Monday, November 2, 2009

11/3 - Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat Preview

November 3, 2009


Where: American Airlines Arena,Miami,FL
When: 7:30PM EST
Television: Sun Sports


Phoenix Suns (3-0)
PG - Steve Nash
SG - Jason Richardson
SF - Grant Hill
PF - Amare Stoudemire
C - Channing Frye

Miami Heat (3-0)
PG - Mario Chalmers
SG - Dwyane Wade
SF - Quentin Richardson
PF - Michael Beasley
C - Jermaine O'Neal

The addition of Quentin Richardson has alleviated some of the defense workload off Dwayne Wade's shoulders. Teams are shooting a NBA low 38.58 percent and 22 percent from behind the arch against the Heat's stagnant defense . Tonight's game will be a true test as the NBA's highest scoring team(117.3 ppg) comes into town.

Wade has also received scoring help from his supporting cast. The play from his Big Three (O'Neal, Haslem, and Beasley) has been extraordinary. Haslem and O'Neal are averaging a double-double and Beasley is kicking in 14 ppg.

Phoenix is shooting a NBA best 52 percent from behind the 3-point line and their 51.63 percent from the field is second best in the league. The Suns starting five and their sixth man, Leandro Barbosa, are all averaging over 15 ppg.

Michael Beasley will have his hands full tonight as he attempts to guard All-Star Power Forward Amare Stoudemire who is back after missing the last 2 1/2 months of last season with an eye injury. Stoudemire will become a free agent at the end of the season and who is on Heat's radar along with Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer.

Tonight will be all about tempo control. Can the Heat get back quick enough to set up their half court defense? Will Eric Spolstra employ a full court press to trap the Suns? Both teams will go in 3-0 but only one will come out undefeated.

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