In a series that has seen Miami stumble out of the gate on several occasions, the Heat will look to get out to a fast start tonight in Game 5 against Philadelphia. Following practice on Tuesday at the AAA, the topic of discussion was on Miami getting the jump on the Sixers and making this game's results a forgone conclusion well before the 4th quarter rolls around.
Considering the Heat are making a point of starting the game on a high note, I think they are going to do just that and jump all over Philly in the opening quarter. Game 4 is likely going to act as a wake-up call for Miami, who had been having a somewhat easy time getting the first 3 wins despite a couple of poor starts in Games 1 and 3. After finishing Game 4 getting outscored 10-0 over the final 82 seconds, you know that Miami is chomping at the bit to get out there and make something happen.
As we touched on earlier, Erik Spoelstra will stick with the same lineup that he has been using for the past several weeks despite seeming to get more production in this series when bringing in Joel Anthony and Mario Chalmers off the bench to replace Mike Bibby and Zydrunas. Big Z has made some thing happen for Miami but Bibby is in need of a jump-start.
- If LeBron James scores 20+ points he'll join D-Wade and Shaq as only Heat players to score 20 or more points in 5 straight games.
- Miami had won 10 consecutive games over the Sixers before losing Game 4 on Sunday.
- Dwyane Wade has scored in double figures in 67 straight playoff games, a Heat record.
- One more double double would tie Dwyane with Shaquille O'Neal for most all-time for Miami with 15.
- During the series, Miami is plus-27 in rebounding.
- The Heat has sold out 46 consecutive playoff games.
- Udonis Haslem (foot) is doubtful for Miami and Mike Miller (thumb) is questionable.
- Philadelphia continues to not report any injuries.
Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7pm. The game will be broadcast nationally on TNT as well as locally on Sun Sports. Game Thread kicks off at 6. Lets Go Heat!!