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Old 04-01-2011, 12:27 PM   #1
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Default GDT - Miami Heat (52-23) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (17-58) 8:00PM



Starting Lineups

POINT GUARDS

SHOOTING GUARDS

SMALL FORWARDS

POWER FORWARDS

CENTERS

*courtesy of Dr Cracker on one of the Heat boards


MINNESOTA STARTERS POINTS PER GAME

PG L. Ridnour 11.8
SG W. Johnson 9.0
SF M. Beasley 18.9
PF K. Love 20.3
C N. Pekovic 5.2

TEAM STAT LEADERS

Points K. Love 20.3
Rebounds J. McGee 8.2
Assists L. Ridnour 5.3
Steals C. Brewer 1.6
Blocks D. Milicic 2.1

LAST 5 GAMES

Mar 30 CHI Loss 108-91
Mar 27 BOS Loss 85-82
Mar 25 @OKC Loss 111-103
Mar 24 @DAL Loss 104-96
Mar 20 SAC Loss 127-95



MIAMI STARTERS POINTS PER GAME

PG M.Bibby 8.8
SG D. Wade 25.8
SF L. James 26.6
PF C. Bosh 18.7
C E. Dampier 2.3

TEAM STAT LEADERS

Points L. James 26.6
Rebounds C. Bosh 8.3
Assists L. James 6.9
Steals D.Wade 1.5
Blocks J. Anthony 1.3

LAST 5 GAMES

Mar 30 @WSH Win 123-107
Mar 29 @CLE Loss 102-90
Mar 27 HOU Win 125-119
Mar 25 PHI Win 111-99
Mar 23 @DET Win 100-94

DWade interview after shootaround in Minnesota:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2twl8tqgUA


Last Game Recap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzJmB5hXdtI

Game preview

A four-game road trip against some of the worst teams in the NBA has been more interesting than the Miami Heat probably anticipated. The Heat continue their pursuit of the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference when they try to hand the Minnesota Timberwolves a ninth straight loss Friday night.

Miami (52-23) figured to cruise through this trip that started with games against Cleveland and Washington and ends in New Jersey on Sunday. Those three opponents, along with Minnesota (17-58), have records that are among the six worst in the league. The road stretch, though, got off to a bad start with a 102-90 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday, with LeBron James skipping pregame introductions in order to avoid hearing the boos in his second trip back to Cleveland. The Heat recovered for a 102-90 win over the Wizards on Wednesday in a game that featured a second-quarter scuffle. Miami reserves Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Juwan Howard were ejected because of the incident, in which Washington rookie guard John Wall took a swing in reaction to being elbowed.

James, who finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and eight assists Wednesday, later complained that a foul on him by Maurice Evans should have been called as intentional. "I see a lot of basketball every day, and anytime when someone gets grabbed around the neck, it's an automatic flagrant-1. If I'm wrong, tell me I'm wrong," James said. "Sometimes it's unfair, because of how strong I am, you know. I can take the punishment of course, but at the same time, I think it's unfair sometimes."

Dwyane Wade had 33 points and nine assists as the Heat finished with their fourth-best field-goal percentage of the season at 57.7. The teams each had 35 rebounds, one night after the Cavaliers outrebounded the Heat 44-30.

"It's physical. That's fine. We're not running away from that," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "When the dust settles, it becomes about a basketball game."

The Heat are 2 1/2 games behind East-leading Chicago and locked in a tight battle with Boston for the second-best mark. A big offensive performance could be in store for the Heat on Friday, as they shot a season-high 58.2 percent in a 129-97 rout of Minnesota on Nov. 2. Wade had 26 points and James added 20 and 12 assists. Michael Beasley had a difficult night in his first game against his former team, scoring 11 points in 10 minutes before missing the second half with a bruised hip.

Minnesota is enduring its sixth losing streak of at least six games. The Timberwolves have not dropped nine in a row since a 16-game skid Feb. 24-March 28, 2010. This difficult homestand has featured visits by the East's three top teams. Minnesota rallied from 25 down to take a fourth-quarter lead in an 85-82 loss to the Celtics on Monday, but turned in a less-competitive effort in falling 108-91 to the Bulls on Wednesday.
"For whatever reason, it wasn't there tonight," coach Kurt Rambis said. "We didn't bring the effort and intensity and focus for the vast majority of the ballgame." All-Star forward Kevin Love returned after missing three games because of a strained left groin and had 16 points and nine assists.

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Old 04-01-2011, 12:32 PM   #2
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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The Twolves = trash

poor execution, chuck up terrible shots, poor coaching, below average level go-to guys, ect ect ect.

i witnessed that 2 days ago.

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Old 04-01-2011, 12:39 PM   #4
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The Twolves = trash

poor execution, terrible shot selections, poor coaching, below average level go-to guys, ect ect ect.

i witnessed that 2 days ago.

Yeah but EVERYONE comes out to play their best vs the Heat.

In all my years of following the Heat since the early 90's, I have never seen a season like this one where teams give us their best efforts every night.

It's absolutely ridiculous and surreal how we get the best efforts of the opponent night in and night out.. playing like a hard playoff game.

I watch other games all the time and the effort level for most games is not close to what the Heat have had to endure and deal with this season. The effort level of past Heat seasons by opponents is not in the same ballpark of the effort levels they are dealing with this year consistently. I would bet a lot of money that the Heat get the best efforts out of teams more than any team in the league.

Easily.

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Old 04-01-2011, 12:39 PM   #5
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Another stat-padding stage for the big 3.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:41 PM   #6
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Yeah but EVERYONE comes out to play their best vs the Heat.


In all my years of following the Heat since the early 90's, I have never seen a season like this one where teams give us their best efforts every night.

It's absolutely ridiculous and surreal how we get the best efforts of the opponent night in and night out.. playing like a hard playoff game.

I watch other games all the time and the effort level for most games is not close to what the Heat have had to deal with this season. I would bet that the Heat get the best efforts out of teams more than any team in the league.

we gotta better record than the Heat so you're saying we dont get that kind of pressure from other teams too?

Boozer was doing whatever he wanted on the Twolves and Rose made damn near all of his threes
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we gotta better record than the Heat so you're saying we dont get that kind of pressure from other teams too?

Of course. The Bulls were a low seed last year. Teams didn't come into the season saying "hey, we gotta beat those bulls".. they all said that about the heat though. And I've watched bulls games quite a bit this year and the effort level they face isn't close to what the Heat go through on such a consistent basis. Again, no one came into the season, or even during the season saying we gotta beat chicago.

But it shows in the games more than anything else. Again, since the early 90's the effort level opposing teams show in previous years pales in comparison to the effort levels this year. Most of the time they come in wanting to beat us like their life depended on it.. Finals game 7 for them. With incredible efforts diving for loose balls and playing like possessed teams.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:49 PM   #8
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Nice GT man..
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Another game they can pad their averages
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I hope the Heat win their last 7 remaining games. Go Miami Heat!!! Go LeBron-Wade-Bosh aka the Three Amigos.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:53 PM   #11
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Go Wolves!! Time to take on the Miami Heat!

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I just called the garbage collector. He said to me he's gonna pick and remove the thrash.
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Another game they can pad their averages


Everyone "pads" their averages on bad teams.. or at least they try to.
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Lebron23 is Heat007...
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Pek is starting for real ???
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