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Wizards vs. Heat Pregame

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Regular Season Game 32

Miami at Washington

January 3, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

December 7, 2015 – American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL: Wizards 114, Heat 103
READ: Game Notebook 19, Wizards at Heat: The Art Of Resilience


What to watch

A grueling test for the Wizards’ interior, because Hassan Whiteside is not human.

What is there that Hassan Whiteside doesn’t dictate at the rim? His rebounding numbers are among the best in the league at 11.2 per game ( he’s also coming off a 19 board outing against the Mavs on Friday night). His 3.9 blocks per game leads the league by a landslide (he’s 1.34 BPG better than Anthony Davis). He is shooting better than 60 percent from the field (second to DeAndre Jordan although Whiteside takes about 3 more shots per game than Jordan). He is a mammoth among men. A white walker among crows. He says he does all this for video game ratings, and lately his ratings seem like they’re drawing 99’s across the board.

In their first meeting this season, the Wizards were able to pry 12 offensive boards which limited the amount of offense the Heat could execute as they ended up attempting 23 less shots than the Wizards. And the Wizards were able to accomplish this WITHOUT Marcin Gortat, who was overseas tending to a family emergency. With Gortat out, Wittman threw a combination of smaller guys and Ryan Hollins on the glass and thus, they were able to limit Whiteside to just 4 boards all night. Despite making all 7 of his shots from the field, Whiteside finished with just 23 minutes as the Wizards’ small ball lineups were a terror for the Heat, forcing Spoelstra to sit Whiteside the entire 4th quarter in an attempt to counter it. The Wizards ended up outscoring the Heat 27-19 in that final quarter.


X-factor(s)

Defending Dwyane Wade. Quietly averaging just under 19 points per game, Wade makes the most of his 30 minutes per game night in and night out. In spite of his shorter-than-career-average minutes per game, Wade still manages around 16 shot attempts per game and he’s shooting them at 47% clip.


Fun factor

Dwyane Wade’ alleged hangover. According to an NBC report, when an NBA player is suffering from “flu-like symptoms”, it means they’re probably too hungover to play. On New Year’s Day, Wade didn’t start the game against the Mavs, and rumors began flaring that perhaps Wade took one too many unnecessary Patron shots.

Here’s Wade’s take:

Here’s my take:

Why-you-lyin

we are Hoop District

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