Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Danny

Miami HEAT at Cleveland Cavaliers Official Game Thread and Preview

Recommended Posts

670_heatcavalierspre_130415.jpg

(Photo Credit: David Liam Kyle)

The Miami HEAT look for their 65th win of the season tonight as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. In their last matchup the HEAT came back from a 27-point third quarter deficit on the road to grab the victory. Tip off is set for 7 PM; coverage on Sun Sports begins at 6:30 PM.

1: Did you learn anything from yesterday’s HEAT-Bulls game?

Couper Moorhead: As expected, the Bulls had to rely on some tough shots to stay in the game for most of the night, but really you notice just how much the Bulls rely on Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Even with Chicago playing smaller lineups for most of the night, theirs is a system that requires a steady big man roaming the paint – far more so than Miami’s defense – and without their two best bigs the Bulls were vulnerable at the rim. Rose’s absence hurts the offense, but the lack of Noah and Gibson can cripple a defense.

Danny Martinez: I learned that if you put Burnie in a big washing machine and add bleach he’ll become White Hot Burnie. As for the HEAT, I didn’t learn much. When Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade shared the floor they crushed the Bulls, which follows a season-long trend. The HEAT went without playing two bigs at once and as a result there was a bunch of space to be had. The undermanned Bulls just couldn’t keep up. If we learned anything it’s that HEAT’s key players are healthy enough to produce great returns, especially when played together. Any rust that may have been evident on Friday was gone by Sunday.

2: Who is expected to play tonight, and who could see more minutes as a result?

Couper: Udonis Haslem, Dwyane Wade and Shane Battier didn’t make the trip to Cleveland, so they won’t be playing, and LeBron James said that he doesn’t expect to play even though he was on the HEAT’s charter. There’s no reason to risk injury at this stage in the second night of a back-to-back, so this will be another night to enjoy the fine recent play of Norris Cole, the playmaking of Ray Allen and Mike Miller and the active presence of Joal Anthony.

Danny: Couper covered who’s likely out for tonight. It means we’ll see some of the lineups we saw the HEAT play against Washington, San Antonio and New York. With Battier and Haslem out though, I’d expect to see more Joel Anthony and Rashard Lewis. Lewis has been playing well and will get as much playing time as he can handle. Mike Miller, Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole will also be leaned on heavily.

3: Is there anything else the HEAT should be watching for in the standings?

Couper: With the No. 1 overall seed locked up, the only thing to monitor are the games of Atlanta and Chicago. The Bulls trail the Hawks by one game in the standings with two games to play, and whoever finishes in front will face the Brooklyn Nets in the first round and, should Miami advance past Milwaukee, the HEAT in the second round.

Danny: In the East, everything but the fifth and sixth seeds is locked into place. The fifth seed is important to the HEAT because that team would be a possible second round opponent. The HEAT have had more regular season success against the Hawks, but should the Bulls get that fifth seed, it’s not a huge deal. Out West there are a lot of things up in the air, but there’s no reason for the HEAT to concern themselves with something that likely won’t have an impact on them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They pretty much tanking now

Bring out the 2nd unit especially that Varnado who?

Has that guy even played this season, what's his purpose <_<

Rather have Eddy Curry really for some hype and fun :lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another confidence builder for those 'LAUGHING CLOWNS'. Although the win will be magnificent, I'm more concerned about MIAMI's snipers getting in rhythm and NORRIS COLE continuing to develope. I just want the HEAT to come away healthy after the end of the day...with the win :lol:...TEAM HEAT since '88!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Let them rest, no need to have them all in tonight , beside off that, you can see that this team is ready for the playoffs,.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Let them rest, no need to have them all in tonight , beside off that, you can see that this team is ready for the playoffs,.

Wade, battier, U, are not playing. Lebron and boshtrich possibly playing? check out kkinsey guy on heat bulls recap talk. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

dion-waiters-popcorn.jpg

Instead of PopCorn, we will fill them with a rain of 3 !

James may play. coures he could drain some jumpers also. This was his court for 7 years he lived in that perimeter and saw glimps of those clutch 3's.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@MiamiHEAT: Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade are not traveling with the team to Cleveland. They will not play in tomorrow night's #HEATgame.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

James' rebound dropped to 8.0 rpg. <_< Let him stand there on base line and grab some missed free throws. he's standing on the hoop all the time, then see one like ray hog the rebound. :huh: haslem or dwyane use to do this but ray?! :o The mvp should get more than 12.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ray Allen is preparing to make it rain !

30278920130415231643.jpg

Instead of the usual questions :

Are you a better singer or a player ? or What is your favourite meal ?

I would love to ask Ray Allen, have you reduced your ritual warmup ? Doc Rivers wanted you to make it shorter ? What is the position of the Miami Heat Staff about it ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Heat Starters : Norris Cole, Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis, Juwan Howard and Joel Anthony

And please dont bring me after the game Norris PER, much appreciate !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They pretty much tanking now

Bring out the 2nd unit especially that Varnado who?

Has that guy even played this season, what's his purpose <_<

Rather have Eddy Curry really for some hype and fun :lol:

eddy curry played 2 games as a mav. saw him on spurs uniform watching preseason game. i prefer jarvis than joel to start. B)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

dunno what happened to eddy curry. saw him on spurs uniform watching preseason game. i prefer jarvis than joel to start. B)

He is playing in a China team, he is putting some good numbers (23 pts and 10 rebounds in 29mn)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Heat Starters : Norris Cole, Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis, Juwan Howard and Joel Anthony

And please dont bring me after the game Norris PER, much appreciate !

This might be the most entertaining game of the season. Juwan going to toy with these youngstas B)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This might be the most entertaining game of the season. Juwan going to toy with these youngstas B)

Unfortunatly i am more afraid of him being dunked on ! But i will definitly watch that game! We will have a lot of pressure after that monster comeback last time, they didnt forget LOL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Even if they are not playing tonight, Almario Chalmers, Chris Bosh and LeBron are still keeping the rythm by participating to the shootaround !

46338720130416000227.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Heat Starters : Norris Cole, Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis, Juwan Howard and Joel Anthony

And please dont bring me after the game Norris PER, much appreciate !

This might be the most entertaining game of the season. Juwan going to toy with these youngstas B)

The youngstas going to toy with Juwan lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The youngstas going to toy with Juwan lol

Hey Old man, why havent you retired with Bill Russel and co ?

image022.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We have only as reserves : James Jones, Jarvis Varnado, Chris Andersen and Ray Allen (if he plays)

i would like to see a bit of Jarvis to pay back the youngstas dunking on Juwan !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Similar Content

    • By Joe B.

      Photo Credit: David Sherman
      The Miami HEAT face the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night at Target Center. The HEAT fell to the Timberwolves 125-122 in OT in their last meeting on Oct. 30. Tip-off is set for 8:00 PM. Television coverage on FOX Sports Sun begins at 7:30 PM. You can also listen to the action live on 790 The Ticket.
      Highlights:
      Oct. 30 – Timberwolves at HEAT
      March 17 – Timberwolves at HEAT
      Game Notes:
      The HEAT have won two of three and are 8-9 on the season. The Timberwolves have dropped two of three and enter the contest at 11-7. Hassan Whiteside leads Miami in rebounds (13.2) and blocks (1.8) per game. Karl-Anthony Towns leads Minnesota in points (20.4), rebounds (11.5) and blocks (1.4) per contest.  
      Efficiencies (Rank):
      HEAT Offense: 100.5 (26) HEAT Defense: 103.6 (13) Timberwolves Offense: 107.2 (6) Timberwolves Defense: 106.9 (23)
    • By Joe B.

      Photo Credit: Issac Baldizon
      The Miami HEAT defeated the Boston Celtics 104-98 Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena and snapped Boston's 16-game winning streak. Goran Dragić led the way for the HEAT with 27 points. Click here for the full recap on HEAT.com. 
    • By Joe B.

      Photo Credit: Issac Baldizon
      The Miami HEAT host the Boston Celtics Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Get your tickets now! The HEAT fell to the Celtics 96-90 in their last meeting on Oct. 28. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM. Television coverage on FOX Sports Sun begins at 7:00 PM. You can also listen to the action live on 790 The Ticket.
      1:  With the loss to Indiana behind them, what aspect of the game do you expect Miami to get back on track?
      Couper Moorhead: It was pretty clear, both immediately after the game and in the days after, that neither the players nor the coaches were pleased with the effort level and attention to detail against the Pacers. And that, even more so than shots falling on a given night or a particularly strategy being employed, is most crucial to this Miami HEAT team. This team is, by design, meant to be one of the top defensive teams in the league and you don’t get there without working harder and longer than your opponent on the majority of NBA nights. Fortunately, a night like Sunday is more of a blip on the radar than a trend of any sort, so we should reasonably we able to expect one of the hardest-working teams in the league – not as much of a throwaway line as it sounds – to get back to being that.
      Joe Beguiristain: In the days since Miami’s loss to Indiana on Sunday, the team has talked a lot about needing to improve on both ends of the floor. Not only were turnovers an issue once more against the Pacers, but also the HEAT gave up 120 points on 60 percent shooting. That said, some guys did play well, but those performances were few and far between.
      The good news about all this is that Miami has acknowledged its problems and has put in work at practice to fix them. It doesn’t get any easier with the hottest team in the NBA coming to town, but the HEAT are definitely up to the challenge.
      2: What has been the common thread throughout Boston’s 16-game winning streak?
      Couper: Absolutely dominant defense. Boston is No. 1 defensive team in the league allowing 95.8 points per 100 possessions, and they’re even better in the second half when they’ve allowed 93.7. Boston hasn’t dominated each of those games as far as winning by 15-20 points, either. They’ve even found themselves trailing by 15 in a number of games, including against the Warriors, but each time they’ve pulled themselves back into the game by putting a stranglehold on the other team’s scoring.
      What’s so unique is that other than Aron Baynes, the Celtics don’t play many true, big, traditional centers. Al Horford is of course capable of defending bigs, as he is with just about any position on the floor, but even if they don’t play huge in the middle they’re otherwise big everywhere else, with the strength and length of players like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and even Semi Ojeleye providing endless options for switching on the perimeter and contesting shots all over the floor. Not to mention that Kyrie Irving might be having the best defensive season of his career and Smart, even as he’s shooting 26.7 percent from the floor, is on the league’s All-Winning Plays team. 
      Joe: As Coup stated above, it’s all about defense for Boston. That shouldn’t be surprising with Brad Stevens at the helm, but the Celtics have taken things to a whole other level. While Marcus Smart and Al Horford have played very well on the defensive end as usual, newcomer Kyrie Irving has stepped up his game on that end of the floor. In fact, the 25-year-old has tallied a 97.4 defensive rating this season (which is far and away the best of his career) and has held the opposition to 0.9 percentage points lower than their usual field goal percentage. Irving has always been a dynamic offensive player with some of the best handles in the league, but this latest transformation has put him in the upper echelon.
      Because of Irving and the team’s strong defensive play, Boston has been able to respond to adversity and grind out wins lately. Take Monday night’s game against Dallas as a perfect example. The Celtics held the Mavs to just 9-of-28 shooting in the fourth quarter and overtime period combined, while Irving scored 17 points during that span to come away with the win after being down by 13 points in the fourth.
      Long story short, Boston knows how to get the job done.
      3: What did we learn from the first matchup with the Celtics?
      Couper: That game lived up to most of what Boston has relied on consistently throughout this winning streak, namely defending (Miami had scoring quarters of 19 and 18) and allowing Irving to close things out in the final minutes. What stood out the most on Boston’s end, however, was the play of Tatum. Even the most heralded prospects generally aren’t expected to contribute as an overall positive in their first seasons but Tatum has at times looked like a multi-year veteran, soaring to the rim with his long arms and putting moves on some of the league’s best defenders all while shooting well from the outside.  There were understandably questions about Boston’s rotations when Gordon Hayward went down on opening night but between Tatum and the poised second-year play of Brown the Celtics have been getting dynamic minutes from their wing spots.
      It’s also worth noting that Hassan Whiteside did not play in the first Boston matchup. The Celtics are typically a tough matchup for him and any other bigger center because of how Boston is able to spread the floor while still defending size, but Whiteside still has a length advantage in the paint that could lead to plenty of rebounds and interior touches if the offensive execution is crisp.
      Joe: With that matchup being so early into the season, we started to see just how strong the Celtics were defensively. In particular, Boston clamped down in the third quarter and held Miami to just 36.8 percent shooting in the period. That said, the HEAT stormed back in the fourth behind Goran Dragić’s spectacular play (11 points on 4-of-6 shooting) and cut the deficit to two with 2:16 remaining. Unfortunately, Irving took over from there. Despite the loss, it was still encouraging that Miami had a chance to win it in the end without Hassan Whiteside.
      While things look tough on the surface for Wednesday night since the Celtics have won 16-straight games, you would think that the HEAT are hungry and ready to bounce back from their tough outing against the Pacers. After some grueling, intense practice sessions, it’s finally time to see how Miami responds. We’ll see how it all pans out. 

      Highlights:
      Oct. 28 – Celtics at HEAT
      Mar. 26 – HEAT at Celtics
      Game Notes:
      The HEAT are 7-9, while the Celtics enter the contest at 16-2 on a 16-game winning streak. Goran Dragić leads Miami in points (18.3) and assists (4.7) per game. Kyrie Irving leads Boston in points (22.5) and steals (1.6) per contest.  
      Efficiencies (Rank):
      HEAT Offense: 100.1 (26) HEAT Defense: 103.9 (14) Celtics Offense: 103.1 (20) Celtics Defense: 95.8 (1)
    • By Joe B.

      Photo Credit: Oscar Baldizon
      At approximately 2:00 PM, I will ask a trivia question in this thread for another pair of tickets to tomorrow night’s game against the Celtics. Please keep in mind that you must be at least 18-years-old in order to qualify and must reside in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, or Monroe County. Also, you are ineligible if you've already won tickets this season.
      Please only play/answer if you can attend and qualify based on these rules.
    • By Joe B.

      Photo Credit: Issac Baldizon
      At approximately 1:00 PM, I will ask a trivia question in this thread for a pair of tickets to Wednesday night’s game against the Celtics. Please keep in mind that you must be at least 18-years-old in order to qualify and must reside in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, or Monroe County. Also, you are ineligible if you've already won tickets this season.
      Please only play/answer if you can attend and qualify based on these rules.