After their supreme effort against Orlando on Friday night, the Heat now head north to New Jersey to face the surprisingly unbeaten Nets. Led by 1st year coach Avery Johnson (and new owner Mikhail Prokhorov) the Nets are looking sharp and with their two wins are a mere ten wins away from matching their total from last season.
New Jersey has scored over 100 points in both of their wins. They also had to come from behind both times, trailing Detroit by 7 with under two minutes to go before coming back and winning 101-98, then they were down by 8 with under four minutes left against Sacramento but still came back and won 106-100.
If Miami plays defense today the way they did Friday against Orlando, the Nets are going to have a much more difficult time reaching the century mark. As most of these early games go, it will be a nice test for both teams to gauge how they are doing. For Miami, every game is a test to see how well they are doing as a team on both ends. For New Jersey, if they can knock off the Heat then it would really say something about their early season achievements.
- Miami swept the 4-game series with the Nets last season.
- In those four games, the Heat held New Jersey to under 90 points each time.
- For the Nets, Troy Murphy (back) is out and Jordan Farmar (ankle) will be a game-time decision.
- Mike Miller is out for Miami.
- The Heat has won 6 of their last 7 visits to New Jersey.
- LeBron James has averaged 28.3 points per game against the Nets in his career.
- This is the Nets first season playing in the Prudential Center, the beautiful new arena in Newark. It has been open since 2007 but only housed the NHL's New Jersey Devils (amongst other lesser known teams/colleges) until this season.
Early tipoff from Newark is set for 1pm. I'm curious how many fans from Miami will be watching the Heat live or setting their DVR to watch the game after the Dolphins-Bengals, who also play at 1. Hopefully it's a double victory Sunday for Miami fans. Lets Go Heat/Dolphins!!