Heat host Pistons, look for fourth straight win

Chris Bosh needs to play aggressively tonight. - Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat will look for a measure of revenge for the Pistons' 109-99 win over Miami Dec. 28.

Before heading out on a four-game road trip that begins with Ray Allen's return to Boston, the Miami Heat will host the Detroit Pistons tonight at 7:30. For Miami, this game represents a chance to build on its current three-game winning streak and exact a measure of revenge for last month's embarrassing loss to Detroit at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Miami overcame a lackadaisical first half to defeat the Toronto Raptors in overtime Wednesday. Miami dominated Toronto on the glass -- thanks to double-digit rebounds from Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Udonis Haslem. James actually notched a triple-double, and Allen made a dagger 3-pointer to put Miami up six with 59 seconds left. But perhaps only second to the 53-28 rebounding margin, Dwyane Wade's superb play was the most encouraging element of that game. Having played exceptionally well over the last month or so, Wade scored a season-high 35 points on 13-of-19 shooting. Wade consistently made decisive plays during Miami's third-quarter rally and in crunch time.

In Miami's last game against the Pistons, Wade was not available due to a one-game suspension. The Dec. 28 visit to Detroit started a period of malaise for Miami, as the Heat went 4-6 after winning six straight in December. Miami should have beaten the Pistons, a 16-26 team currently, without Wade. But Detroit scored an incredible 41 points in the second quarter Dec. 28, making 12 3s in the entire game (the Raptors made 14 3s Wednesday). Outside of James and Bosh, Miami's leading scorer was Udonis Haslem, who scored seven points.

Time after time, the Heat players have proven that they can go into another gear defensively. The loss to Detroit may add motivation, and Wade's presence will certainly help ease the scoring burden off of James and Bosh. Allen shot 3-for-13 in Miami's first meeting with the Pistons, and he has seemingly always played better at home. Miami's supporting cast is still far from ideal, but the Heat should be fine as long as the Big Three and Allen show up.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Hot Hot Hoops

You must be a member of Hot Hot Hoops to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hot Hot Hoops. You should read them.

Join Hot Hot Hoops

You must be a member of Hot Hot Hoops to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hot Hot Hoops. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker