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Golden State Warriors (10-2) @ Miami Heat (8-6)
7:30 PM EST @ AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
Watch on SunSports or NBATV and Listen on 790 the Ticket
|Stephen Curry||PG||Mario Chalmers|
|Klay Thompson||SG||Dwyane Wade|
|Harrison Barnes||SF||Luol Deng|
|Draymond Green||PF||Shawne Williams|
|Marreese Speights||C||Chris Bosh|
The Warriors are started their 5-game road trip with a win over Oklahoma City on Sunday night. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, both in the top ten in scoring, were out-done by teammate Marreese Speights who had 28 poiints to help led he Warriors to a 10-2 record on the young season.
Now, the Warriors will visit Miami to take on a Heat team who has won two in a row and is looking for some consistency. After wins in Orlando, and at home against Charlotte, the Heat will host a Western Conference team for the first time since they played the Houston Rockets. The Heat have lost 3 of their last 4 home games.
The Warriors are in the top ten in the NBA in scoring, defense, assists and rebounds. It's going to be a tall order for the Heat to top the Warriors.
KEYS TO THE GAME
The status of Dwyane Wade is unclear at this point, but it seems possible he will play. Wade went through shoot-around for the last two games but has missed 6 straight games for the Heat. They could really use him because they will also be without Chris Andersen who hurt his ankle on Sunday night. Norris Cole should be considered doubtful as well.
For the Warriors, both Andrew Bogut and Leandro Barbosa found themselves hurt in the last game and their statuses are uncertain. The Warriors will likely also be without David Lee who is recovering from a hamstring injury. All those injuries are piling up, but both teams still have plenty of weapons to scare.
This is an area the Warriors excel in and the Heat usually don't. Without David Lee maybe it's a bit different but the Heat will have to contain the Warriors on the offensive glass, and chase down loose balls. Udonis Haslem should get some time alongside Chris Bosh and that should help Miami. But if the Heat aren't quick to the ball, and they give the Warriors multiple chances to score, it's going to be tough for them to stay close.
Guarding Steph Curry
He's one of the most exciting players in the NBA to watch. He's quick with the ball, can shoot before you say shoot, and a great passer. Curry is averaging 7.8 APG this season. Without Norris Cole, the Heat are going to have a hard time putting any breaks on Curry. Shabazz Napier shouldn't be expected to guard him effectively and Chalmers has always had a bit of trouble stopping Curry.
How the Heat take the ball out of his hands and force him to do things he doesn't want to do will have a big impact on how the game ends. This should be the focal point of the Heat's gameplan: stopping Steph Curry from being comfortable. And never let up, because at any time he can get hot.