Miami Heat's third game of the Las Vegas Summer League.
Who are we playing against?
When will the game take place?
Tonight at 10:30 pm est time!
Where can I watch it?
NBA TV, Summer League Broadband and useful-but frowned upon websites that I cannot mention.
Why are they playing against each other?
Because the two undefeated titans cannot leave a battle against each other, still undefeated. And besides, Miami Heat does not want to share the number one spot.
More words and numbers after the jump.
Story thus far
After a record breaking performance, Miami Heat is geared up to take on the Golden State Warriors. Both teams have been on a tear out of the gate -- each recording double-digit victories over their opposition en route to an undefeated mark of two wins and zero losses entering tonight's 10:30 pm Eastern Time game.
The Golden State Warriors, having last played the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, is eager to get back on the fast track after a three day break. The Warriors were last seen extending their undefeated mark with an eleven-point victory over the Denver Nuggets. Before that, a forty-point drubbing of the Los Angeles Lakers. Thus far, Klay Thompson has been their showstopper - picking up from where he left off towards the end of last season, averaging twenty points on fifty-one percent shooting, seventy-one from behind the arc. He's tied for second on his team in the rebounding alongside former Heat draft pick hopeful, Festus Ezeli, at 6. In addition to scoring, he also leads the Warriors in assists (4.5) and is tied for the top spot in blocks per game with 1.5 alongside Festus Ezeli. The 6'7" swingman is definitely showing why Mark Jackson gave him a bigger role last season. Who else should we look out for? Both rookies number 40- Harrison Barnes, a 6’8" forward out of North Carolina, and number 31- Festus Ezeli, a 6’11" center out of Vanderbilt. Barnes, 7th overall in this year’s draft, has been off to a fast start putting up points in a bunch and taking advantage of mismatches. In his debut Summer League game he scored 23 points on 8 of 13 shooting (61.5%) and was 4 for 4 from the land of three. What’s interesting to note in that game, Barnes played the most minutes of any Warrior. He is leading his team in steals with 2.5 a game, minutes (30), offensive rebounds per game (2) and 3-pt shooting percentage (100%). Not to mention he’s second on his team in scoring with 18. Why Festus? We didn’t even draft him! Honestly to only see if he would have been a great fit on the team. At the moment his averages are, 7 points (50% FG), 6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 turnovers a game.
On the other (and better) side, our beloved Miami Heat is in their second summer league season appearance is showing us why they undefeated in the summer league. In their first game, viewers watched the Heat clawing their way to twelve-point victory over the Toronto Raptors. The team as a whole shot went 22-68 (32.4%) from the field with 23 of those attempts coming from behind the 3-point line, converting only on four attempts (17.4%). The chucking allowed for the Raptors to outrebound the Heat 38 to 33. While the Heat did keep turnovers in check, with 11 they only had 10 assists, a .9 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Knowing that they are capable of producing a much better outing, Miami Heat Summer League players wanted it to be known to everyone and performed a 180. Unfortunately for the Lakers, coming off back-to-back losses, would bear the brunt of the Heat. Monday's game against the Lakers showed everyone what Miami's Summer League team is capable of. With better shot selections, crisp passes, and overall effort en route to a 106-56 shellacking of the Los Angeles Lakers and in the process breaking the record of largest margin of victory in NBA Summer League victory with 50.The Heat was much more efficient from the field than last game with a field goal percentage of 52.7 and a 3-point field goal percentage of 40.9 -- five players were in double figures! Turnovers decreased from 9 and their assists jumped to 27, a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio. While the team did get outrebounded again, their overall effort was great. Miami's Summer League Big 3 consisting of Norris Cole, Terrel Harris, and Dexter Pittman combined for 40 points. Also check out...pretty much everybody that's playing, seriously we have a really good team. Especially look out for Drew Viney, a 6'8" forward from Loyola Marymount.
Where are thou?
-Justin Hamilton, our first-second round draft pick and only ‘active’ seven footer (sorry Curry). He has missed both of our Summer League games with a hamstring injury. A lot of potential was seen in him and his hamstring injury will hurt his chances on making the cut.
-Jarvis Varnado, injured.
-Robert Dozier, injured.
And finally....Who/What are you looking forward to?
Personally, I'm looking forward to the aforementioned Big 3 especially, Norris Cole, who was pretty darn good. Last game, he had 11 points on 2 for 2 shooting and relentlessly attacked the basket whenever he got the chance earning and converting all 7 free throw attempts, and 6 assists all in the first half! Cole finished the game with 13 points, 9 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal. I'm also looking forward to a win of course.
So sit back, relax, chat, and watch the game.