January 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. The Heat defeated the Warriors 92-75. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Look To Shock Heat Again: Game Preview


If there is one team from the Western Conference that has the Miami Heat’s number, it’s the Golden State Warriors, believe it or not.

Yes, the Warriors are the only team from the West to have beaten the Heat twice in the last two seasons, which is a testament to just how good the Heat have been, winning back-to-back titles and looking for a three-peat.

Their paths will collide once more on Wednesday night, as the Warriors welcome the Heat to Oracle Arena in their final game before the All-Star break.

The Warriors are coming off of a blowout win over the 76ers, 123-80 on Tuesday night. Marreese Speights had a career-high 32 points and the bench played well, giving the starters some much-needed rest.

That could be key tonight, as the Heat are playing the back-end of a back-to-back. They beat the Suns in Phoenix 103-97 on Tuesday night and are playing their fourth straight road game. The Warriors must take advantage of this and get off to a good start if they want to knock off King James and the Heat once again.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors:

  • Points per game: 103.4 (10th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 45.9% (9th)
  • Three-point percentage: 38.2% (T-2nd)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.4 percent (3rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 46.0 (2nd)
  • Turnovers: 15.9 (29th)
  • Bench scoring per game: 24.1 (29th)

Heat:

  • Points per game: 104.0 (8th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 50.7% (1st)
  • Three-point percentage: 36.8 (10th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 46.0% (22nd)
  • Rebounds per game: 36.8 (30th)
  • Turnovers: 14.7 (20th)
  • Bench scoring per game: 30.8 (18th)

History Says

The Warriors have taken three of the last four matchups against the Heat. No, that is not a typo.

History, at least recently, favors Golden State in this one.

Injury Report

GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out. Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist inflammation) and Andrew Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) are game-time decisions.

MIA: None.

*Dwyane Wade missed Tuesday’s game with a migraine headache.

Probable Starters

GOLDEN STATE (31-21)

  • F Andre Iguodala (9.6 PPG)
  • F Draymond Green (5.2 PPG)
  • C David Lee (18.8 PPG)
  • G Klay Thompson (18.3 PPG)
  • G Stephen Curry (24.6 PPG)

MIAMI (36-14)

  • F LeBron James (26.1 PPG)
  • F Shane Battier (5.0 PPG)
  • C Chris Bosh (16.8 PPG)
  • G Dwyane Wade (18.6)
  • G Mario Chalmers (9.6)

Game Info

Tip-Off: 7:30 PST

Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

TV: NBATV, LOCAL

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