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Open Thread: Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat, Regular Season Game 14

The Essentials:

Wizards (4-9) vs. Heat (9-5)
7 p.m.
American Airlines Center
Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Notable very early Heat numbers this season

12th in expected winning percentage (.557)
24th in pace (91.3 possessions per game)
17th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (106.2)
12th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (104.5)

Notable Heat numbers last season

14th in expected winning percentage (.509)
22nd in pace (89.9 possessions per game)
20th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (107.8)
11th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (107.6)

Pre-game links

Peninsula is Mightier, SB Nation's Heat Blog
Hot Hot Hoops, a Miami Heat blog
Peninsula is Mightier game preview
Ira Winderman's blog for the Miami Sun-Sentinel
Michael Lee: The Other Side: Heat
GameDay Heat

Tonight's Projected Starters
Wizards vs. Heat
Gilbert Arenas
PG Mario Chalmers
Nick Young
SG Dwyane Wade
Caron Butler
SF James Jones
Antawn Jamison
PF Michael Beasley
Brendan Haywood
C Jermaine O'Neal

We've already played Miami twice, so we should know what to expect. A lot of Dwyane Wade. A little of everyone else if you aren't careful. Michael Beasley. Good defense. We all know the drill.

No definite word on Caron Butler, but Dave Johnson is saying he was at shootaround and should play.

I'm hoping to see the same kind of unselfishness on offense that we saw for most of the 76ers game. Miami has cooled off since their hot start, though they are coming off a pretty improbable win over Orlando on a controversial Beasley tip-in. To get back on track, the Wizards need to win games like these.

Tip-off's at 7 on ESPN. I might not be around much to watch this, because I'm still on a family vacation and we're scheduled to all go out to dinner tonight, so if anyone else wants to provide a longer recap, I'll happily bump it to the front page.