|Norris Cole||PG||Mike Conley|
|Dwyane Wade||SG||Tony Allen|
|Luol Deng||SF||Quincy Pondexter|
|Shawne Williams||PF||Zach Randolph|
|Chris Bosh||C||Marc Gasol|
After losing their first four preseason games, the Miami Heat are looking to end the preseason with four consecutive wins. If they are going to do so, it will likely be without their main contingent of players in the final preseason game. As Erik Spoelstra used Tuesday's win over the Houston Rockets as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, he will likely use the final preseason game to rest his rotational players and do a final evaluation of the end of the roster.
We don't know for sure, so Wade and Bosh might play, but if they do, I'm sure it will be limited. If they don't expect Chalmers and Haslem to start in their place.
Their opponent, the Memphis Grizzlies, are also 3-4 in the preseason and are coming off of a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game that LeBron James did not play in.
Memphis sports a big front line that always gives the Heat trouble, and if they play much it will likely be the case again. What we want to watch for with the Heat is the final roster spot battle between Khem Birch and Andre Dawkins. I would think that Spoelstra would give them a little bit of run to give one more showing, especially Dawkins who has played sparingly.
We will also wait and see if Josh McRoberts will play. He has claimed that he is ready, but the Heat staff has been cautionary to his recovery. I think it is doubtful he plays, but what do I know? Spoelstra confirmed that Justin Hamilton will make his debut in this game after a heart procedure earlier this preseason.
And lastly, who is going to emerge as the starting point guard for this team? Norris Cole has been starting lately but hasn't played particularly well, while Chalmers seems to be improving, or is he thriving on the bench?
Either way, the Grizzlies and Heat will face off in Memphis is what should be a telling final game. Not from the final score, but rather from the rotation.
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