Heat Start Short Road Trip in Brooklyn

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Who: Brooklyn Nets (6-8) and Miami Heat (5-8)

What: A Bounce-back Game for Miami? Please?

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30 EST

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Why: Because the Heat REALLY Need a Win

Injuries: Derrick Jones Junior (questionable with illness), Dwyane Wade (Fatherhood/Hanging Out with Gabrielle Union), Waiters and Johnson Out Indefinitely

 

Before:

The Heat haven’t looked themselves lately. In three straight Vice Nights, the Heat fell three straight times to the Pacers, Wizards, and Sixers. Read more about the Vice Night Curse from our very own Shazon Lothan.

Paranormal reasons aside, the Heat have looked slow lately. With a starting point guard not at 100%, Wade’s last dance being delayed by fatherhood, and defensive lapses across the board, Miami hasn’t looked this subpar in a while.

The Heat’s last game, a 124-114 loss to the Sixers, saw only one scorer over 20 points-the still slightly injured Goran Dragic. Without Wade, guys like Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson NEED to step up on the offensive end, and they only scored 12 and 17 points, respectively.

Wade’s impact is much more chemistry-based than actual play-based in his advanced age, but the difference in play is clear. They need him back. Only a few more days until he rejoins the team.

For the Nets, their last game was a 120-113 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They lost Caris LeVert, arguably their best player, to an UGLY looking injury (I will not link the video out of respect to your eyes and stomach) that only turned out to be a dislocated foot and ankle. He should return in a few week’s time, luckily for them.

This is the first meeting of the year for the two teams, though they will meet again on November 20 in Miami. Last year, the Nets got the best of the season series 3-1.

 

During:

Without LeVert, the Heat NEED to jump on the hole he left in the offensive production of this young Nets team. Locking down Brooklyn’s guard trio of D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris is the key to Heat success on defense.

Offensively, avoiding Jarrett Allen would definitely be a plus. Allen is currently ninth in the NBA in blocks, and has a defensive rating better than the league average.

Allen has gotten some comparisons to Whiteside on the defensive end, so that’s definitely going to be the matchup to watch. Two big defensive powerhouses trying to score on each other is always entertaining.

While Russell and Harris are good scorers for Brooklyn, their defense leaves a lot to be desired. The Heat need big games from Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, and Josh Richardson in order to see success. Take advantage of the lack of defensive effort, especially from Russell. Switch bigger guys onto Russell and attack him, and he’ll fold like paper.

After:

Final Score Prediction- 106-92 Heat

After the Heat go hard in Brooklyn, they fly to Indiana to take on the Pacers, a team they lost to just last Friday at home.

Brooklyn heads to the nation’s capitol to face the Washington Wizards.

 

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