This is an attempt to preview the game with Miami Heat fanalyst and blogger, @Mia_Heat_Index, but as usual don’t expect insightful answers.
How has the Miami Heat looked so far this season? Any glaring issues other than their lazy defense?
The HEAT looks like a team trying to outscore opponents early in the season. Coach Erik Spoelstra decided to play a small lineup for improved offense and sacrificed the defense as a result. The decision to sag into the paint on big men for defense & rebounding opens up the perimeter and opponents are taking advantage. The opponents that take care of the ball and make shots make the game tough to win.
Miami hasn’t won since 2002 in Denver, do you expect them to fair well on the second-leg of a back-to-back?
No. It’s a scheduled loss, courtesy of Matt Winnick in the NBA office.
Any matchups that worry you about the Denver Nuggets going into the game tonight?
The Nuggets’ size on the glass would be a concern if their perimeter players could shoot, but they can’t. The Nuggets’ big men also aren’t offensive threats on the block, so they really can’t demand enough attention to free up their shooters.
Will #LegalWeed play any part in the Heat’s performance on Thursday?
Mario Chalmers or Chris Bosh could have a big night if Ty Lawson or JaVale McGee are stoned.
Three keys to the game for Miami?