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The Miami HEAT look to bounce back from a loss to the Detroit Pistons tonight in Milwaukee where they take on the Bucks. The HEAT are 20-7 and the Bucks are 15-12. Tip off is set for 8:30 PM; coverage is set for 8 PM.

1. Were there any issues from the Detroit loss that have you concerned long term?

Couper Moorhead: The Pistons hit a large number of tough, contested threes – the sort that shouldn’t really bother any team about its long-term defense. But what typically hurts the HEAT the most when opponents are shooting like that is their interior rotations, the guy who helps the helper when the ball gets below the three-point line, get a little slow and that paces the opponent just enough to keep them around. And anyone within striking distance is going to have a tough time losing when they’re making the sort of shots the Pistons were making. Interestingly enough, the Bucks were particularly good at that sort of win last season.

Danny Martinez: Not really. The Pistons’ shooting performance was pretty special. They hit a ton of shots that the HEAT wanted them to take. Contested threes and pull-up long twos dropped all night, and there just isn’t much you can do about that. The offense got a little wonky, but still finished with an extremely efficient output. I think it’s just best to forget last night’s game happened.

2. Which Bucks player is most like to have a Will Bynum night?

Couper: The Bucks have two of them in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, but if anyone is going to go off taking dribble pull-up threes, it’s Jennings. Milwaukee runs a lot of dribble hand-off actions that get both Ellis and Jennings the ball in motion so the HEAT’s defenders will have to be ready to slide across the paint and help even when it doesn’t appear there is an immediate driving lane, but Jennings is capable of taking advantage of even the quickest defense simply because he can stop on a dime and get a shot off. That doesn’t necessarily mean a good shot, but you never know what can happen in one game.

Danny: Brandon Jennings Will Bynumed the HEAT last season when he hit seven threes is one game, so he’s the likely culprit. Monta Ellis is more than capable of exploding for a big scoring night too. The HEAT will have their hands full keeping both in check.

3. The last Bucks game went into overtime before Miami won. What needs to change tonight?

Couper: It was incredible that the Bucks were as close as they were after shooting 5-of-29 from deep, but they got 17 points from John Henson – including a couple tough turnaround jumpers – and a number of important shots from bench players that made up for Monta Ellis missing 12 of his 16 shots. The main difference was the open looks Miami’s role players missed, which hurt them at the end of the Detroit game as well. Nothing needs to change – the HEAT just need to help one another on defense and stick to their offensive process. It’s almost January, which means consistency is king.

Danny: Not much has to change. Some fluky things happened both ways that game, but the HEAT have to be comfortable with the way they played for the most part. If there’s one thing to try to eliminate it’s the offensive boards given up to the Bucks; 16 is too many. The HEAT have been better on the defensive glass since then, so we’ll have to see if that trend continues.

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So who will he guard

Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings

Either Way he gets raped in the butt

What about Bosh and cole. They getting burned by everybody but nobody saying nothing about boshes soft *** d. I perfer Anthony out there. He brings more passion once he is fully healthy and in shape. I can't keep seeing Bosh play center.

Anyway he better step that d up tonight and i don't want to hear nothing about the blocks hes getting on those small *** guards either.

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Bosh "SHOULDN'T" have any problems tonight if he flops alot on foul prone Larry Sanders

The rest of Bucks bigs are soft outside of the guy above

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Inactive: Udonis Haslem, Dexter Pittman

Center: Bosh

Power forward: Battier

Small forward: LeBron

Shooting guard: Wade

Point guard: Almario Chalmers

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Hope Lewis gets some burn then ...He's practically invisible in the roster as of late

It's like the team got him as a hostage so no other teams will utilize his skills

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