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Wizards vs Heat preview: Washington takes on Miami for the first time this season

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Game Info

When: Saturday, November 19th at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Verizon Center in Washington, DC.
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 1500 AM and Wizards Radio App

Injury Report

Heat: Justice Winslow (Questionable, Wrist), Wayne Ellington (Out, Hip)
Wizards: Ian Mahinmi (Out, Knee)

Three Keys

Limit Whiteside's Impact

Hassan Whiteside is a force to be reckoned with, both on the defensive and offensive side. Anything taken in the paint without violent intent will get swatted to the 400 section of the Verizon Center. Help too much on the pick and roll and Hassan will be putting on his own dunk contest. Communication on defense and ball movement on offense should help limit his impact.

Which Otto Porter will we get?

Against the Knicks on Thursday night, Otto Porter had an excellent performance on both ends of the floor. Frustrating Carmelo Anthony, hitting 4 three pointers and grabbing 8 rebounds is the Otto Porter that we need. The moment he starts stringing these games together is when we can all say that Otto is taking the All Star leap.

Defense and Rebounding

Although it was just one game, the Wizards held Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony to 14-33 shooting and 10 rebounds, respectively. Markieef Morris and Otto Porter both held their own against two potential all stars. Miami comes in 6th in the NBA in rebounding. Asserting themselves on the defensive end early could lead to a positive trend for the rest of the season.

Most Likely Wizards Killer: Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson. In their last game against the Wizards, Tyler Johnson took advantage of a sleepwalking Wizards team. He played hungry on defense and is a candidate to be a future Wizards Killer Hall of Famer.