It's looking like this will the actual and final dress rehearsal for the Miami Heat before the NBA regular season begins. Yes, the Heat still have one more preseason game after this Friday in Memphis, but all signs point to a regular rotation tonight, and a final evaluation of players on Friday.
Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Luol Deng all sat out Saturday's win in San Antonio, but are expected to play tonight. Their opponent is the Houston Rockets, led by James Harden and Dwight Howard. The Rockets are 4-1 in the preseason so far and will visit the Heat in the regular season in just two weeks.
This will be another test for the Heat's defense as the Rockets were 2nd in league in scoring last season. Although the rosters are different, this should be a great matchup. The game will be televised by TNT, so the start time will be around 8:14 locally.
Prediction: I think the Heat are going to come out and play some better basketball. A solid rotation of players should help that early on. Houston is a good team and isn't going to lie down. This will be a tough win for the Heat, but I think they pull it out and improve to 3-4 in the preseason. Look for Wade to be much more aggressive.
Make sure you tune and in and get a great look at what the Heat rotation will look like this season (minus Josh McRoberts).
|Patrick Beverly||PG||Norris Cole|
|James Harden||SG||Dwyane Wade|
|Trevor Ariza||SF||Luol Deng|
|Terrence Jones||PF||Shawne Williams|
|Dwight Howard||C||Chris Bosh|