The Miami Heat were manhandled a week ago by the Detroit Pistons 107-97 in Miami. Detroit out-rebounded Miami 46-34 and outscored them in the paint 60-48. Miami played the game without Dwyane Wade, who was resting his knee, and they struggled shooting from the outside. With the paint packed in by the defensive frontcourt of Detroit, Miami was relegated to jump shots. They went 9-of-28 from the three-point line, including 3-of-17 from their starting lineup.
On Sunday, Miami got their rematch against Detroit and again, it was without Wade in the lineup as he needed another day off. This time, Miami won 110-95 even though once again they were dominated on the glass and in the paint. Detroit out-rebounded them 43-34 and outscored them 56-40 in the paint.
The biggest difference in this game? Well, that’d be the shooting percentage, as the Heat shot over 55 percent for the second-straight game and held the Pistons to just 42 percent. Without Wade, Miami attacked the basket less and instead settled for open, mid-range jumpers.
On Tuesday, Miami will face the Indiana Pacers in a likely preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. Having played against four straight teams that play a style similar to Indiana, Miami should be able to implement the same game plan they have used the last two games instead of the first two that did not see much success. If Miami can keep the rebounding total close, they should be able to beat the Pacers and finish this road trip with three straight victories.