Fan Appreciation Night is no joke for the Miami Heat.
According to Spoelstra and Co. there’s basically no way the Miami Heat are losing tonight, especially against the hapless Orlando Magic, who are essentially “playing” for the number one lottery pick.
While I don’t think we should expect big minutes from LeBron, Wade, Bosh, or Chalmers — it shouldn’t matter as the Heat bench has put the team on its back post-Streak. The bench (no LeBron, Wade, Bosh, or Chalmers) beat the Cavs last game, and a couple games earlier, beat the Wizards too.
The shooting of Mike Miller (42.3% 3FG% the past five games) and the maturation of Norris Cole (the past five games: 48.6 FG%, 55.6% 3FG%) has been an incredible boon for the Heat. In addition, this added regular season experience is only going to help the Heat in the playoffs — one only needs to look as far as Chris Andersen’s performance versus the Bulls to see how getting regular season minutes has improved his play.
While the Magic have played the Heat relatively tight all season (Miami has beat the Magic by two points, one point, and fourteen points in the three games they’ve played), Orlando will not spoil Miami’s fan appreciation night, and the final game of the Heat’s historic season.