On the road again for the Miami Heat as they will play their third away game out of four to start the season. The team had the day off again as they continue their quest to get in NBA shape without getting too cozy with the unforgiving schedule.
The Nets are only 10 victorious games away from matching their entire output from last season with wins over the Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings. That's 1/6th of the way, although it was against the Pistons and Kings. Nevertheless, they should be much improved from last season, although that may be obvious as they're nowhere to go but up for Mikhail Prokhorov's crew. Despite losing out to many prime free agents over the season, they still added to their core of Devin Harris and Brook Lopez, who are both well above average in two positions that teams would love to have in those crucial spots. Like Miami.
For those that like these sort of things, the Nets are 11-23 (.324) all-time in games immediately following home openers.
Keep an eye out for Nets rookie Derrick Favors who could be a handful against the Heat. Fellow lottery pick Evan Turner already impressed with his play during the Philadelphia Sixers loss to the Heat in their home opener.
Your guess is as good as mine as to which three Heat players will be inactive for tomorrow's game. Only Mike Miller is a lock in a seemingly random rotation that has included Jerry Stackhouse, Jamaal Magloire, Dexter Pittman, Juwan Howard and Mario Chalmers.
Troy Murphy's back will keep him out of the starting lineup for New Jersey and Jordan Farmar is a game time decision with an ankle issue.
Anthony Morrow needs to hit 21 three-pointers to qualify for the NBA's all-time highest three-point field goal percentage as he is on pace (.461) to break current leader Steve Kerr (.454). The Heat should keep an eye on him.
In two weeks it will be one year since the Nets were one point away from getting their first victory of the year in Miami on their tenth game. Dwyane Wade hit a three with 0.1 seconds left to crush their hopes. They didn't get their first win until December 4th against the Charlotte Bobcats in their 19th game. The Nets got their revenge in the last game of the season by losing to the Heat and help them to a #5 seed and a date with the Boston Celtics instead of the Atlanta Hawks. Thanks a lot!
Nets: Travis Outlaw, Joe Smith (yes, that Joe Smith), Brook Lopez, Anthony Morrow, Devin Harris
Heat: LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Carlos Arroyo