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Game preview: Utah Jazz at Miami Heat

Published December 16, 2013 5:55 pm
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Miami • When Ty Corbin was asked which of his players would match up with LeBron James, the Utah Jazz coach didn't have an answer Monday morning.It's something the Jazz were still trying to figure out a few hours before tipping off against the Miami Heat, the first game of a five-game road swing."He whole league is trying to figure out how to stop him," Corbin said.James, the NBA's reigning MVP, is averaging 25 points and better than six rebounds and six assists a night for the 17-6 Heat."This team in Miami is still one of the best teams, if not the best team, in the league," Corbin said. "You have to make sure you're on your game against them."Tipoff • 5:30 p.m. MT.TV • ROOT SportsRadio • 97.5 FM, 960 AM, 1280 AMUtah's probable starters:PG — Trey Burke, 13.1 ppg, 5 apgSG — Gordon Hayward, 17.2 ppg, 5.4 rpgSF — Richard Jefferson, 10.2 ppg, 3 rpgPF — Marvin Williams, 10.3 ppg, 5.1 rpgC — Derrick Favors, 13.5 ppg, 9.2 rpgMiami's probable starters:PG — Mario Chalmers, 8.8 ppg, 4.6 apgSG — Dwyane Wade, 18.8 ppg, 5.2 apgSF — LeBron James, 25 ppg, 6.7 rpgPF — Shane Battier, 4.5 ppg, 1.8 rpgC — Chris Bosh, 14.3 ppg, 6.1 rpgOn the Jazz: Winners of their last two road games, with wins in Sacramento and Denver. … Playing five in a row away from EnergySolutions Arena, keeping with the franchise's tradition of having a long, pre-Christmas road trip. … Gordon Hayward has hit just two of his last 10 attempts from 3.On the Heat: The back-to-back NBA champions are 8-4 all time against the Jazz at AmericanAirlines Arena. … Has the best field-goal percentage in the league (50.6). … LeBron James has scored 30 or more points five times this year.The spread: Miami by 13.HOT: LeBron James has scored in double digits in 518 straight games, the fifth longest streak in NBA history.NOT: Jazz center Enes Kanter has made just one field goal in his last two games.— Aaron Falk



 

 

 

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