The Grizzlies are one of the few teams that might be able to expose flaws the Heat have. They rebound well, are one of few franchises that have true big men at the power forward and center position, have an athletic and tall small forward who can play and they will be playing at home. Heat stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh will have their hands full especially if Dwyane Wade is still suffering from the cold he had Friday night.
The Heat’s only loss came on the road this season and their ability to defend big men and rebound effectively is still a question yet to be answered. The Grizzlies are seventh in the NBA in rebounding, fifth in scoring per game, ninth in assist per game, and eighth in points allowed. While the Heat have shown the major matchup problems they cause on offense, they have yet to play a team with two big men that can both score in the low-post along with a scoring wing player such as Grizzlies’ forward Rudy Gay.
James through six games is averaging a career best 10 rebounds per game but has not played against a front court this solid. The Heat’s top three stars all are averaging at least 20 points per game for the first time in the ‘Big 3′ era but tonight’s game will be a battle to show how good they truly are against a team that’s strengths are the Heats’ weakness.
The game will tip-off at 6p.m. at the Fedex Forum in Memphis, Tenn.