GAME PREVIEW: Miami Heat look to take 2-0 series lead back to South Beach vs Bucks
No Tyler Herro for Miami, and Giannis Antetokounmpo listed as doubtful for Milwaukee.
With their backs against the wall and being labeled as the clear underdog of the series, the Miami Heat were able to gut out a win in game 1 vs the Milwaukee Bucks. They will now try to replicate that success tonight and take a commanding 2-0 series lead back to South Beach. The Heat will be without the services of Tyler Herro, who suffered a broken right hand during the first half of the game 1 win.
It is unknown if Giannis Antetokounmpo will be suiting up from his back injury he suffered last game as well, but his status is listed as “doubtful”.
Whether Antetokounmpo plays or not, the goal and game plan remains the same for Miami. They need to try their best to bring their shooting efficiency, especially from 3 point range, back into the mix for game 2. The team needs to limit their turnovers and the bigs in Bam Adebayo and Kevin Love need to be active on the rebounds.
With losing star power in Herro, the Heat have to get this job done as a collective group. It can’t be just Jimmy Butler or bust. The role guys need to come out strong like how they did the last game and contribute with timely buckets and solid defense.
The biggest question mark going into this game for Miami is the starting shooting guard hole left by Herro. There are multiple options coach Spoelstra to go with, but the leading candidates should be expected to be Victor Oladipo or Duncan Robinson. Going with one of those guys doesn’t tinker the bench rotation at all, and is more of a plug-and-play substitution in the starting unit.
Heat fans probably won’t know the official line up until much closer to tip off, as coach Spoelstra was addressed about it yesterday and responded with saying he “doesn’t know” just yet.
Tonight’s game is a slightly later tip off time at 9:00 PM ET and will be nationally televised on NBA TV.
Kyle Lowry (knee) — QUESTIONABLE
Tyler Herro (hand) — OUT
Nikola Jovic (back) — OUT
Giannis Antetokounmpo (back) — DOUBTFUL
Wesley Matthews (calf) — OUT
Probable Starters (at time of publishing):
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Tipoff: 9:00 PM EST
TV: NBA TV & Bally Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty)
Radio: AM 560 Sports WQAM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson)
Spanish Radio: WAQI 710 AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda)
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I hope win today just to stick it to all the negative people and all the doubters. Also if we win..it will put tremendous pressure on the bucks because the longer this series go, then worser it will be for them because they won't be as well rested as Boston or Philly.
Sounds like Giannis is out. No doubt the Bucks are thinking they can take advantage of a Heat letdown game since they won game 1 and let Giannis rest. It's not a bad gamble. Would be nice to stun them again