Heat At Wizards Preview: Season Finale

With the Wizards season finally coming to an end tonight, they will try to extend their winning streak to six as they close out the season against the Miami Heat.

Previous Match-Up

With LeBron James and Chris Bosh resting, the Wizards looked to take advantage off the Heat’s lack of depth, and it didn’t help Miami when Dwyane Wade dislocated his finger roughly three minutes into the game.

The Wizards came out full throttle and went on to win 86-84 with Nene’s game winning bucket. John Wall added 13 points and 13 assists, with 9 assists coming in the fourth quarter. Cartier Martin also contributed 22 points off the bench.

Although the Heat were without their ‘Big-Three,’ winning in Miami is sweet nonetheless.

Key Match-Up

Udonis Haslem always comes to play. His high motor is similar to Wizards’ rookie, Jan Vesely.

Vesely got thoroughly outplayed by Haslem during their last match up. Haslem went on to grab 15 rebounds, while Vesely only had five for the night.

Vesely is coming off a near double double in Cleveland, scoring 7 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Staying aggressive without fouling is the key for Vesely.

Other Notes

Jordan Crawford will sit out tonight’s game against Miami due to a nagging ankle injury.

John Wall is coming off of his best games of the season with his near quadruple-double in Cleveland. Wall scored 21 points, dished out 13 assists, and grabbed 7 rebounds, and his seven steals helped contribute to the many fast break points the Wizards scored.

This will be the final game of the season for the Wizards.

Prediction

The Wizards, like in past years, are ending their regular season on a positive note. Finishing the season strong was key for the young squad’s confidence. Getting a six game winning streak entering the 2013 NBA season would be a great motivational factor for all of the players on the team.

The Miami Heat are obviously the better team between the two, and are arguably the best team in the league. With LeBron, Wade, and Bosh out of the line up, the Heat are a completely different team. The lack of depth at the point guard position gives the Wizards a huge upper hand. John Wall has played great during the past five games, averaging 16 points and 11 assists per game. Wall will try to get his fifth straight double-double on Thursday, which would extend his career-high for consecutive double-doubles.

The only thing left to cheer for until the 2013 NBA season is the NBA draft lottery.

Expect the Wizards to win their sixth game in a row on Thursday.

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