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MINNESOTA (16 - 40) at MIAMI (36 - 21)
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Wednesday, 2/26/2020 7:35 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-40-29.619-3532-24112.757.543.7%54.8116.858.247.1%56.0
Road Games9-19-2.713-1417-11114.457.744.5%53.6118.559.947.9%55.5
Last 5 Games0-5-4.21-44-1118.064.842.5%52.4129.267.851.8%58.6
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.757.540-9243.7%13-4033.3%19-2675.8%551124218156
vs opponents surrendering111.455.841-8945.8%12-3435.5%18-2377.2%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)114.457.740-9044.5%14-3934.8%20-2677.0%541023218156
Stats Against (All Games)116.858.243-9047.1%12-3236.6%20-2579.3%561024228156
vs opponents averaging111.855.941-8946.1%12-3435.8%18-2377.9%531024217145
Stats Against (Road Games)118.559.944-9147.9%12-3236.5%19-2578.7%561124238156

MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games36-21+18.229-2634-22112.358.446.8%54.1108.953.844.6%50.1
Home Games23-3+20.417-817-9116.960.348.8%55.2106.052.343.8%48.0
Last 5 Games2-3-4.22-34-1116.265.646.9%49.8115.252.245.5%54.2
MIAMI Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.358.440-8546.8%13-3537.8%20-2577.9%54926207144
vs opponents surrendering111.756.141-8946.1%12-3335.9%18-2376.9%531024208145
Team Stats (Home Games)116.960.341-8448.8%14-3440.2%21-2678.9%55927207144
Stats Against (All Games)108.953.839-8744.6%13-3834.0%18-2477.7%50925218134
vs opponents averaging110.855.541-8945.7%12-3335.4%17-2377.1%531024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)106.052.338-8843.8%12-3832.3%17-2276.8%48924228134
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.6,  MIAMI 95.5
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/17/2020@ INDIANA114-116L6.5W218O40-8845.5%421346-8256.1%5013
1/22/2020@ CHICAGO110-117L1L219O41-8647.7%501839-8446.4%5812
1/25/2020OKLAHOMA CITY104-113L-2L225.5U40-9044.4%501339-8048.7%4811
2/1/2020@ LA CLIPPERS106-118L10L230U34-8440.5%551745-9845.9%5613
2/3/2020@ SACRAMENTO109-113L1L227U37-8543.5%541638-7550.7%4516
2/8/2020LA CLIPPERS142-115W9.5W232.5O52-9554.7%531241-8747.1%4715
2/10/2020@ TORONTO126-137L8L235.5O39-8645.3%482351-8957.3%4718
2/23/2020@ DENVER116-128L16W229O40-9044.4%501553-9058.9%5013
2/24/2020@ DALLAS123-139L14L239O42-9544.2%551151-10150.5%6512
2/26/2020@ MIAMI              
2/28/2020@ ORLANDO              
3/3/2020@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/8/2020NEW ORLEANS              
3/10/2020@ HOUSTON              
3/13/2020@ OKLAHOMA CITY              

MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/17/2020@ OKLAHOMA CITY115-108W-1W216O41-8448.8%591137-8444.0%3810
1/19/2020@ SAN ANTONIO102-107L-2L225.5U37-8643.0%53936-8542.4%4811
1/24/2020LA CLIPPERS117-122L2.5L219O40-9343.0%58943-9445.7%548
2/1/2020@ ORLANDO102-89W-3.5W216.5U33-7742.9%591333-8339.8%439
2/5/2020@ LA CLIPPERS111-128L6.5L224.5O40-9343.0%49845-8950.6%5911
2/7/2020@ SACRAMENTO97-105L-1L219.5U34-7744.2%562040-8248.8%4314
2/9/2020@ PORTLAND109-115L5L225.5U39-9839.8%571340-8547.1%5614
2/10/2020@ GOLDEN STATE113-101W-7W220U43-8749.4%551130-7739.0%4616
2/12/2020@ UTAH101-116L5L216.5O38-8843.2%431141-8548.2%5814
2/20/2020@ ATLANTA124-129L-6L229O40-9840.8%621541-8548.2%4916
2/24/2020@ CLEVELAND119-125L-6.5L221.5O44-9645.8%551243-9843.9%6612
3/6/2020@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/8/2020@ WASHINGTON              
3/13/2020NEW YORK              
MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 36-46, finished 11th in Western Conference.
COACH: Ryan Saunders (second season, 17-25 as interim coach last season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jeff Teague (12.1 ppg), G Andrew Wiggins (18.1), F Jake Layman (7.6), F Robert Covington (14.5), C Karl-Anthony Towns (24.4).
KEY LOSSES: G Derrick Rose, G Tyus Jones, F Taj Gibson, F Dario Saric, F Anthony Tolliver, G Jerryd Bayless, F Luol Deng.
KEY ADDITIONS: Layman, G Jarrett Culver, G Shabazz Napier, G/F Treveon Graham, F Noah Vonleh, F Jordan Bell, G Jaylen Nowell, C Naz Reid.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Towns is as versatile of a big man as there is in the league, but he can't carry the scoring load alone so the pressure will be on Wiggins to take a step forward under Saunders in the second year of his max contract extension carrying a $27 million salary cap hit. Having a healthy Covington, the team's best defender who arrived in the Jimmy Butler trade from the Sixers last season but missed the last 45 games because of a bone bruise on his knee, will be a critical factor. Culver, the sixth overall pick in the draft out of NCAA runner up Texas Tech, ought to provide more of that valuable perimeter defense along with Josh Okogie off the bench. Either of them could crack the starting lineup at some point, too.
OUTLOOK: The Timberwolves have started fresh, yet again, with Saunders, the youngest coach in the league, beneath an overhauled front office headed by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. With Towns and Wiggins, they have a pair of under-25 standouts locked in, and a quiet offseason relative to the rest of the NBA yielded some useful role players in Layman, Vonleh, Bell, Napier and Graham. The first steps are to establish themselves as a far more consistent and efficient team on defense and shooting from the outside. With the Western Conference even more loaded than before, though, it will be tough to measure progress in the standings. Increasing their win total will be a tall order.
MIAMI: LAST SEASON: 39-43, finished in 10th place in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Erik Spoelstra (12th season, 523-363).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Justise Winslow (12.6 ppg), G Dion Waiters (12.0), G Jimmy Butler (18.7 with Minnesota and Philadelphia), F Kelly Olynyk (10.0), C Bam Adebayo (8.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Dwyane Wade, G Josh Richardson, C Hassan Whiteside, G Rodney McGruder.
KEY ADDITIONS: Butler, G Tyler Herro, F-C Meyers Leonard.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Butler gets a team to call his own, and assumes the role of locker-room leader in the place of Wade ' who retired after 16 seasons, most of them with Miami. The Heat are hoping for healthier years from Waiters and PG Goran Dragic, after both missed about half of last season. Herro, the No. 13 pick in this year's draft, had a strong summer league and followed that up with big numbers in the preseason so he'll clearly be in the mix somewhere. Adebayo enters his first full year as the starting center, a job he won down the stretch last season, and will get help from fellow bigs Olynyk and Leonard. Winslow wants to be a leader for the group, but has missed 94 games in the last three seasons.
OUTLOOK: The Heat haven't won a playoff series since 2016 and are only 124-122 over the last three seasons, yet believe they can get back into more of a postseason-contender role ' even without Wade, who was the team's best player last season. Getting Butler was a major boost and he'll unquestionably be the key to everything Miami does, though he won't be asked to carry the load by himself. Defense wasn't the problem for Miami last season after the Heat finished No. 2 in the league in points allowed; the biggest issue was inconsistent offense, which figures to get better.
Heat happy to return home, host hapless Timberwolves

Home is where the wins are for the Miami Heat.

The Heat, coming off an embarrassing road loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, will return home on Wednesday to face the Minnesota Timberwolves.

At home, the Heat's 23-3 record is one of the three best in the NBA.

On the road, Miami is just 13-18. The Heat have lost six of their past seven road games, including three in a row.

"It's not shocking," Heat center Bam Adebayo said of the loss at Cleveland. "We're bad on the road."

That won't be an issue Wednesday.

Minnesota has lost 18 of its past 19 games overall, including five in a row.

One of Minnesota's top priorities will be controlling Adebayo, who nearly had a triple-double on Monday with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. He also blocked four shots and had three steals.

Miami is hoping that five-time All-Star Jimmy Butler returns to the lineup after missing two games due to personal reasons.

Butler, who leads Miami in scoring (20.6), assists (6.2) and steals (1.8), is the Heat's best overall player. He is essential to Heat winning because he makes more than twice as many free throws per game (7.6) as Miami's next-best player in that category (Adebayo).

Those easy points for Butler -- who makes 83.6 percent of his foul shots -- are needed for Miami to close out games, which was a problem at Cleveland on Monday. The Heat blew a 22-point lead in the second half against the Cavaliers.

There is a chance Butler returns against Minnesota. He is listed as questionable.

However, Heat players Tyler Herro and center Meyers Leonard -- who each have missed eight straight games due to ankle injuries -- are not ready to return just yet. Leonard is second on the Heat in 3-point percentage (42.9) and Herro is fourth (39.3). Together, they are averaging 19.2 points.

With those players out, the Heat have been relying on Adebayo but also rookie guard Kendrick Nunn (15.6 scoring average) and reserve guard Goran Dragic (16.3 points, 5.0 assists).

Minnesota will be handicapped because star center Karl-Anthony Towns is out due to a wrist injury. Towns leads Minnesota in scoring (26.5), rebounds (10.8) and blocks (1.2).

Without Towns, recently acquired Timberwolves point guard D'Angelo Russell will have even more of a burden on his shoulders. He scored a game-high 29 points in Monday's 139-123 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Timberwolves also have two former Heat forwards on their roster: Michael Beasley, who had 21 points against Dallas; and James Johnson, who added 19. They combined to make 14 of 29 shots from the floor, including 6 of 15 on 3-pointers.

Minnesota sent away seven players and brought in eight new ones just prior to the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Among the players getting an opportunity with the Timberwolves is 5-foot-11 reserve point guard Jordan McLaughlin, an undrafted rookie from Southern Cal.

McLaughlin had career highs in points (24) and assists (11) in Minnesota's most recent win, a 142-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 8.

"This league is full of opportunities," McLaughlin said. "When you get that opportunity, you have to seize the moment, and that's what I'm trying to do."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 4/1/2020 5:45:40 AM EST

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