The Wizards put forth a valiant effort in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Heat 29-16 but it was not quite enough as they fell to the defending champs 103-93. The American Airlines Arena was the toughest place to play in the league last year with the Heat going 37-4 there and tonight was no exception. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 19 points and Marcin Gortat had a very solid double-double with 15 points and 11 boards.
John Wall is going through his normal pregame routine and based on what he told us after shootaround, he should be in the starting lineup tonight. Nene we probably won't know until right around gametime, so stay tuned for that. Both of these teams are looking to snap a two-game losing streak and the Wizards are searching for that first win of the season. Heading down to hear from head coach Randy Wittman for his pregame availability, stay tuned for more...
John Wall (back) did take part in morning shootaround. He will be a gametime decision tonight, but the fact that he went through shootaround is a good sign that he will play. Nene (calf) did not take part in shootaround and is also a gametime decision. He missed Friday's game and his status is more in question, though the injury is not believed to be serious and should not keep him out of the lineup for very long.
We landed in Miami yesterday evening, where the sun was shining and it was about 85 degrees outside.
While the weather was pleasant, the 0-2 start to the Wizards season has not been and tonight the team has a chance to make up for Friday night's loss with an upset over the defending champs.
It's not often you will play the Heat coming off two consecutive losses, but like the Wizards, they too have dropped two straight and are looking to right their own ship tonight at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Despite the media saying the Heat should be hungry since they have lost a few in a row, the Wizards are coming in with that same approach, which was something Randy Wittman and Trevor Booker both made mention of after yesterday's practice.
: "I thought I heard someone saying Miami should be upset coming off two losses, well we should be upset. We're coming off two losses, what do you mean Miami should be upset, we should be upset, I want our guys to feel that way. Man we've lost two games here we want to take it out on somebody. Why should Miami be the only ones upset."
Watch the end of the interview because watching Witt discuss this does more justice than reading the quotes:
on Miami: "They're probably going to be fired up, but we should be fired up also. We lost two games we felt like we should have won, so we should be just as hungry as they are."
The good part about playing Miami at their place tonight is that the Wiz should be able to come out loose. It looked like they were pressing a bit in the fourth quarter on Friday night, but tonight they should be able to come out and just play basketball.
With that said, this will be no picnic. Last season, neither game in Miami was close and it will take the Wizards to play a near perfect game for them to pull off the upset tonight.
If they do have upset on their mind, they'll need Bradley Beal to snap out of his shooting funk and give them a big performance from his shooting guard spot. See more on Beal in the official
We'll open up the
tonight around 6pm from the arena with commentary throughout the game.