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Wizards at Heat Game Preview: “Something Special Begins”


Washington at Miami

October 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM
American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
TV: CSNWashington
Radio: 99.1FM

Tale of the Tape

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Last time they met was..

April 14, 2014 @ Verizon Center in DC. The Wizards won 114-93.

Projected Starting Lineups

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The Mohawk’d Machine vs. Stegosaurus ungulatus

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With LeBron now merely a glistening fragment of franchise history, Dwyane Wade closing in on secret remedies from the motherland for chronic knee ailments, and the blessing of a ginormous max deal, for Chris Bosh it’s not the craziest thing to say that this is now his squad. It’s really not a bad situation to fall into either if you’re a Miami Heat fan particularly when you acknowledge Bosh’s great, yet often under-appreciated scoring abilities. In the past five seasons Bosh has averaged 22+ points a game and has been a player of the utmost value during clutch moments. Bosh has developed an enhanced element in his game – a critical shooting threat that allows him to stretch the floor offensively and comfortably attempt any mid to long range jumper. With LeBron’s scoring input no longer a primary asset, Bosh is definitely the access point for Miami’s scoring opportunities, something the Wizards front court should be preparing for. Oh, Chris Bosh likes to block shots, too.

While Bosh looks to pour ’em in, doing so against a lane cinder-block like Marcin Gortat won’t quite be a walk through calm zephyrs on North Beach. Gortat has averaged 2.3 blocks per 100 possessions throughout his career, which is just about where he finished last season. For Gortat, it’s especially critical for him to defend Bosh well in high post and elbow areas considering Bosh’s mobility. Spoelstra’s style of slashing and cutting may also trigger some wariness for Gortat so the hope is that his defensive awareness is close to 100.

Who’s Out?

Wizards: Bradley Beal (wrist), DeJuan Blair (suspended), Nene (suspended).
Kris Humphries and Glen Rice are both expected to be active.

Heat: Josh McRoberts (toe).

How the Wizards will win:

– Dominate the guards. The Heat like to relish in their fast-paced, up and down style of play much like the Wizards. A lot of that stuff is created by the guards and for the Heat, it’s been known to see guys like Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, and especially D-Wade go on a nagging spurt. During training camp, John Wall touted himself and Glen Rice as the team’s next best on-ball defenders after Trevor Ariza and tonight provides an opportunity for them to prove their prowess as such.

– Get creative. Despite the absence of Beal, Nene, and Blair, the Wizards still have an ample number of guys who can offer different ways to get the ball in the hoop. Kick out 3’s to Pierce and Wall-Gortat P&R’s are standard, but with Randy Wittman regurgitating his disdain for ‘Analytical BS’, the wrath of midrange disservices look to cloud over DC yet again. ‘Taking what the defense gives you’ surely hasn’t served Wall well in terms of jump shots, and it’s hard to convince ones self that it’ll turn Rice in to a scorer (it won’t). This means that any creative element deriving from Wittman’s clipboard will be quite the pre-Halloween treat. Get Humprhies going out of the post. Get Otto running backdoor cuts and slashes to the rim. And of course, give Pierce his freedom to do his tricks.

– Dictate/keep up the pace. The Heat are most fearsome when they own full control of the tempo and subsequently own full control of their crowd and/or fake crowd noise. But one thing that’s really become an awesome trait of this Wizards band is their fearlessness of said so-called fearsomeness. As evidenced in recent history, the Wizards have the heart to match the intensity of their opponent and counterattack any runs. Paul Pierce will be a primary catalyst for these types of situations which is something that will benefit the Wizards not only tonight, but on any given night.

Something Special Begins

A pretty awesome piece from Paul Pierce’s official website

Detroit Pistons v Washington Wizards

“You’ve seen the struggles over the years, and John Wall has matured as a player, obviously, becoming an All-Star this year and taking on more responsibilities and becoming a leader for this ball club. That’s what the Washington Wizards have been waiting on, and you’re seeing it.”
— Paul Pierce

“Getting to play with Paul Pierce, he’s like a legend. … I didn’t believe it at first.”
— Otto Porter

Tonight marks the beginning of what will most likely be a short-lived era in DC, but nevertheless one that should serve us considerably well before we delve into blockbuster summers of free agency in the distant future. Pierce’s enthusiasm in working with this Wizards team can only point to grand times in DC barring #SoWizards and the #DCcurse. With that said, I’m tired of writing, tired of waiting, and ecstatically uneasy for the season’s first tip-off. Let’s get it.

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