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TONIGHT'S GAME: Oklahoma City Thunder (21-5) at Heat (18-6)
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: AmericanAirlines Arena

ABC (Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Lisa Salters)

Radio: AM 790/104.3 FM & The Heat Radio Network (Mike Inglis, John Crotty)

Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

SERIES: Oklahoma City leads 30-18. The Thunder, formerly the Seattle Supersonics, is one of the only teams in the league to hold a winning record against the Heat in Miami. The Thunder is 13-11 all-time in Miami.

SCOUTING REPORT: The Heat is 10-3 against the Western Conference, including 6-1 at home. Golden State is the only Western Conference team with a win at AmericanAirlines Arena this season. Miami is ranked atop the league in field-goal percentage (.498) and three-point field-goal percentage (.411).

Miami has won on Christmas Day three seasons in a row. The Heat is 6-2 all-time on Christmas Day. The Heat’s last loss on Christmas (2007) was to the Cavaliers. LeBron James had 25 points. Apropos of nothing today, but the Heat is 4-0 all-time against the Lakers on Christmas. I guess that's alwasy worth mentioning.

The Thunder (21-5) is 10-2 against the Eastern Conference, including 5-1 on the road. Oklahoma City has won on Christmas two seasons in a row. Oklahoma City is ranked second in the league in points per game (105.1), field-goal percentage (.481) and three-point field-goal percentage (.402).

Before its loss to the Timberwolves on Thursday, the Thunder had won 12 games in a row, including four straight road games. While the Thunder is known for its explosive offense, the team's overall defense has been impressive as well. Opponents had averaged a meager 42 percent shooting against the Thunder over its first 26 games (96.2 points per game).

The Heat has made at least 10 three-pointers in three consecutive games. No Heat team has ever had four games in a row of double-digit threes. Miami has won its last four games by double digits. During its current four-game winning streak, the Heat has outscored its opponents by an average of 18.0 points per game. The Heat is shooting .508 during the streak while averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game, 10.25 steals per game and 6.25 blocks per game.

Opponents have committed an average of 20.25 turnovers per game during the Heat's four-game winning streak.

Over his past six games, Dwyane Wade is shooting 62.4 percent (53 of 85) from the field while averaging 4.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists. 

LeBron James has scored at least 20 points in the Heat's first 24 games of the season. James' personal streak dates back to end of last season. James has scored at least 20 points in 29 straight regular-season games. Including the playoffs, he has scored at least 20 points in 45 games.

Many believed the Thunder would take a hit after the James Harden-for-Kevin Martin trade. It hasn't happened. Martin is shooting .469 from the field and .458 from three-point range for 15.7 points per game. He is ranked third on the team in scoring and is an impressive 101 of 108 from the free-throw line.

“I thought it was a good trade when it happened for both sides,” Dwyane Wade said. “Kevin Martin is a guy who brings something different to the team but he can score 20 a night. He’s proven it over the course of time.”

The Thunder hasn't change much from last season but Martin's ability has a catch-and-shoot scorer has opened things even more of the offense. Harden required the ball to produce. That's not the case with Martin, who plays well off the ball.

According to Synergy Sports, 30 percent of Martin's offense comes off of off-the-dribble jumpers. He is scoring 1.265 points per possession on those shots, which ranks in the top seven percent of the league's shooters.

"It puts the ball in [Russell] Westbrook and Durant’s hands more and that is a challenge,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The Thunder is 11-2 when Westbrook and Durant each score at least 20 points in a game.

“The most important thing is we’re being disruptive,” Wade said. “Most nights, we’re going to be out-sized but I think with our activity and our effort, we’re getting a lot of deflections and getting to a lot of loose balls. Turning teams over is what we love to do so we can get out on the open floor.”
Dwyane Wade, on the Heat's current streak of opponents recording at least 20 turnovers

"It’s the same two teams. It’s not much of a different look. They’re missing Harden but they have a nice piece in Kevin Martin and we’re the same with a different lineup but for the most part we have the same look.”
LeBron James, debunking the myths daily

“It’s not going to be one guy guarding Kevin Durant. It’s going to be five guys on a swivel when he has the ball. Some thing with Westbrook, we’ve got to contest and block his jumpers.”
Udonis Haslem


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Is Dwayne the most overrated superstar in the NBA? I know he's a superstar because they tell me so!

fire ireland!


Reports of D Wade's death are greatly exaggerated!!

RIO gets up for his matchups with Westbrook and the Thunder.

LBJ - still - the best player on the planet.

Haslem and The Warden's defense is still needed on this team. They don't take the ball out our scorers hands, and there help defense is immense!

SPO's teams still score coming out of timeouts.

Kendrick Perkins still plays like a B---- (hint: it's not a Boston Celtic)

Rasheed Wallace can get a technical for looking at an official (if they are playing the Lakers), but after an out of bounds replay rightly gives the ball to the Knicks, Kobe shows more demonstrative emotion than some women who are giving birth and receives......nothing. It's getting tough to watch any Laker games without doubting the integrity of the league. With leads me to my (and Jeff Van Gundy's) question: Who leads the NBA in scoring all time on Dec 26?

Hope everybody had a great Christmas!

Signed - "one of the eight people who follow Joe's blog, and is OK with that"

Good game.... Good win.... So far, we're 5-0... Not bad.... I think if there is a stretch where we should go 10-0, this is it... Nice to see us battle against a top team like the Thunder... A match up that just might be the one we face come June... I really enjoyed watching this win...

We move forward...

Bobcats 2nite... Come to play... REFOCUS... We can't play down... The next five are all winnable, and with the right focus we should get this done... Let's get it... Watching all things Heat... 007...

Lets hope for a Josh Harrellson sighting tonight.

The Wizards signed Garrett Temple

Whatta crappy game ! Too much hero-ball & pathetic officiating. Both teams obviously caught up in X-mas spotlight as game had little flow of team ball... especially in 2nd half. Those refs were terrible !

Ever notice that LBJ will guard the opposing team's best perimeter (and some times post) player? But it's a rare moment that KD ends up guarding Lebron.

I like KD personally, but there is still a WORLD of difference between his game and LBJ's. Spoiler alert: Heat fans, we come out on top of this one.

Refs were terrible, and there was alot of ISO plays from the Heat, but the thing is ISO are so dangerous when its Bron or Wade, because people are always going to double team those guys, and they are such good passers, they going to hit the open man.. normally I would say stop with the ISO's move the ball more, but when its Bron or Wade... lets them work!

Greggembe, "signed one of the 8 people who follow Joes blog" real funny, actually its really embarrassing to be honest. I would be mortified if I wrote this blog and had that many people on here.

hey hey hey, Joe does an awesome job.. Im on here and Ira's blog as well.. Ira's blog was pretty legit until the sun-sentenial got wrapped up with some online subscription crap and you have to pay to join.. Ill take this blog (FREE) over any blog i have to pay to express my feeling about my favorite team

Smitty, Sorry to burst your bubble. But Armando tweeted 2 Weeks ago that the Herald will become a pay site come January. So enjoy the free blogging on here until then. And btw, Joe needs to step up his game, bottom line. Easily explaining why there is not many people on here.

Heat are like the old bull team let's you play them close than rip your hearts out

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