Monday, February 10, 2020
Just a few days ago, the Miami Heat traded Justise Winslow, Dion Waiter, and James Johnson to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Andre Iguodala, Joe Crowder, and Solomon Hill. The Heat were already having a surprising season but with this trade, it may definitely give them a higher chance of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.
Tonight’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers will mark the first of two times that these two teams will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on January 5 when the Heat handed the Blazers a 122-111 loss. Goran Dragic finished that game with 29 points, 3 rebounds, and 13 assists while Damian Lillard had 34 points, one rebound, 12 assists, and 3 steals.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Heat and the Blazers have played each other a grand total of 62 times as the Heat won 23 games while the Blazers went on to grab 39 victories.
-Kyle Alexander (knee)
-Jimmy Butler (shoulder; 20.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Tyler Herro (ankle; 13.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.4 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Meyers Leonard (ankle; 6.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 52.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Gabe Vincent (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 21.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Portland Trail Blazers:
-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (leg; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (ankle; 3.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 43.0 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Anfernee Simons (concussion; 8.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 41.1 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Moses Brown (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%)
-Jaylen Hoard (G-League; 2.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 44.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
The Portland Trail Blazers would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to forty percent. Trevor Ariza got hot for 19 points as he missed only one of his eight shots attempted. He also had two three-pointers while recording 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.
Damian Lillard helped out with 11 points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line. Carmelo Anthony and C.J. McCollum combined for 16 points while they both had a three-pointer each. Hassan Whiteside had four points but grabbed seven rebounds and blocked 2 shots. Gary Trent played the most minutes off the bench as he had 13 points.
As for the Miami Heat, Duncan Robinson chalked up 15 points, earning all of them from behind the three-point line. Derrick Jones contributed with nine points on sixty-percent shooting. He also had two three-pointers while both Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn scored five points each. Jae Crowder played 16 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Blazers who went into halftime with a 63-60 lead.
The home team who close things out in the second half as they went on a 52-49 run. During that run, Damian Lillard got extremely hot for 22 points, drilling 3 three-pointers in the process. As for the Miami team, Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder combined for 24 points off the bench but it was the Trail Blazers who came away with a 115-109 win. Damian Lillard finished the game with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block while Goran Dragic had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.
The Miami Heat will head to California to take on Andrew Wiggins (24.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 75.0 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (12-41) on Monday at 10:30 p.m. This will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. November 29 was the last time they saw each other as the Warriors fell to the Heat, 122-105. During that game, Goran Dragic scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and committed one steal while Jordan Poole had 20 points, one rebound, and one assist.
The Portland Trail Blazers will head to Louisiana to battle Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the third of four times that they play each other this season. The last time they battled each other was on December 23 when the Pelicans defeated the Blazers, 102-94. Jrue Holiday finished that game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.