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Is it Christmas Eve? No? Well it sure feels like it given that the Miami Heat are taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight!
So the rivalry may not be as intense as it was last year, but trust me, this matchup will still be a blast to watch.
Last season the two teams split the series 2-2, after the Heat lost twice on the road. Hopefully tonight the boys from South Beach can start a new trend by beating LeBron James and company in their own house.
And with James’ back still acting up, and both Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert out, Miami has a very good chance of doing just that.
Not only did the team shoot 60 percent from beyond-the-arc, but they totaled 26 assists across nine players.
Chris Bosh led the newly revamped squad with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, with Dwyane Wade ending the night with 20 points and 5 assists.
Gerald Green also started the year off with a bang; the newcomer scored 19 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting.
For Miami to be successful tonight, they need to do three things.
First, keep being confident in their game.
Obviously taking on an opponent such as the Hornets is a whole different story than going against the Cavaliers, but the Heat need to remember how much talent they truly have this time around.
This includes the likes of Hassan Whiteside, who had a terrible first game, shaking off the past and putting everything on the line.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra also needs to keep utilizing his plethora of rotations. Because it is still early in the season and lineups have yet to be finalized, Spoelstra needs to continue using various combinations in order to get the most out of his players.
Lastly, Miami needs to focus on a defensive mindset. Regardless of the season having only begun, it is clear to see this group of guys are an offensive powerhouse. However, neither the organization nor the players individually are really known for their defense. And when playing teams like Cleveland, that needs to change.
Who do you all have winning tonight?
Check out the competition at 7 PM (ET) on ESPN.