Game #22: Miami Heat (13-8) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (7-12)

The Miami Heat head into this 4-game road trip flying higher then they have all season.  Slowly but surely the offense is starting to click, and while there are still plenty of things that need to be fine-tuned and improved upon, the progress they have been making is greatly welcomed.  With the Big 3 starting to get comfortable and know what is needed from then to win, things continue to look brighter.

Now the Heat begins their longest road trip of the season and in all honesty, it should be a successful one.  The first stop is tonight in Milwaukee, playing in the arena where Dwyane Wade has his number retired from his college days at Marquette University.  Wade has been playing very well of late, shooting 55% and averaging 22.5 points and 7.3 rebounds over his last 6 games.

One guy on the Bucks that scares the crap out of me is Andrew Bogut.  I know that 2nd year stud Brandon Jennings is playing well and leading the team in points and assists but when Bogut is healthy the dude just dominates.  Labeled as injury prone, he had missed Milwaukee's last five games before returning for their last game against Orlando.

He took advantage of a Dwight Howard-less Magic team by scoring a season-high 31 points and matching his season-high with 18 rebounds, including 8 on the offensive glass.  The one chink in his armour is that he is a poor free throw shooter, but even that will only get them so far.  It will be a tough task to keep Bogut off the glass so we'll see what Joel Anthony and Erik Dampier, who has been playing some very good defense, can bring to the table tonight. 

GAME NOTES

  • Miami has held their opponent to under 80 points in two of their last three games.  The Heat is 3-0 when doing so.
  • The Heat went 1-3 against the Bucks last season.  Miami has had some success at the Bradley Center though, winning 3 of their last 4 visits.
  • Milwaukee has lost 7 of their last 9 games. 
  • LeBron James has won 15 of his last 18 games against the Bucks, averaging 29.3 points in those contests.
  • Still just Mike Miller (thumb) and Udonis Haslem (foot) showing up on the Heat's injury report. 
  • As for the Bucks, Drew Gooden (foot) is questionable, Carlos Delfino (neck) is doubtful and Michael Redd (knee) is out. 

Tipoff from the Bradley Center is set for 8pm.  Unfortunately, I'm going to miss the next three games...but I'll be back on Friday when hopefully the Heat will still be on their winning streak.  Keebler and tedhill will be running the show while I'm gone.  Have a great week.   

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