Preview: Heat at Cavaliers, February 4th

February 4th, 2010 by John Krolik

Relevant Statistics:

Pace: Miami 93.0 (28th) vs. Cleveland 23.5 (25th)

Offensive Efficiency: Miami 104.6 (15th) vs. Cleveland 108.0 (5th)

Defensive Efficiency: Miami 103.0 (12th) vs. Cleveland 99.6 (3rd)

Notes:

-The Cavs did a really good job on Wade in the second half of the last game. Flash is coming off an 11-16 performance against the league’s best defense, and you know he’s eager to make up for his slip-ups down the stretch of the first meeting between these teams. The Cavs should stay patient, and try not to panic if he starts making deep jumpers. He’s capable of hitting a three or two, but he’s a 30% three-point shooter on the year and 29% for his career. Play the percentages.

-A good break for the Cavs in terms of scheduling. Miami is on the tail end of a back-to-back, and had to deal with Boston last night. Hopefully the Cavs can push and take advantage.

-Beasley gave Hickson some problems last time. Let’s see if JJ can do a better job sticking to him in this one.

-National game, LeBron vs. Wade, Cavs looking to push their winning streak to double-digits. Cavs should be amped for this one. Hopefully they’ll come out with a purpose and put themselves in the driver’s seat early.

-One thing I do worry about with no West or Williams is how the Cavs would react to playing without the lead. Yet another reason to come out of the locker room ready to play.

-Miami has a thin team, and struggles in the 2nd and fourth quarters. Hopefully the Cavs’ 2nd unit can keep the pressure on during the opening part of the 2nd and 4th.