Mar 4, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved (1) shoots over Miami Heat center Chris Andersen (11) during the fourth quarter at the Target Center. The Heat defeated the Timberwolves 97-81. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Miami Heat at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m.


The Miami Heat are not used to getting dominated. They usually reserve that feeling for opponents. But that is what has happened to the Heat in the paint the last few games.

The Heat (14-5) will try to break its two-game losing streak Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-10). Miami has been outrebounded 95-61 in the last two games and ranks 29th with a minus-4.6 rebounding margin.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Andersen are set to return for Miami. Minnesota may be without Kevin Love—good news for the Heat front court. Andersen returning should certainly help the team on the boards too. Even if the Heat don’t make significant rebounding improvements, having Wade back reunites the Big 3—which has succeeded in masking the Heat’s rebounding deficiencies in the past with spacing and superb defense.

A lot has been made of Miami’s lack of rebounding. For me, I just want to see some effort and urgency. I know it is only December, and a win or a loss doesn’t mean anything tonight in the grand scheme of things, but seeing the team mail it in last week was disheartening.

The good news going for the Heat? Michael Beasley, who scored 23 and 15 points in the last two matches, is only getting better.

Check back after the game for Kristopher Keaton’s recap.

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