ll be a game where both teams are focused on moving up in the Eastern Conference standings.
For Miami, this is a game where they must prove that they can stop a big guy, and in this case, Dwight Howard. In his last 2 games against Miami, Howard has gone for over 20 points and 20 rebounds in each. Chris Bosh needs to grab some rebounds and hit more of his shots. Bosh will be open since he is more of a jump shooter, not a low-post scorer, anyway.
LeBron James needs to continue to play well and Dwyane Wade has to have a better game than he did the other night against the Sixers. The point guards, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, need to play great defense on Jameer Nelson, who is streaky, but torched the Heat last game. Miami also needs to pay attention to Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick, who are excellent shooter. The Heat have given up too many threes in their last 2 games against Orlando and the Magic have capitalized.
The Heat cannot keep losing to top Eastern Conference teams or they won’t stop hearing it. It’s important for the Heat to get off to a good start again, limiting three-pointers, and grabbing rebounds. While Miami has no one to match up with Howard, they will need to use some fouls and make him do what he’s worst at, free-throws. The game starts at 7pm on ESPN and come back here for some post-game analysis!