Preview: Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards, 6 p.m. Sunday

Nov 1, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) reacts on the court against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat will try to end its two-game losing streak Sunday night against the Washington Wizards.

The Heat (1-2) dropped both games of a two-game road trip and have dropped to below .500 for the first time since LeBron James’ first game with the Heat. The Wizards (0-2) have yet to win a game.

James hasn’t seemed himself so far this season. He does not seem as aggressive on the offensive end, scoring 22.7 points per game, about four fewer than he averaged last season. Although, he is averaging nine assists per game, a number he has not come close to for an entire season since his last year in Cleveland. James has been solid, though not spectacular on defense with just three steels and a block.

Wade, who missed the Philadelphia 76ers loss, has not been tempered in the game in which he has played. In the loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Wade provided a spark and finished with 21 points.

The player having his best season is Chris Bosh. Bosh has been the aggressor on offense and has been solid on his rotations on defense, becoming a balanced and dangerous two-way player. Bosh is averaging 18.3 points per game (second on the team) and is shooting an insane 57.1 percent from three (4-7 from beyond the arc).

According to ESPN.com, Michael Beasley and Greg Oden are listed as day-to-day while Wizards’ big man Nene is questionable due to a strained left calf.

Key questions:

- Will Wade play?

He is expected to play as of now. I would bet on it, but who knows?

- Can the Heat control the pace early?

Part of the Heat’s struggles has been the inability to control the pace early on. The Heat need to come out and dictate the rules.

- Is John Wall for real?

Wall is averaging 23 points, 8.5 assists and three steels per game. Can the Heat slow him down?

Before the game, make sure to read a fascinating blog piece on the NBA.  It’s an unofficial census and has a ton of information on the constitutions of each NBA roster, as well as some over-arching material on height, weight, race, nationality, etc.  A fine read!

Topics: Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, John Wall, Lebron James, Miami Heat, Washington Wizards

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