Preview: Heat visit Pistons in second preseason game

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat hit the road to continue their preseason to face the improved Detroit Pistons.

Dwyane Wade plans to participate in his first preseason game as the Miami Heat will face off against the Detroit Pistons 7:30 P.M. Thursday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Heat will go for 2-0 in preseason play after their easy victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday with little from LeBron James and Wade choosing to rest on the bench.

In their place, Chris Bosh was dominant on the offensive end while Norris Cole and Roger Mason Jr were the highlights off the bench. The end-of-the-bench reserves who are fighting for a possible roster spot allowed a large lead to dissipate quickly near the end of the fourth quarter. Coach Erik Spoelstra will likely shuffle around minutes for projects like Justin Hamilton and Eric Griffin. The starters will likely see their minutes drop significantly in the second half, with a back-to-back game scheduled for tomorrow in Kansas City against the Charlotte Bobcats.

With so many players on the Heat's roster, these two games could be the end of the road for some players such as Larry Drew II and Charlie Westbrook.

For the Pistons, they're bringing back point guard Chauncey Billups - who appears to be the favorite to start alongside fellow newcomer Brandon Jennings. The Pistons also showered free agent Josh Smith with plenty of money to join them as well, though it remains to be seen just how big of a leap in the Eastern Conference standings the Pistons will take with their new players. It's quite possible they can reach the playoffs this year in the weak East.

Bad news for Heat fans is that there is no TV coverage, but they can listen in on the game through The Ticket (790 AM, 104.3 FM)

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