NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 6th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Wizards (4-27) at Miami Heat (22-9), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - It's almost impossible to imagine that one of the four wins
on the Washington Wizards schedule came at the hands of the defending champion
But, on Dec. 4, in our nation's capital, the Wizards beat the Heat, but Miami
will look for some more revenge on Sunday evening when the two teams meet at
American Airlines Arena.
The Heat atoned for the loss the first time the two squads met on Dec. 15.
Miami pasted the Wiz by 30 and this time out, the Heat will be trying to make
up for another loss.
The Heat fell 96-89 at home on Friday night to the Chicago Bulls. LeBron James
led the way with 30 points, while Dwyane Wade added 22 and Chris Bosh chipped
in 14 points.
Defense beat offense on Friday night. The Bulls are third in the NBA in
opponents' scoring, while the Heat are fourth in scoring. Rebounding was a
huge problem for the Heat as well. Miami, the second-worst team in the league
on the glass, lost the rebounding battle, 48-28.
"It's a reoccurrence. We got smashed on the glass," said James. "You give a
team like this extra possessions, they're going to capitalize on it. It's not
like we're losing one or two rebounds, tonight it was 20. You're not going to
win many basketball games like that."
Rebounding might be an issue on Sunday night as well. The Wizards, for all of
their flaws, rank sixth in rebounding, but, since they are the Wizards, allow
the most rebounds for their opposition.
The Wizards head to South Beach the losers of four straight, including a
heartbreaker Friday night. Washington fell at home to the Brooklyn Nets,
115-113 in double-overtime.
"We turned the ball over," said a clearly agitated Wizards coach Randy
Wittman. "We got doubled, we wouldn't pass. Why? I don't know. We missed free
throws. Why does that happen? I don't know why. We did. It's making one play
down the stretch, one play."
The Wizards scored the first eight points of the first overtime, and still
lost. Joe Johnson buried a late jumper to steal one from the Wizards.
Bradley Beal, who sent the game into a second overtime with a 3-pointer with
less than four seconds on the clock, paced the Wizards with 24 points. Jordan
Crawford had 23 off the bench, followed by 20 from Nene, 14 from Martell
Webster and 13 from Emeka Okafor.
On a positive note for the Wizards, John Wall took part in another full
practice Saturday and is expected to return very shortly.
The Wizards have won three of the last four meetings.
01/06 10:30:31 ET
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