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Game #46: Detroit Pistons (17-29) vs. Miami Heat (31-14)

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Look for a bounce-back game from LeBron James tonight against Detroit.
Look for a bounce-back game from LeBron James tonight against Detroit.

The Miami Heat will look to bounce back from their tough loss in New York last night when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to South Beach.  Hopefully the trip from frigid Manhattan back down south to not-so-chilly Miami will warm up the Heat's shooting because they went absolutely cold in the 4th quarter. 

Dwyane Wade seemed to be just fine wearing his tinted eyewear, especially when he made 13 straight field goals through the end of the 3rd quarter.  Once the 4th hit though, he missed his final 7 shots.  LeBron James wasn't much better, making just 4-of-18 through 3 quarters before making 3 layups in the 4th.  His lack of production was quite uncharacteristic for a LeBron game in the Garden, but you can't be perfect every game.

I think it's a little worse that Joel Anthony had more points in the 4th quarter then D-Wade.  Regardless, its time to move on and focus on tonight's opponent.  Detroit comes in winners of 5 of their last 8 games despite having just 17 wins on the season.  Their last win came on Monday in Orlando so this it definitely not a team to overlook. 

It should be an easier night then usual for D-Wade.  Why?  Normally when Miami plays the Pistons Wade has Richard Hamilton draped all over him, but Rip has had some issues with Detroit coach John Kuester.  It's gotten to the point where Hamilton was been benched for 8 straight games before missing their last one with the flu. 

GAME NOTES

  • Miami beat the Pistons by 25 points when they met back in December.  Detroit scored just 9 points in the 3rd quarter of that one. 
  • This will be the 11th time this season the Heat has played a back-to-back.  They are 7-3 on the 2nd night of those sets so far. 
  • Dwyane Wade is averaging 29.2 points in his last six games and LeBron James is averaging 33.4 in his last five. 
  • Miami has won 6 of their last 7 games against Detroit.  Prior to that the Pistons had won 9 of 10. 
  • Chris Bosh (ankle) and Udonis Haslem (foot) are out for the Heat.
  • Detroit will be without Terrico White (foot) and Jonas Jerebko (Achilles).  Rodney Stuckey (shoulder) and Richard Hamilton (flu) are questionable...but I doubt Hamilton plays regardless of his health. 

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