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Game preview: Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat battle by the beach

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The Splash Brothers in town and there’s a high chance of rain inside American Airlines Arena this evening! The Golden State Warriors take on the Miami Heat in what’s sure to be an exciting battle against the NBA’s elite!

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Tip-off: 4:30pm PST
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
TV: CSN Bay Area, NBA TV
Radio: KNBR 680
Blog Buddy: www.hothothoops.com

Team Overviews

50 wins

50-5? Oh what a feeling! But there's still plenty of work to be done! The Warriors are coming off two back to back wins in LA and Atlanta. Stephen Curry soared past the Hawks with 34 points Monday night with Klay Thompson dropping 27 points right behind him. Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut were beasts on the defensive tip, the duo recording 25 rebounds. The squad is hoping to land another win in Miami, hopefully Golden State's newest addition Anderson Varejao will be suited up to play.

The Heat's going to put their defense to the test against Golden State's heavy arsenal of shooters. They'll be doing this without Chris Bosh who's listed as inactive (he hasn't addressed his medical ordeal but wish him the best!). The Heat are 9-12 before going into the All-star break and have gone 3-0 after. Be on the look out for Dwyane Wade, who's averaging 18.7 ppg. He could have a highlight worthy night against the Dubs.

Key to the game: Stay focused.

Play your cards right, Golden State. Go into American Airlines Arena and play it smart with the execution to win. A solid shot selection and hard hitting defense will help us succeed tonight.

Highlight Predictions

  • Another 30+ performance for Stephen Curry? Indeed! He's averaging 29.8 points per game and is finding open shots from all over the court.
  • Can Draymond go for his 12th Triple Double tonight? Nothings stopping Mr. Green right now. I predict he's going to pull it off and add it to his already incredible resume.
  • Will Anderson Varejao make an impact in Miami? If he does play, it'll be real exciting to see what he does off the bench. Anderson's going to be a great fit with our rotation. He can help greatly in the center position. If he gets minutes today I think he'll have a solid night.
  • It's raining 3's in Miami? If both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson get their way and light up the 3-point line, the crowds going to be in for a treat.

Win Prediction: I feel like this is going to be a close one, Warriors win it by 4!

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