|Last 5 Games||2-3||-5||2-2||3-2||94.8||48.6||49.9%||42.6||94.0||47.8||47.5%||42.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||102.5||52.1||38-76||50.3%||8-22||36.6%||17-23||75.8%||44||8||23||20||9||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.5||50.2||38-83||45.3%||8-21||36.1%||18-23||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||100.1||52.0||37-76||49.0%||8-23||36.2%||17-23||76.1%||43||7||23||21||9||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||97.2||49.5||36-79||45.5%||8-23||35.9%||17-23||75.1%||48||11||21||20||8||16||3|
|vs opponents averaging||100.1||50||37-83||45.1%||8-21||35.9%||18-23||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||97.1||49.4||35-79||45.1%||8-23||36.0%||18-24||74.9%||50||11||22||20||8||15||3|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+0.3||3-2||0-5||91.2||41.2||44.7%||50.2||91.2||50.4||42.9%||51.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||100.3||50.6||39-84||45.6%||8-21||37.8%||15-21||73.3%||50||11||23||20||8||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.9||50.5||38-83||45.4%||8-22||36.2%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||100.0||50.8||38-83||46.1%||7-19||35.6%||16-21||75.6%||49||10||23||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||99.4||50.3||37-81||45.8%||7-21||35.1%||18-23||76.4%||51||10||22||20||8||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||100.3||50.1||37-83||45.2%||8-21||35.7%||18-23||75.5%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||98.4||50.3||37-81||45.8%||7-21||35.1%||17-22||76.9%||50||10||21||20||8||15||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 94.8, WASHINGTON 95|
|3/6/2014||@ SAN ANTONIO||87-111||L||3.5||L||206.5||U||34-79||43.0%||39||20||40-79||50.6%||52||17|
|3/22/2014||@ NEW ORLEANS||95-105||L||-5||L||196.5||O||37-73||50.7%||42||15||43-84||51.2%||44||6|
|4/14/2014||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/21/2014||@ LA LAKERS||117-107||W||-5||W||218.5||O||42-87||48.3%||54||19||43-91||47.3%||54||21|
|4/4/2014||@ NEW YORK||90-89||W||5.5||W||195.5||U||38-78||48.7%||49||15||34-76||44.7%||40||16|
|4/14/2014||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||@ BOSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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.|
|WASHINGTON: GUARDS: Late last year, JOHN WALL finally started to fulfill his promising talent. He got wherever he wanted on the court, and the Wizards were very tough to guard with all the shooters surrounding him . . . BRADLEY BEAL and Wall should mesh beautifully. Beal is a potentially elite shooter, and he rebounds very well for a guard . . . ERIC MAYNOR is fully healthy again after tearing his ACL two seasons ago. He can play some alongside Wall, but mostly he'll be the league's best back-up point guard again . . . GLEN RICE JR. doesn't shoot it nearly as well as his father, but he's an athlete who could break into the rotation down the line . . . GARRETT TEMPLE is insurance in case Wall or Maynor goes down. FORWARDS: The Wizards need NENʒS low post offense. It seems inevitable that they'll have to cap his minutes . . . OTTO PORTER is likely to step into the starting lineup early on. They need his defense, as he can guard twos through fours . . . MARTELL WEBSTER will platoon with Porter, providing another outstanding shooter for Wall to feed . . . TREVOR ARIZA is playing out the string on an untradeable deal . . . TREVOR BOOKER has some use as a screener and low-post banger, but not much else . . . AL HARRINGTON may be inefficient, but he can score points in a hurry and is a decent defender'JAN VESELY is still trying to figure out the NBA, though it's too early to give up on his athleticism . . . CHRIS SINGLETON can defend, but he's no more than a garbage-time player due to his atrocious offense. CENTERS: EMEKA OKAFOR may be absurdly overpaid, but he's settled in as a passable starter who helps defensively and doesn't hurt on offense. He'll also miss the beginning of the season with a herniated disc . . . With Okafor's deal expiring at the end of the year, KEVIN SERAPHIN is auditioning to be Washington's center of the future. After showing promise two seasons ago, he was a disaster last season.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MIAMI-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Heat-Wizards Preview* ======================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Miami (54-26) at Washington (42-38), 7:00 p.m. EDT
One night after winning a showdown for control of the Eastern Conference's top seed, the Miami Heat gave it right back by losing to a sub-.500 opponent - even with Dwyane Wade returning.
Now the Heat's hopes of claiming that spot could be gone Monday night if they don't win on the road against the Washington Wizards, a team motivated by the chance to avoid opening the playoffs against one of those No. 1 seed contenders.
Miami (54-26) moved a half-game ahead of Indiana for the East's best record with a 98-86 victory over the Pacers on Friday despite missing Wade for a ninth straight game due to a sore hamstring. He returned the next day and scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, but the Heat committed 20 turnovers and lost 98-85 in Atlanta.
That left them tied atop the East, but Indiana owns the tiebreaker due to a better conference record and regained a half-game lead on Miami by beating Oklahoma City on Sunday. That means the Heat can only gain the No. 1 seed if they win Monday and against Philadelphia on Wednesday while the Pacers lose at Orlando.
"It's not finished. I see the standings," LeBron James said Saturday. "... There's a couple games still left and the seedings are changing every day."
The Heat have lost three of four to fall to 11-12 since March 4, including 3-8 on the road, but received a boost Saturday from Wade playing well in just his second game in three weeks.
"It was good, better than I can envision," Wade said. "When you're out so long, you're just thinking of getting your wind back."
This game would be a first-round preview if Miami finishes with the No. 2 seed and Washington drops to seventh.
The Wizards (42-38) are currently sixth with a one-game lead on Charlotte, but the Bobcats hold that season series tiebreaker. Each team has two games remaining.
"We gotta try to win the last two games. That game with Miami is gonna be a tough one," Washington's John Wall said. "... We gotta keep winning. We know if we go to a tie, (the Bobcats) get the spot and we don't."
Washington has bounced back from Wednesday's overtime loss to Charlotte by beating last-place teams Orlando and Milwaukee, clinching its first winning record since 2007-08.
"We knew we could be an above-.500 team, we knew we could be a playoff team and we accomplished those two goals," Bradley Beal said after scoring 26 points in Saturday's 104-91 win over the Bucks. "Now it's up to us ... to keep our six seed and move on to the playoffs."
Finishing sixth is critical because Washington would avoid the Heat or Pacers to begin the postseason. The Wizards have lost 12 straight visits to Indiana and 10 of 12 overall to the Pacers. They've lost by an average of 19.3 points in their last four at Miami and are 4-10 against the Heat since James' arrival.
Wade and Wall have been difference-makers in this season's series, which Miami leads 2-1 after a 99-90 victory March 10. Wade had a combined 42 points in the Heat's two wins and was held to eight on 4-of-14 shooting in a 114-97 loss at Washington on Jan. 15. Wall had 25 points that night, but he totaled 18 on 6-of-20 shooting in the other two matchups.
Miami's Chris Bosh has not scored more than 15 in five straight games but has averaged 24.0 in this season series.
Nene missed the Wizards' two losses to Miami but had 19 points and a career-high nine assists in their win, and he's hoping to play after sitting out Saturday when his troublesome knee stiffened.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 6:26:30 AM EST|