|Last 5 Games||2-3||-2||2-3||2-3||102.2||54.6||43.7%||50.4||100.4||49.8||47.5%||50.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||99.0||50.4||38-88||43.7%||7-20||35.9%||16-21||74.1%||52||13||23||19||8||14||7|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.5||49.1||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||96.8||50.0||37-87||43.3%||7-20||35.2%||15-20||73.1%||51||12||22||19||8||14||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.2||49.9||38-84||45.4%||6-18||35.2%||17-23||76.3%||54||12||23||19||8||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||97.2||48.9||37-82||45.1%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||99.5||49.6||38-85||44.9%||6-18||34.3%||17-22||76.0%||55||13||23||19||8||15||5|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+5.2||4-1||2-2||96.2||51.2||50.0%||42.0||88.6||45.8||42.4%||47.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||102.9||51.5||39-78||49.6%||9-22||39.7%||17-23||76.0%||46||8||23||19||9||13||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98||49.3||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.2%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||106.7||53.5||39-77||50.9%||9-21||41.5%||19-25||78.6%||46||8||23||19||9||12||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||95.1||48.7||36-81||43.9%||8-22||35.0%||16-21||77.3%||49||11||20||20||8||15||3|
|vs opponents averaging||97.3||49||37-82||44.9%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.1%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||96.0||49.4||36-81||44.5%||8-23||34.6%||16-21||77.0%||47||11||19||21||8||15||3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MILWAUKEE 95.2, MIAMI 94.9|
|3/6/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||101-117||L||10||L||206.5||O||38-79||48.1%||38||13||47-87||54.0%||49||10|
|3/9/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||103-93||W||2.5||W||210.5||U||38-78||48.7%||45||15||37-82||45.1%||52||17|
|4/5/2013||@ NEW YORK||83-101||L||7||L||202||U||29-76||38.2%||47||13||41-89||46.1%||54||9|
|4/9/2013||@ MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/10/2013||@ ORLANDO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||@ ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/13/2013||@ CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/3/2013||@ NEW YORK||99-93||W||-4.5||W||196||U||39-84||46.4%||52||14||32-74||43.2%||46||17|
|3/29/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||108-89||W||-7.5||W||188.5||O||42-69||60.9%||32||13||34-74||45.9%||43||19|
|3/31/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||88-86||W||9||W||194||U||33-71||46.5%||37||10||35-79||44.3%||57||12|
|4/9/2013||MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/10/2013||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||BOSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||ORLANDO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MILWAUKEE: GUARDS: BRANDON JENNINGS benefitted from the arrival of Monta Ellis last year. He has the offense and system to thrive, and now needs to prove he can be efficient enough to be a star . . . MONTA ELLIS played second fiddle to Jennings last year, and really struggled to shoot the ball. The Bucks now play the kind of tempo he likes, but he'll have to adjust to playing off the ball more often . . . BENO UDRIH won't see a ton of action off the bench considering Jennings and Ellis play so many minutes. If a starter gets hurt, he could step in and hit a lot of threes . . . Second-rounder DORON LAMB has some upside as a future sixth man, but figures to ride the bench this year once his torn elbow ligament heals. FORWARDS: ERSAN ILYASOVA should finally get some respect from Skiles after starring down the stretch last year . . . MIKE DUNLEAVY re-emerged as a legitimate three-point threat, though he doesn't do much else . . . DREW GOODEN's role should shrink with Ilyasova stepping up and Sam Dalembert coming in . . . LUC RICHARD MBAH a MOUTE is coming off knee surgery, but he's improving as a rebounder and can play both forward spots off the bench . . . Rookie JOHN HENSON is a defensive stud and does enough as a screener to get decent minutes early . . . TOBIAS HARRIS was a Summer League star, but he's too much of a 'tweener to thrive in the NBA . . . EKPE UDOH provides defense and rebounding off the bench . . . LARRY SANDERS has potential, but this frontcourt is too crowded for him to make an impact. CENTERS: SAM DALEMBERT fell in and out of favor in Houston, but he's exactly what the Bucksneed as a defensive presence in the paint. Milwaukee has numerous players who can man the five in spots (Ekpe Udoh, Drew Gooden), but Dalembert is by far their best defensive option and should see big minutes . . . JOEL PRZYBILLA signed on in August to provide back-end depth on the pine.|
|MIAMI: GUARDS: The regular season goal for DWYANE WADE is to just stay healthy. Even following knee surgery, he's still good enough to pile up numbers, but the minutes won't be there in the regular season . . . That's why the Heat brought in RAY ALLEN. He and Wade will share the floor at times, but Allen should primarily play off the bench. His role will be to knock down the wide-open threes Wade and LeBron James create . . . After all the big plays he made in the postseason, MARIO CHALMERS is entrenched as the starting point guard, despite being plagued by a bad hammy in the preseason . . . Super-quick NORRIS COLE looks like he'll become one of the NBA's better backup point guards . . . If he doesn't retire, the absurdly brittle MIKE MILLER will see limited regular-season minutes . . . TERREL HARRIS will likely make the team because he's willing to play defense. FORWARDS: While another title is their No. 1 priority, LeBRON JAMES has shown no need to rest during the regular season. He'll play full-time minutes and be in the thick of the MVP race . . . CHRIS BOSH remains integral to the offense with his ability to pull opposing bigs away from the basket. His stats don't reflect his actual value . . . SHANE BATTIER will continue to be a defensive specialist whose offensive role is limited to shooting open threes . . . UDONIS HASLEM is another guy who will get held back in the regular season. He should lead their low-post rotation . . . RASHARD LEWIS' knee problems have robbed him of athleticism . . . But Lewis should beat out fellow shooter JAMES JONES for a rotation spot . . . JARVIS VARNADO is a shot-blocking force with little to no offensive game. CENTERS: JOEL ANTHONY will continue to tag-team with Haslem in the middle. Anthony is an absolute negative on the offensive end, but he brings more size and shot-blocking than Haslem . . . DEXTER PITTMAN will be battling for a roster spot. Sexy Dexy has shown no signs of being an NBA-caliber player so far in his career . . . MICKELL GLADNESS is a better alternative than Pittman on both ends of the floor.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES 11th graf with Heat G Wade being ruled out for this game.)
*Bucks-Heat Preview* ====================
By BRIAN OREFICE STATS Senior Editor
Milwaukee (37-39) at Miami (60-16), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Miami Heat have LeBron James back in uniform, a comfortable cushion in the race for home-court advantage through the NBA finals and are on the verge of tying a franchise record for wins.
Yes, things are looking up in South Beach as the postseason approaches.
In a likely first-round playoff preview, James will make his second straight start Tuesday night after sitting out three games with a tight right hamstring when the Heat host the Milwaukee Bucks, who clinched their own postseason berth in their last outing.
The three-time MVP was anything but rusty in leading Miami to its 60th win Saturday night, 106-87 over Philadelphia. James scored 27 points on 12-of-17 shooting in 31 minutes, maintaining his season-long run of offensive efficiency as the Heat again showed off their ability to win short-handed.
With Dwyane Wade shelved with a sore ankle and bruised knee, and Chris Bosh sitting out with a bad knee of his own, Miami (60-16) moved to 4-1 since having its 27-game winning snapped March 27. In four of those five games, two of the "Big Three" have been sidelined, giving the team's reserves a chance to step up and round into form just in case they're called upon in the playoffs.
"It takes the right type of professional. These guys make it look much easier," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "You look at any profession in any field, egos really do become a factor. Are people really willing to sacrifice part of their role or their ego to be part of something special or different? ... They wouldn't. And these guys are very unique. They understand what this opportunity is."
Their opportunity Tuesday is to tie the regular-season mark of 61 wins set by the 1996-97 squad, as well as to put even more distance between them and San Antonio for the league's top record. Miami can extend that lead to four games, after which both teams would only have five games to play.
At the forefront of the Heat's bench charge has been Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis and Chris Andersen. Miller, who hasn't even gotten on the court in 23 games this season, has started the last five, highlighted by a 26-point outburst at Charlotte on Friday night.
Lewis, who had 11 straight DNPs at one point in January, has started three of the last four and scored 14 points off the bench Saturday. Andersen, who didn't even join the club until midseason, had 15 rebounds in a reserve roll last time out.
"The leaders, they come out and do what they have to do and they do it well and the bench just comes in and contributes and we don't step outside our boundaries expect for when I take dumb shots," Andersen said. "It's a matter of our bench. We've got All-Stars sitting all the way down to the end and when we come in and help and get those guys some rest, it just feels great."
Wade has been ruled out of this contest and will miss his fifth straight game. Bosh, on the other hand, is day-to-day.
"The most important thing is to be healthy," Wade said. "When I feel it, I'll get back on the court. Obviously, I want to play. I've just got to make sure that I'm right."
Even without Wade, Milwaukee (37-39) will have its work cut out for it, and there's little doubt the Bucks will want to avoid the league's clear-cut finals favorite so early in the playoffs. It can cut Boston's lead to two games for the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed but will need a lot of help from the Celtics if it's to steer clear of James and Co. in the first round.
"We're going to do everything we can to try and move up because we just want to keep winning games and end the season on a positive note," coach Jim Boylan said. "Whoever we end up playing, we end up playing. Whoever we , we're going to go in and compete and play hard. It would be Miami, New York, Indiana, and those are really good teams."
Milwaukee clinched its date for the postseason with a 100-83 win over Toronto on Saturday night.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 3:33:44 PM EST|