With the season dwindling down and Derrick Rose out to injury, the Miami Heat (34-11) look to close ground on the number one seed Chicago Bulls tonight when they head to the Palace of Auburn Hills to face the Detroit Pistons (16-30). The Heat have won three in a row and are playing well. Chris Bosh has been making a huge impact with his stellar play throughout the past 3 games.
For Miami, it’s important that they get out to an early lead against the Pistons because they have Oklahoma City on Sunday, a possible finals preview. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been playing well, but both are looking towards that one seed and will try to dominate Detroit. James has been a little nicked-up the past two days because of the collisions he had against Phoenix on Tuesday night. Miami’s bench definitely needs to play better, too. Besides Haslem, Miami hasn’t gotten much production from anyone else.
Greg Monroe leads the way for the Pistons with 16.5 points per game and 10 rebounds. His development has been rapid and is playing like an All-Star. The Pistons record doesn’t show what they’re capable of. They have people who can score in Ben Gordon, who replaced injured Rodney Stuckey in the starting lineup, and rookie point-guard Brandon Knight. Tayshaun Prince is still averaging over 12.5 points and 4 rebounds per game. They are a young team, but seem to be rebuilding well.
Miami needs to take care of Monroe and manage Gordon to win this game. It may be a tough task to do because Joel Anthony is not that big and just coming back from injury. The Heat need to get up early and intimidate Detroit. Tipoff is at 7:30pm, so be sure to check back after the game for some post-game analysis.