Jan 26, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs point guard Cory Joseph (5) defends during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs


For the last time in the 2014 regular season, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will play a basketball game against each other. Is this the first time they will be competing at full health in the regular season? In the Big-3 era? Tim Duncan has sat out when they’ve played in the past. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have rested. And Kawhi Leonard wasn’t this good two years ago. So what are we in store for?

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Offensive Rating

Miami Heat: 110.6 (1st)

San Antonio Spurs: 107.4 (7th)

Defensive Rating

Miami Heat: 102.9 (13th)

San Antonio Spurs 100.6 (5th)

LeBron James. Dwyane Wade. Chris Bosh. Tony Parker. Tim Duncan. Manu Ginobili. Offense! Although Miami and San Antonio can play elite defense, I’m not expecting 100-percent focus on locking down. The Heat have tailed off defensively. In previous years they were hovering around the top-5 and top-10 but there way outside of this year.

Neither played yesterday. I’m predicting mid-100′s.

X Factor

Patty Mills. What happened the first time they played on January 26th? He got evaporated. 3 points. 1-of-6 shooting.

Mills is averaging 10 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He’s accurate, too. 47-percent from field. 41-percent from distance. In extended minutes in February, he averaged 16.3 points. He dropped 32 in Charlotte and 29 in Portland.  It helped going against guys like Kemba Walker and Damian Lillard that aren’t threats defensively. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole are speedy in space. It won’t be easy for him but I like his chances tonight.

Prediction

Miami 109, San Antonio 104

 

 

 

 

 

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