Coming off of their first ‘wake-up call' of the season, the Miami Heat is in Minnesota tonight to play against rookie Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves. The Heat squeaked by Charlotte on Wednesday night, overcoming a 15-point halftime deficit to pick up their 3rd win of the season. Dwyane Wade hit the game-winning shot with 2.9 seconds left after missing most of the 3rd quarter with a bruised left foot. It also helped that Miami came out after the half and forced 11 3rd quarter turnovers while outscoring the Bobcats 24-10.
Minnesota has dropped both of their games this season despite getting strong efforts from Rubio and all-star Kevin Love, who is coming off a 31-point, 20-rebound effort in a loss to Milwaukee. He also took a Timberwolves franchise record 24 free throws against the Bucks, making 19. Another guy to watch on Minnesota is rookie Derrick Williams, who was taken with the 2nd overall pick in last summer's draft. Williams scored 13 points in his NBA debut but followed it up with just 3 in the loss to Milwaukee.
- Miami has won 3 straight games against the Timberwolves, including wins of 32 and 19 points last season.
- During their franchise history the Heat are just 10-12 in Minnesota.
- A win for the Heat would match their best start in team history.
- The Timberwolves are led by first year coach Rick Adelman.
- Mike Miller (hernia) and Eddy Curry (hip) are out for the Heat.
- For Minnesota, centers Brad Miller (knee) and Nikola Pekovic, as well as guard Martell Webster are out.
- This is the only meeting of the season between Miami and Minnesota.
- The Timberwolves roster includes former Heat 2nd overall pick Michael Beasley and former 2003 Draft 2nd overall pick Darko Milicic, who was picked ahead of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony.
Tipoff from the Target Center is set for 8pm. Let's Go Heat!