The Miami Heat (1-2) travel north to face the Orlando Magic (2-2) at the Amway Center on Tuesday night. Miami won their first game of the preseason, a 97-94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. They'll look to keep winning versus Orlando, even as several key players might sit out this second game of a back-to-back set.
The Magic have been a difficult team to define over the last few seasons. They've lacked a true superstar for some time but have some promising talent on their roster. Moreover, they've added Scott Skiles (a longtime point guard with Orlando) as the team's head coach. He's instilling a dedication to defense and hard-nosed play the team has been missing for some time. While a shot at the postseason may not be possible this year, the foundation of Skiles and his young core has this team on the rise.
As for Miami, several players could be sitting this one out. Hassan Whiteside's status remains unclear as he continues to nurse a calf injury that has kept him from playing this preseason. Possibly joining him on the sidelines will be Dwyane Wade, as he played Monday night, and Josh McRoberts, Amar'e Stoudemire and Mario Chalmers all sat out against the Spurs. Still, this is a good thing, as it gives head coach Erik Spoelstra an opportunity to play other key role players for extended minutes.
Gerald Green (who scored 17 vs. San Antonio) will be expected to take up some of the scoring load. And the rookie duo of Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson must continue to impress and, moreover, remain consistent. The offense for both players has been unsurprisingly hit-or-miss, but their defense - especially on the perimeter - has been very solid.
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The Heat lost to Orlando earlier this preseason, courtesy of a buzzer-beating shot by none other than former Miami point guard Shabazz Napier: