Tonight, the Miami Heat (35-13) take on the Dallas Mavericks (29-22) at the American Airlines Arena for the first time since the Mavs hosted the Larry O’Brien trophy there in June. Miami has lost their last 2 games by an average of 15.5 points and are not playing well, but they pummeled Dallas on Christmas day. This could be the game to get them back on track.
The big news for Miami is that LeBron dislocated his ring finger on his non-shooting hand and will be playing with it. It’s a big decision, but James knows this is a big game. The rest of the Heat will need to rally behind his toughness and give their best effort, something that has disappeared as of late. Both teams are about even when it comes to rebounding, but Miami really needs to fight to get second-chance points and needs to protect the ball. The bench also needs to come big because Dallas has a pretty good bench.
Dallas is led by Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry with Jason Kidd running the point. They have weapons in Rodrigue Beaubois and Shawn Marion, and a veteran scorer in Vince Carter. The good news for Miami is that Tyson Chandler plays for the Knicks now and Brendan Haywood has been injured and will not be back for this game.
This is a big game for Miami and there are a lot of emotions involved. The Heat need to execute and get back on page. It starts at 8pm on TNT, so be sure to check it out.
Will the Heat step up their game tonight?