Heat fans in South Florida will get their second chance to see LeBron James, Chris Bosh and co. tonight when Miami hosts CSKA Moscow at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat are coming off a pretty ugly 2nd half on Saturday in San Antonio which led to their first loss of the preseason. They were however without several regular players.
Miami will play with a more complete roster and are absolutely looking to come away with the ‘W' tonight against their opponents from Russia. Nobody on the team is looking to deal with the effects of losing to a non-NBA team, especially Chris Bosh. His Toronto Raptors lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv back in 2005, who hadn't beaten an NBA team in 27 years. Said Bosh:
"Just to be honest, nobody wants to lose to a team from Europe, no offense to any of the European teams, especially at home. I've lost to a team from Europe, and it wasn't too good in the media the day after. We don't want that feeling here. At the end of the day, it's a ball game. Every time we step on the court, we want to win."
I'm hoping that the playing time will be distributed among all the players similarly to the way it was during the first preseason game against Detroit. After several of the regulars getting either most or all of Saturday's game in San Antonio off, the team should be nice and rested and ready to continue preparing for the October 26th opener in Boston.
- For the Heat, Da'Sean Butler (knee) is out. Dwyane Wade (hamstring) is doubtful while Carlos Arroyo (groin), Eddie House (shoulder) and Jamaal Magloire (knee) are questionable.
- If Arroyo doesn't go, its another opportunity for Kenny Hasbrouck and Pat Beverly to step up and earn that final roster spot.
- This is the first time the Heat have played an exhibition game against international team at the AAA.
- As for CSKA Moscow, this is the first of three exhibition games for them. They will also play the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
- Looks like the Heat will go with their 'usual' starting lineup of LeBron, Bosh, Anthony, Chalmers and Mike Miller taking D-Wade's spot.
Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7:30. Again, no TV for this one...but you can catch the radio feed on AM 940.