Thursday, October 29, 2009

10/30 Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Preview

October 30, 2009


Where: Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
When: 8:00 PM EST
Television: Sun Sports

Starting Lineups

Miami Heat
PG - Mario Chalmers
SG - Dwyane Wade
SF - Quentin Richardson
PF - Michael Beasley
C - Jermaine O'Neal

Indiana Pacers
PG - T.J. Ford
SG - Brandon Rush
SF - Danny Granger
PF - Troy Murphy
C - Roy Hibbert

The Miami Heat started off on the right foot this season by breaking a 3-game season-opener losing streak. Now they hit the road in an attempt to snap an eight year, 15-game losing streak at Conseco Fieldhouse against the Indiana Pacers; A place where the Heat have tasted victory at since December 31, 2001.

However, the match-ups are in favor of Miami. Miami's center, Jermaine O'Neal, will be up against a sophomore big man in Roy Hibbert, who has not lived up to his expectations since coming out of Georgetown. In addition, Pacers forward, Mike Dunleavy, will not suit up for the game due to an injury that will keep him off the court for about a month. Dunleavy has had great success against Miami in recent years.

The only concern for Miami may come from Danny Granger as he's coming off a 25.8 point-per-game 2008 season. Then again, the Heat have a lethal weapon of their own in Dwyane Wade.

It will be interesting to see O'Neal return to his former team and go toe-to-toe with the organization that built him up. Perhaps another 20+ point showing will be in the works for the Heat 7-footer.

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