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The Other Side: Miami Heat

Will the third time be the charm? The Washington Wizards lost their two first games against the Miami Heat this month, with Dwyane Wade erupting for 81 combined points and Gilbert Arenas having two games he'd rather forget.


I feel another 40 coming on. (Photo by Isaac Baldizon/Getty Images)

Arenas missed 18 of 27 shots and had three miscues in the final 25 seconds when the Wizards lost the first meeting, 93-89, on Nov. 4. And, when the Wizards went to Miami on Nov. 10, Arenas set a franchise record with 12 turnovers as they lost, 90-76. The Wizards have lost four in a row in Miami and are seeking their first win at AmericanAirlines Arena since March, 21, 2008.

After a three-game slide, the Heat has bounced back to win two in a row against New Orleans and Orlando. The Heat beat the Magic, 99-98, on Wednesday, as District native Michael Beasley got his first career game-winner as he rebounded a rare Wade airball and dunked. Here's what else you need to know about the Heat:

1. Wade, the league's leading scorer last season, is averaging 27.5 points a game this season, but he is spending more time as the primary fourth-quarter ballhandler. LeBron James and Chris Bosh have both decided to shut down talk about being free agents in 2010, but Wade is still going. This week, he mentioned a surpise possible destination --- in Orlando, with Dwight Howard.

2. The Heat will likely need to retain Wade in order to return to championship glory, but NBA.com's Shaun Powell writes that the other key is Pat Riley's persuasive words next summer.

3. Brendan Haywood and Quentin Richardson exchanged words at the end of the last meeting, but Richardson likely won't be available tonight because of back spasms. But Richardson's play had begun to taper off before his injury, opening the way for James Jones at small forward. He had 16 against Orlando on Wednesday.

By Michael Lee  |  November 27, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
 
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Posted by: Vicc | November 27, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

1st....I hope Gil gets is first carreer win against Wade!

Posted by: Gooddad | November 27, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

If Flip Saunders makes full use of his athletic young big men [Blatche, McGee], the third meeting with the Heat will be the charm. The Heat has very athletic big men in Udonis Haslem, Michael Beasley and James Jones.

Dywane Wade is going to get his 25 to 30 points. With Arenas still not playing up to his potential, the Wizards really don't have anyone that matches up well with him.

So, the strategy should be to rotate Gilbert, Boykins and Foye on Wade and shut down Miami's bigs with our young big boys.

Posted by: musicmanjr | November 27, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

NBA capologists out there -
If Wade signed a max contract with a team far enough under the salary cap to sign him, could that team then immediately trade him to the Magic for parts/pieces to make the salaries work?
I ask the question because I don't think the Heat would ever do a Wade sign and trade with the Magic unless they were getting Howard in return (which, of course, is not happening).
On a different note, after the last game Wade said (mockingly, most of us thought) Nick's defense/length gave him a lot problems. I'm hoping that Nick makes it a reality and holds him to less than his current 40-pt average against us. Hell, hold him to thirty points and maybe the city will throw him a parade!

Posted by: tgif11 | November 27, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Wiz need another win tonight! Any news on Butler?

Posted by: heytc17 | November 27, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

On a different note, after the last game Wade said (mockingly, most of us thought) Nick's defense/length gave him a lot problems. I'm hoping that Nick makes it a reality and holds him to less than his current 40-pt average against us. Hell, hold him to thirty points and maybe the city will throw him a parade!

Posted by: tgif11 | November 27, 2009 3:27 PM |
Wade never actualy said that. That was a joke by someone on this blog.

Posted by: ptp23 | November 27, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I think we'll finally see some McGuire...he's a perfect matchup defensively for Beasley.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 27, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully we'll see McGee too.
Let's see how much O'Neal has left in those legs when McGee is zipping up and down the court. We were hurt by a lot of penetration last game and McGee has the potential to erase some of those mishaps also.

Posted by: and_1 | November 27, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

aqnd_1:

He may have the will, but he sure ain't ready with the way.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 27, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's get a streak going.
A win tonight will be a big confidence boost.
Will Nick have some consistency or will he revert to Hot one game cold for several.
I too would like to see more of Javale. I think he'd make them think twice about driving to the hoop. And wearing them down trying to run after him.
I think Flip needs to play deeper in the bench to keep the starters fresh for the fourth.

Posted by: VBFan | November 27, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards Insider has really gone downhill ever since Michael Lee took over and he has been a great disservice to the Wizards with his TMZ style reporting. Whenever Gilbert Arenas uttered one of his oddball comments in the past, Ivan Carter would simply relay the comments and say "that's just Gil being Gil." But in attempt to generate controversy Michael Lee blew Arena's comments entirely out of proportion with irresponsible assertions such as "this is a fractured team" and "the players are drifting further and futher apart." Nevermind the fact that both Arenas and Butler say they have no issues with each other and just want this story to go away.

It's disgraceful. Abe Pollin, on his final days on this earth, had to endure Lee's created controversy, which other media then picked up on. He should be ashamed of himself.

Futhermore, we barely ever get any pertinent news anymore on this blog. Where are the updates on Caron Butler's status for tonight's game? The game is 30 minutes away and not a word from Lee in several days about Butler's injury. It's ridiculous.

Instead of spending all his time focusing on a self-generated controversy, maybe Michael Lee ought to start doing his job: reporting the facts about this team instead of creating them.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 27, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | November 27, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Wrong about this going downhill since IC.
It's much better with many more up to date comments. It used to be days between posts by IC.
Were comments blown out of proportion to just creat controversy?? I don't see it that way.
I too would like to see more info on players and their progress from injuries. I would like for this to be a real "INSIDER" blog not a rehash of columns that have been published.
Michael Lee has improved the Wizards Insider X 10.

Posted by: VBFan | November 27, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Yo! Barno1 tell us how you really feel i mean damn glad you ain't Michael Lee's boss or i guess bro could just pack his sh#t and GTFO but on a real tip(how's that for 70's street slang) you're pretty much close to being right.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 27, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

VBFan,

It seems to me that we agree that we both want more updates on injuries, more updates on player progress, etc...that we both want this to be a real "INSIDER" blog, and not a rehash of hard news articles that have already been printed. So I don't get at all how you think he has improved the blog x 10 if you it's missing so much.

As for this being blown completely out of proportion, just ask Caron or Gil how they feel about this. And the Haywood singing "ego" song aspect? I mean come on man. That is about as flimsy evidence of a fractured team that you're ever going to see.

Michael Lee clearly is trying to make a name for himself at the expense of fairness to the team and its players. To me, it's a real shame he did this in Pollin's last days.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 27, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Barno1,
I can't ask Caron or Gil. If you have then that carries a lot more weight and I will retract.
If you remember when it was IC's show there were seldom more that one post a day from him and often it was days between posts. That was my better by X 10's justification.
Just mho.

Posted by: VBFan | November 27, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse


How about Flip explicitly stating that the team was frustrated, griping about playing time and starting to point fingers at the other guy instead of looking at themselves?
Mr. Lee is just the messenger.

Posted by: 2020doc | November 27, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse


"Michael Lee clearly is trying to make a name for himself at the expense of fairness to the team and its players. To me, it's a real shame he did this in Pollin's last days."


It's a real shame Gil said that some of his teammates had hidden agendas. Those words should never have been uttered in front of the media. Period.

Posted by: and_1 | November 27, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

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