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Tipoff: 7 PM ET, Wednesday October 27, 2010
Where: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV/Radio: Sun Sports, WINZ 940
Spread: Miami by 8
Records: Miami 0-1, Philly 0-0
Keys To The Game
- Work inside out - Chris Bosh was suffocated by the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett last night, shooting an abysmal 3-for-11 from the field. Elton Brand is no Garnett and Bosh has the quickness and length advantage inside. Establishing him early will be important to open everything else up.
- Wade and LeBron coexisting – Last night it looked like it was the first time these pals played together. The Heat played better with Wade off the floor. They need to adapt and learn how to utilize each other’s talents at the same time. Wade’s going to have to be more of a factor as a slasher off the ball when LeBron is handling the rock.
- Isolate Wade on the low wing - Former Heat shooter Jason Kapono will likely guard Carlos Arroyo, leaving Jrue Holiday on Wade and Andre Iguodala on James. Holiday doesn’t have the strength to keep Wade away from the rim. Keep an eye on that matchup.
- Defend with physicality – Wade and James need to take the opposition’s top-two perimeter players out of the game. In this case it’s Iguodala and Holiday, with the latter being a solid outside shooter. Kapono and Thaddeus Young can also light it up from deep. The Heat must close out on shooters.