The Miami Heat are coming off a really good victory on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. Now, they'll see their first back-to-back of the season as the visit the Indiana Pacers. The Heat (3-2) and Pacers (2-3) have seen their better days in recent years, and although the rosters have shifted a lot since their recent rivalry, the game should still be entertaining.
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MIAMI HEAT@ INDIANA PACERS
8:00 PM EST on ESPN
|Goran Dragic||PG||George Hill|
|Dwyane Wade||SG||Monta Ellis|
|Luol Deng||SF||Paul George|
|Chris Bosh||PF||Lavoy Allen|
|Hassan Whiteside||C||Jordan Hill|
Miami -- Gerald Green (undisclosed illness), OUT, Mario Chalmers (ankle), questionable
Indiana -- C.J. Miles (ankle) questionable, Ian Mahinmi (back), questionable
Due to injury, the Pacers have made a recent shift in their lineup and use of Paul George. George started the season, although not in agreement, as the power forward for the team. Now, with injuries to starting center Ian Mahinmi, George has moved back to the small forward position.
The change could drastically change how the Heat play the Pacers. In fact, without Mahinmi, the Pacers are left with a thin Jordan Hill up front and a rookie, Myles Turner, to try and slow Hassan Whiteside. And Whiteside is starting to feast on teams. How the Pacers defend Whiteside will shape this game.
Luol Deng will take the primary matchup against Paul George and should make him work for everything. George seems to enjoy playing the Heat and will probably play well. However, I think the biggest matchup with be between Wade and Ellis. Dwyane is going to have to defend really well and for long stretches against him and Rodney Stuckey and that can be taxing. Without Green and Chalmers, and on a B2B, the Heat may be in some trouble there.
George Hill should be an easier assignment for Goran Dragic as he isn't a small and quick guard. Not much to worry about there, although Hill has played well so far this season. Chris Bosh needs to have a statement game here and play off his solid 16/12 game from last night.
This game will be played at a little slower of a pace, but it should be a battle.
Oh, and just so you know...the Pacers will be dressed a little funny on Friday night.