LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Battle T'Wolves in Michael Beasley's Return

Danny DolphinAnalyst INovember 2, 2010

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Miami Heat vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Tipoff: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

TV/Radio: Sun Sports, Winz 940

Spread: Miami by 15.5

Records: Miami 3-1, Minnesota 1-2

Notes

  • Michael Beasley makes his return to Miami for the first time since being traded this summer.
  • Kevin Love—clearly Minnesota’s best player—has mysteriously only played 25 minutes per game.

Keys to The Game

Body Up on the Boards 

Minnesota’s biggest strength is rebounding.

They lead the league in this category, out-rebounding opponents by an average of 12.7 per game. Miami isn’t very big up front, so getting good position on guys like Love (13.0 rpg) will be important.

 

Defensive Pressure

The Wolves are careless with the basketball, averaging a league-worst 20.7 turnovers.

Clamping down on the passing lanes will allow Miami to initiate the fast break and let Dwyane Wade and LeBron James do what they do best.

 

Make Beasley Earn His Points

Beasley is the No. 1 option offensively, and the best way to defend him is to pressure him and be physical.

James should shut the former Heat product down.