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MIAMI (14 - 5) at MINNESOTA (9 - 10)
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MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games14-509-1011-8103.250.850.3%43.196.648.644.7%48.9
Road Games5-3-3.55-35-3100.449.648.3%43.194.647.642.9%50.4
Last 5 Games3-2-3.22-33-293.648.046.5%41.095.849.044.0%56.4
MIAMI Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.250.838-7550.3%9-2140.3%19-2576.2%43624209155
vs opponents surrendering99.449.237-8245.2%8-2136.6%17-2375.0%511122218155
Team Stats (Road Games)100.449.636-7548.3%9-2240.8%18-2282.2%43624249154
Stats Against (All Games)96.648.635-7744.7%9-2437.6%18-2475.7%491020228173
vs opponents averaging97.24936-8244.2%7-2034.8%18-2474.4%511121218155
Stats Against (Road Games)94.647.632-7542.9%9-2438.2%21-2873.8%501020218173

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-10-3.910-910-9105.955.542.9%54.6101.850.746.8%52.2
Home Games6-3+0.65-44-5108.756.043.2%
Last 5 Games1-4-51-44-1102.051.041.8%52.6109.253.851.6%50.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.955.538-9042.9%8-2432.8%21-2680.5%551323179143
vs opponents surrendering100.150.437-8444.4%7-2135.4%18-2474.9%521122218155
Team Stats (Home Games)108.756.039-9043.2%7-2332.8%24-2883.9%551324199144
Stats Against (All Games)101.850.740-8646.8%8-2137.9%13-1773.7%521122228176
vs opponents averaging100.650.437-8345.2%8-2236.6%18-2475.1%521121218155
Stats Against (Home Games)99.249.039-8644.8%8-2136.8%14-1973.8%531118247185
Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 92.5,  MINNESOTA 96.9
MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2013@ PHILADELPHIA110-114L-9.5L195.5O42-8549.4%381943-8053.7%4918
11/1/2013@ BROOKLYN100-101L-4L195O32-6747.8%351533-6848.5%5418
11/5/2013@ TORONTO104-95W-5.5W195.5O41-8349.4%441131-7243.1%4715
11/7/2013LA CLIPPERS102-97W-6L207U38-7153.5%431636-7349.3%4317
11/16/2013@ CHARLOTTE97-81W-8.5W193U35-6950.7%491529-8334.9%468
11/20/2013@ ORLANDO120-92W-6.5W200O38-7451.4%502129-7140.8%3324
11/27/2013@ CLEVELAND95-84W-9W197.5U35-7248.6%461429-8334.9%5718
11/29/2013@ TORONTO90-83W-6W196U36-7647.4%491928-7338.4%5317
12/5/2013@ CHICAGO87-107L-4L187O32-7741.6%34937-7450.0%6415
12/7/2013@ MINNESOTA              
12/8/2013@ DETROIT              
12/10/2013@ INDIANA              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/1/2013OKLAHOMA CITY100-81W-2W201U33-7742.9%571529-8334.9%5121
11/3/2013@ NEW YORK109-100W3W195O35-7944.3%511240-8944.9%5316
11/4/2013@ CLEVELAND92-93L1.5W198U34-9436.2%571739-8545.9%5523
11/6/2013GOLDEN STATE93-106L0L209U34-9037.8%521942-8450.0%5821
11/10/2013@ LA LAKERS113-90W-4.5W210U44-9048.9%622135-9238.0%5318
11/11/2013@ LA CLIPPERS107-109L6.5W210.5O40-9641.7%541244-8055.0%5114
11/15/2013@ DENVER113-117L-2L209O46-9448.9%521647-9748.5%5515
11/19/2013@ WASHINGTON100-104L-3.5L206.5U37-8543.5%541341-8548.2%4611
11/20/2013LA CLIPPERS98-102L-2L213U34-9037.8%591440-8149.4%5019
11/23/2013@ HOUSTON101-112L6L212.5O40-10040.0%461041-7951.9%5923
11/25/2013@ INDIANA84-98L6.5L196.5U29-8932.6%601940-8050.0%5220
11/30/2013@ DALLAS112-106W-2W208.5O40-7950.6%531445-9248.9%4411
12/1/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY103-113L8.5L208O37-8941.6%521249-8756.3%4715
12/10/2013@ DETROIT              
12/13/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
12/15/2013@ MEMPHIS              
12/16/2013@ BOSTON              
12/20/2013@ LA LAKERS              
12/22/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
MIAMI: GUARDS: DWYANE WADE will continue to take a smaller role during the regular season, as the Heat try desperately to keep him fresh for the playoffs. He's attacking the rim far less than he used to . . . MARIO CHALMERS will continue to start, playing off the ball more than any other point guard . . . RAY ALLEN will once again serve as sixth man, providing long-range shooting off the bench. He didn't start a single game last year, and at age 38, he'll rarely play full-time minutes as Miami looks toward the postseason . . . NORRIS COLE continues to inch up on Chalmers' starting role, improving nicely between his first and second seasons. But as long as Chalmers is the superior shooter, Cole will play behind him. FORWARDS: LEBRON JAMES is the best player in the league by a wide margin. There's no reason he shouldn't win his third straight MVP award . . . SHANE BATTIER is back as a glue guy, flopper and corner-three shooter. He'll play part-time minutes, often coming off the bench . . . UDONIS HASLEM will likely start, but he rarely stays on the floor for even half of a game. The Heat will continue to rotate big men alongside Chris Bosh . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY provides this team with an athlete who can put the ball in the basket coming off the bench. He must prove he can stay focused and out of trouble . . . RASHARD LEWIS may step into a slightly bigger role now that Mike Miller is gone. His troublesome knees won't allow him to play a lot of minutes, but he still shoots it well enough to help for a few minutes a night . . . JAMES JONES might have to do more than enjoy a courtside seat now that Miller is gone. CENTERS: CHRIS BOSH plays center in the Heat's small-ball lineup. He'll do his thing in the high post, and he's one of Miami's rotating rim protectors . . . CHRIS ANDERSEN did enough last postseason to earn a part-time role this year . . . The Heat hope GREG ODEN and Birdman will stagger their injuries. Oden should be part of a rotation alongside Bosh . . . JOEL ANTHONY is a half-step above team mascot.
MINNESOTA: GUARDS: Unlike last year, RICKY RUBIO should be 100 percent healthy for all of this season. He's one of the NBA's most creative playmakers. Now if only he could make a jump shot . . . KEVIN MARTIN has become much more of a catch-and-shoot player after years of attacking the basket and living at the line. He is coming off his best year shooting the ball . . . If the Wolves don't move J.J. BAREA, they'll have him in the sixth man role they initially envisioned before injuries destroyed the roster a year ago . . . ALEXEY SHVED did a nice job holding down this backcourt as a rookie last year, but he's a second-unit talent, which is the role he'll be in this season. FORWARDS: KEVIN LOVE should bounce back completely this season, as his hand injury is unlikely to linger. Lock him into the All-Star game . . . CHASE BUDINGER never got a chance to get going last season, but he's exactly the kind of spot-up shooter and savvy cutter who should thrive alongside Ricky Rubio. Unfortunately, he is sidelined with a knee injury for several months . . . COREY BREWER gives the Timberwolves a defensive specialist to platoon with Budinger. Someone has to convince him he can't shoot, though . . . With Love back, DERRICK WILLIAMS returns to the bench as a seemingly never-ending project . . . SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD seems like a low-risk, but low-reward, second-unit scorer . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM will back up both post spots. He figures to play sparingly unless injuries hit. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC signed a $60M deal in August to return to the team and hold down the low post. He's an absolute beast on the offensive boards . . . GORGUI DIENG seems ready to help off the bench. He's a bit limited athletically and on offense, but can block shots . . . RONNY TURIAF will battle Dieng for bench minutes.
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*Heat-Timberwolves Preview* ===========================


Miami (14-5) at Minnesota (9-10), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Coach Erik Spoelstra doesn't want his Miami Heat to forget about getting bullied around in the paint.

He'd rather they learn from their shortcomings, which could be easier if the NBA's rebounding leader doesn't play for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With Dwyane Wade's status uncertain, the Heat will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak in almost two years Saturday night when they visit a Timberwolves team that may be without Kevin Love.

While LeBron James has helped mask some of the team's deficiencies in the past, Miami's ongoing struggles on the glass have become difficult to ignore after a 107-87 loss at Chicago on Thursday.

The Heat (14-5) allowed 13 offensive boards while getting outrebounded 49-27 and outscored 44-34 in the paint en route to their second straight loss following a 10-game winning streak.

"We can't just brush this loss aside," Spoelstra said. "We have to really own it, to understand what happened. They just got whatever they wanted, right in the paint, at the rim and if they missed those, then they're just beating us up at the glass."

Spoelstra's club has been outrebounded in each of the last seven games, including by a 95-61 margin in the last two. Miami ranks 29th with a minus-4.6 rebounding margin.

The Heat played without Wade (illness) and big man Chris Andersen (personal reasons) on Thursday. While Andersen is expected to rejoin the team, Wade will likely be a game-time decision when it tries to avoid its first three-game slide since Jan. 10-13, 2012.

Miami is 2-3 this season without the nine-time All-Star, who has scored 31 points or more in four of his last five trips to Minneapolis.

The Timberwolves (9-10) have outrebounded their last two opponents by a 90-80 margin, though Love is uncertain to play after leaving the team following the death of his maternal grandmother.

Love, who has yet to miss a game this season, has averaged a team-best 23.7 points while leading the league with 13.6 rebounds and 18 double-doubles. If he isn't able to return, Minnesota is likely to lean on center Nikola Pekovic, who has averaged 20.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in the last four games.

Kevin Martin should be able to help pick up the scoring since he's averaging 26.7 points over the last three.

The Timberwolves, however, will have to tighten things up defensively after surrendering an average of 109.2 points on 51.6 percent shooting - 46.7 from 3-point range - while dropping four of five.

The Heat also have slipped on the defensive end, allowing 107 points in both losses on a combined 50.6 percent shooting - 17 of 35 from beyond the arc.

Minnesota hasn't played in nearly a week after Wednesday's scheduled game against San Antonio in Mexico City was postponed because of smoky conditions inside the arena. The matchup will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.

It's a much-needed break for a team that ran out of gas and allowed 35 fourth-quarter points in a 113-103 loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday.

"We played tired and lost our confidence with what we're supposed to do," Martin told the league's official website. "We'll learn from that and move on."

Dating to his time with Cleveland, James has been a part of 14 straight wins against the Timberwolves. He's averaged 31.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his last eight visits to Minneapolis.

The Heat have won six straight meetings.

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