NBA Game Preview - Cavaliers v Heat

 
NBA Basketball
Scoreboard| Stats|Standings|Teams|Players|Player News|Injuries|Transactions
100
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Cleveland 22 26 29 23 100
Miami 32 43 24 25 124
124
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , November 20, 2019
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 19,600

Cavs look to end losing streak at Heat

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat

  1. Nearly a decade has passed since the Cavaliers last won in Miami, losing 16 in a row there since a 92-91 victory on January 25, 2010. It is the longest home winning streak the Heat have ever enjoyed against an opponent, and it's tied for Cleveland's third-longest road losing streak versus a single opponent.
  2. Cleveland has averaged 98.5 points during its current four-game losing streak; the only teams to have a lower scoring average in a four-game span this season are Orlando, New York and Sacramento.
  3. Miami's 9-3 record matches the best 12-game start in franchise history, last achieved in 2013-14. This is the second time in franchise history the Heat haven't lost any of their first five home games -- the other occasion was the 2012-13 team which opened 8-0 at home.
  4. Collin Sexton has scored in double figures in 36 consecutive games; no Miami player has an active streak of longer than seven games. Sexton's streak is the fourth longest by a Cleveland player in the past decade behind LeBron James (301), Kyrie Irving (58) and Kevin Love (46).
  5. Kendrick Nunn has scored at least 20 points in three straight games to raise his season average to 17.8. He's trying to become the first undrafted player to average at least 17.0 points in a season (minimum 50 games) since Mike James with Toronto in 2005-06 (20.3). The only others to do it in the last 40 seasons were Moses Malone, John Starks and David Wesley.
  6. Monday's 123-105 loss in New York marked the seventh time this season that Cleveland has had at least six players score in double figures, tied with Phoenix for most in the league. The Cavs have done it five times this month but won only one of those games.

The health of two key players could be crucial for the Cleveland Cavaliers when they visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

Power forward Kevin Love, who leads the Cavs in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (12.1) while ranking second in assists (2.9), sat out Cleveland's 123-105 loss at the New York Knicks on Monday night due to back tightness. It was the first game Love has missed this season.

The Cavaliers were also without backup post player Larry Nance Jr., who has a sprained left thumb.

Nance, who is averaging 9.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, has missed two straight games.

It is not yet known if Love and/or Nance will be ready to face the Heat, but Cavaliers coach John Beilein surely felt their absences against New York.

"We were missing two really good players, and we're not really deep as it is," Beilein said. "We were missing one of our best, if not our best player (Love), and our power sixth man (Nance). That's a really big difference."

The Cavaliers, who are on a four-game losing streak, are 2-5 on the road this season, adding to their challenge.

Miami, which beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland 108-97 last Thursday night, is 5-0 at home this season and enters Wednesday on a three-game win streak overall.

The Heat have been led this season by 6-7 wing Jimmy Butler, Miami's biggest offseason acquisition. After missing Miami's first three games on paternity leave, Butler has proven his worth, leading the Heat in scoring (18.4), assists (7.2) and steals (2.8). He is also averaging 5.8 rebounds and making 82.4 percent from the foul line.

Butler, who has earned a reputation as an unselfish star, nearly had a triple-double in Miami's most recent game, providing 16 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds in a 109-94 home win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

But Butler refuses to take all the credit for Miami's 9-3 record, which ties the best 12-game start in team history.

"We share the ball well," Butler said of his Heat teammates. "We've got guys who can get the ball to the basket, and that always helps."

Miami had 31 assists in that win over Cleveland last Thursday, earning praise from Beilein.

"Most winning teams have high assist numbers," he said.

Miami's unselfish play has reached even to its center, Bam Adebayo, who is averaging a double-double with 13.9 points and 10.5 rebounds but also 4.6 assists.

Adebayo is one of four Heat players whose assists totals are higher than Cavaliers leader Darius Garland (3.3).

The Heat, however, do have some injury concerns heading into Wednesday's game.

Backup point guard Goran Dragic, who is second on the team in points (16.1) and assists (5.1), missed Saturday's game due to an illness. It is possible he could return for Wednesday's game.

Two Miami players who will be out on Wednesday barring some late change of plans are point forward Justise Winslow (concussion) and wing Derrick Jones (left hip). Neither has yet been cleared to practice, although Jones is closer to a return than Winslow.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 19, 2019

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2019 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.