Starting five's the same tonight at Miami
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- November 2, 2010 - 5:56 PM
Kurt Rambis said he contemplated making lineup changes after Saturday night's stinker of a game in Memphis, but decided to give his starters more time to play and grow together.
So, here are some of the matchups you'll see to start tonight's game:
Wayne Ellington defending Dwyane Wade.
Michael Beasley defending Mr. LeBron James.
Darko defending Chris Bosh.
How you like those?
Rambis did say, though, that he won't hesitate to change things up if the starters don't start by "doing the right things."
Some other stuff about tonight's game:
* Mike Beasley comes back tonight to Miami, where he played his first pro season. He's calling it just another road game, when clearly it's not.
"He was a great teammate, always kept us on our toes, to say the least," Heat star Dwyane Wade said after this morning's shootaround. "The kid is very talented. It's just about him putting all his talent together and really wanting to be great in this game, because he has the talent to be...I'm looking forward to seeing him tonight."
* Jonny Flynn said there's a little tightness in his hip today after going through his first contact practice yesterday, but called that feeling normal and said he's feeling good. He's being limited to 30-35 minutes of contact practice and was scheduled to spend five of those minutes scrimmaging yesterday, but the team called off their scrimmage because the floor on the hotel court where they practiced was slippery. He said each Monday is the next steppingstone in his recovery. So next Monday he'll do a little more scrimmaging and live action. How many more Mondays will there be until he plays for the first time this season. He smiled and said he still doesn't know.
* Welcome to the NBA , Wes Johnson. He thinks he has experienced a good bit of the league by now, but he hasn't seen nothing yet, not until tonight, when he likely will guard both LeBron and Wade some each.
"This is new for me, fun for me, coming out my rookie season and matchup with these two guys at once," he said. "Not in different games, all at once."
So what's his plan against LeBron?
"Contain him as much as possible. Send him to help-side defense as much as possible. Play good D. Try to use my length and my abilities to my advantage, too. That's all you can do.
I'll really just try to keep my composure and try to bottle all my excitement up."
* And don't forget: Anthony Tolliver's Youtube spoof of "The Decision" because, apparently, LeBron himself hasn't.
"When I did it, I had no intention to have him react," Tolliver said. "If he reacts one way or another, it doesn't bother me either way. If he's mad, whatever. If he thought it was funny...I didn't make it for him. I made it for my family and friends and people who know me and it just blew up from there."
Tolliver played with James for about a month in Cleveland, one of his many pro stops in the last three years.
"I say hi whenever I see him, but I don't have his number or hang out with him or anything," Tolliver said.
That's it for pregame.
Opening tap is coming up, and remember tonight's game is the first one on Ch. 29, so look for it there.
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