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Miami Heat Visit Minnesota Timberwolves: Game 4 Preview

The undefeated Miami Heat (3-0) visit the winless Minnesota Timberwolves (0-2) tonight in Minneapolis.

The Miami Heat will be visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis at the Target Center tonight. It's the only meeting this season between the two clubs. For the Timberwolves this is the first game of a five game homestand. They go on to face the Dallas Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies before finishing up next Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. For Miami, this is the second game of a two game road trip. They won in Charlotte against the Bobcats, 96-95 on Wednesday night on a last minute shot by Dwyane Wade.

The last time the two teams met was April Fools Day. Miami won by 19 to send the Timberwolves to their ninth consecutive loss. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 32, While Chris Bosh had 24 points with 11 rebounds and LeBron James also tallied a double double with 27 points and 10 assists. Martell Webster led the Timberwolves with 22 points off the bench.

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Miami has won their first three games of the season, most recently a 96-95 victory in Charlotte against the Bobcats on Wednesday night. LeBron James led the Heat with 35, while Chris Bosh pitched in 25 in the victory. Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 21 points.

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Minnesota is still looking for their first victory of the season. In their last game, they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 98-95 on Tuesday night. Kevin Love led the TWolves with 31 points and 20 rebounds.

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All-Time Series: 24-19

Game Time: 8:00 EST

Season Series: 0-0


Miami Heat: 3-0, first in the Southeast Division and the Eastern Conference, tied for second in the NBA.

Minnesota Timberwolves: 0-2, tied for fourth in the Northwest Division, tied for 11th in the Western Conference, tied for 23rd in the NBA.

Probable Starters:

Miami Heat

PG - Mario Chalmers

SG - Dwyane Wade

SF - LeBron James

PF - Chris Bosh

C - Joel Anthony

Minnesota Timberwolves

PG - Luke Ridnour

SG - Wes Johnson

SF - Michael Beasley

PF - Kevin Love

C - Darko Milicic

Common Thread:

Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley played in 159 games for the Heat over two seasons, scoring 14 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes per game.

Team Milestones:.

With two more 3-pointers, Mario Chalmers will move past Keith Askins into eighth place, with 276.

Seven more field goals for will move Udonis Haslem into sixth place all-time past Eddie Jones with 2,142.

Eight more free throws will move LeBron James past Steve Smith into 15th all time, with 543. Nine more field goals will give him 800, moving him past Willie Burton into 20th. Two more assists will move him past Rony Seikaly into 18th all-time, with 574. 12 points for James moves him past Billy Thompson, into the top 20 with 2,221 points.

Team Leaders:


LeBron James, 32.7

Dwyane Wade, 20.0

Chris Bosh, 15.7


Udonis Haslem,10.7

Chris Bosh, 8.0

LeBron James, 7.3


Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, 6.0

Mario Chalmers, 3.7


Mario Chalmers, 3.0

LeBron James, 2.3

Dwyane Wade, Norris Cole, 1.3


Dwyane Wade, 2.3

LeBron James, 1.7

Chris Bosh, 1.3

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.