Scouting Report: Wolves (9-10) vs. Heat (14-5) | Dec. 7, 2013

by Mark Remme
Web Editor

Scouting Report: Wolves (9-10) vs. Heat (14-5) | Dec. 7, 2013


Timberwolves vs. Heat | 7:00 PM — Target Center

Where to Watch: Fox Sports North

Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM

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By looking at Miami’s record, you might not think that this team has the same punch it had last year.

I mean, five losses, Miami? Losing to the Detroit Pistons and the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls? What’s going on here?

Not so fast. Don’t let this team trick you. The Heat know this is a long battle and with three straight appearances to the NBA Finals, Miami hasn’t had a break like other teams has had. While Dwyane Wade has shown signs of regression, he is still a very, very good player.

Chris Bosh, sometimes disregarded as the “other guy” in the “Big Three” is a great fit for this team. His 14.5 points might not look like much, but Bosh is only shooting the ball about 10 times per game and he’s making 52.4 percent of those shots.

Oh yeah, and they have that LeBron James guy.

Target Center will be packed for this one and with the talent in the game,that comes as no surprise. Knocking off the defending champions wouldn’t be a bad way for the Wolves to end an unusual week.

Last Meeting

The two teams last battled on March 4 last season at the Target Center. Miami came away with a 97-81 win over Minnesota.

Wade led the Heat with 32 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, while James finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The final member of the “Big Three”, Bosh, finished with 11 points. Ray Allen had 13 points off the bench. Miami shot 51.4 percent from the field with James and Wade shooting a combined 24-of-39.

The Wolves, without Kevin Love or Nikola Pekovic, were led by Derrick Williams (now with Kings), who finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Rubio had a nice all-around game, scoring 14 points to go along with eight assists, six steals and five rebounds. Alexey Shved led the bench with 13 points. The Wolves had 14 steals in the game, but turned the ball over 18 times.

This Week’s Results

The Wolves were scheduled to play in Mexico City against the Spurs on Wednesday night, but due to a generator fire outside the arena, the game was postponed for later this season in Minneapolis.

Previous to that, the Wolves beat the Dallas Mavericks last Saturday before falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

The Heat dropped their second straight game, falling 107-87 to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night in somewhat of a surprise. The Bulls were without Derrick Rose, but five players scored in double-digits for Chicago.

James led Miami with 21 points and five rebounds. Former Minnesota forward Michael Beasley led the second unit with 15 points, while Norris Cole added 12. Bosh scored 10, but shot 4-of-11 from the field. In fact, Miami as a whole struggled form the field, shooting 32-of-77 from the field and 5-of-22 from the 3-point line.

Miami was without both Wade and center Chris Andersen.

Earlier in the week, the Heat snuck by the Charlotte Bobcats 99-98 on Sunday before losing 107-97 on the road to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

What To Watch: Corey Brewer vs. LeBron James

Both of these players are defensive stoppers. The difference is that James also carries this Miami offense while Brewer isn’t depended on much on the scoring-end of the ball.

Brewer has done well against guys like Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony already this season. James, though, at 6 foot 8, 240 pounds, is a whole different animal. His one of the rare players that has the ability to shoot from the outside (45.9 percent from the 3-point line), drive and post up.

This season, James is averaging 25.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.1 assisters per game while shooting a career-high 58.4 percent from the field. The thing with James is that he does a very good job of shooting efficient shots. In five spots he’s shot 30 percent or less from , he’s shot a combined 47 shots from. He doesn’t force shots, plain and simple.

Expect to see head coach Rick Adelman rotate who is guarding James to try and keep him on his toes. Newly acquired Luc Mbah a Moute will also play a big part in this one. Mbah a Moute has the ability to defend four positions and he showed it in Dallas, as he guarded guys like Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter and Shawn Marion.

The goal isn’t to stop James (although that would be great for coach Rick Adelman), the hope it to simply contain him.

Injury Report 

The Wolves will be without Chase Budinger (knee) and center Ronny Turiaf (elbow). Love (personal) is questionable after the passing of his grandmother.

Wade (illness) has missed the last two games and is questionable for Saturday night’s game. Wade has missed five games this season. Center Chris Andersen missed Thursday night’s game due to personal reasons, but he’s expected to play against Minnesota.

Probable Starters

  Timberwolves Heat
PG Ricky Rubio Mario Chalmers
SG Kevin Martin Dwyane Wade*
SF Corey Brewer LeBron James
PF Dante Cunningham Shane Battier
C Nikola Pekovic Chris Bosh


*-Questionable for tonight

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