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Game 11: Miami Heat at Washington Wizards

The overarching story here is the health of Dwyane Wade, who is starting to feel those aches and pains that naturally follow from Wade's recent workload and persistent style of play. You'll recall that Miami beat the Wiz rather handily recently, and there's no reason why that can't happen again at their place. But it's hard to think about anything but Wade's health. It's a paradox - Miami can't win without him playing major minutes, but if he plays major minutes he's probably going to get hurt, and then Miami really can't win. That's a real pickle.

Matchup of the night: Caron Butler vs. Shawn Marion.

Butler got thoroughly shut down last time out against Miami, so you know he'd like to set things right. Marion's greatest value to this team is in defense and rebounding, so it'd be nice to see him put up strong efforts in each category.

Opposing player I'm scared of: Andray Blatche.

He certainly didn't do it last time out against the Heat (1 point, 1 rebound in 13 minutes) but Blatche is the kind of frontcourt presence that should fare well against The Three Forwards. I'm kind of shocked he's not playing more, particularly with Brendan Haywood out. I think he'll get it together.