The San Antonio Spurs will look to rebound from an ugly Monday night loss as they travel to Miami to take on Goran Dragic and the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
After a tough loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday night the San Antonio Spurs will travel to the sunshine state on Wednesday to face off against the Miami Heat. These teams are very evenly matched, both in terms of their rosters and their coaches.
Gregg Popovich has undoubtably cemented his place in the pantheon of great NBA coaches. A name that gets lost in the “who are the best coaches in the NBA” debate is that of Eric Spoelstra.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7
Time: 6:30 p.m. CST
Location: Miami, FL
Venue: American Airlines Arena
TV Info: FSSW
Live Stream: FuboTV, NBA League Pass
Spo’ has had his success minimized by those who would give the credit for Miami’s multiple Finals runs solely to the trio of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James. Two of the three have moved on and Wade is not the player he was during those playoff runs, and still the Miami Heat machine keeps chugging. Spoelstra does as good of a job as any coach in the association in terms of maximizing the talent on his roster. This team is no different.
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The Heat don’t have a clear cut All-Star on the team. Their best player is Goran Dragic, a guy most people would have a hard time recognizing if he passed them on the street, but they’re always a threat to make the playoffs and Pat Riley simply refuses to let this team tank. They’re well coached, play hard on both ends and don’t have any glaring weaknesses.
This matchup between the Spurs and the Heat has several intriguing positional matchups. Josh Richardson continues to be one of the most under appreciated players in the NBA. Richardson is a premier 3-and-D player who doesn’t nearly get the respect he deserves. The improvement he’s shown this year has been impressive. His scoring has taken a leap, 21.4 ppg this year compared to last years 12.9. His three point shooting has always been a strength. He’s nailing 40% of his shots while putting up 7.6 three point attempts per game. Keep your eye on the DeMar DeRozan – Josh Richardson matchup, it’s going to be a good one.
Look for the Spurs to win the game by controlling the pace, forcing the ball out of Dragic’s hands, and corralling as many rebounds as possible. The last two points will be especially important.
Miami currently ranks 4th in total rebounds allowed. If San Antonio can flip that number to their advantage that will pay massive dividends. Forcing the ball out of Dragic’s hands will be another point of emphasis. Miami doesn’t have another shot creator of Dragic’s caliber on the team.
San Antonio will need to force other players like Tyler Johnson and Dwayne Wade to handle the ball as much as possible if they want to win.
Run the Heat off the three point line, force the ball out of Dragic’s hands, crash the boards. Those are the points of emphasis for the San Antonio Spurs in tomorrows matchup. Tip off is at 6:30 CT at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.