Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons preseason preview

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Set to play their 4th preseason game , the Miami Heat will take on the Detroit Pistons Thursday at the American Airlines arena. Despite leading the southeast division in preseason thus far, the Heat will look to improve upon their 1-2 record.

The Game

Miami will once again start Norris Cole at point guard and may rely on the sophomore for longer than expected. Mario Chalmers practiced on Tuesday with the Heat but is still recovering from his sore quadrecep. Chalmers participated in the Heat's first practice on Tuesday since returning from China and informed the media that he's taking it slow.

"I'm just going to take my time and get ready for the home opener. You don't want to rush back and eventually pull it even more". - Chalmers said

Udonis Haslem has also yet to make his preseason debut but sounded more optimistic than Chalmers.

"I feel pretty good. I just got a little tightness in my quad for precaution. The coaches and the training staff think it's best for me to work on a little bit more and get a little bit more flexibility" - Haslem said.

Joel Anthony is still recovering from a sore hamstring and will sit out once again. Dwyane Wade is probable but could play in just 1 of Miami's next 2 preseason games.

Erik Spoelstra has elected to continue starting Shane Battier at power forward and it will be interesting to see how that pans out over the course of the preseason and regular season. LeBron James and Chris Bosh are set to start as well against the Pistons.

What to watch for

The Pistons did a nice job enhancing their front court in this years draft, adding big man Andre Drummond alongside rising star Greg Monroe. The two bigs should form quite the front court tandem going forward and it will be interesting to see how the Heat strategize defensively. Battier will have his hands full trying to guard Monroe and with Haslem and Anthony likely sidelined, perhaps Spoelstra will tinker with his lineups or allow Dexter Pittman and Josh Harrellson to get extended run.

Enjoy the game Heat fans.

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