By Craig Kwasniewski
Doubleheader action tonight on TNT. One game is an intriguing rematch from earlier in the season while the other features two teams clearly on their downward slide. Here's a quick peek at the action:
Detroit at Miami: Suit-Fu against a kinder-gentler Detroit Pistons. Shaq is recovering from knee surgery and Miami is suddenly looking really old. (BTW - knee surgery was not on the injury pool so money will be returned.) Dwyane Wade's doing his best to carry the Heat until the Big Mannequin returns to action, averaging an impressive 33.7 points, 13.3 assists and 6 rebounds the last three games. The rest of the Heat need to pick up the slack for them to have any chance against the Pistons tonight.
The Pistons have recovered from a sluggish start, running off six straight wins. The defensive oriented Pistons of the past four seasons is long gone, they are giving up an average 96.4 points per game. Still, I see Detroit winning this game, but expect another heroic effort from Wade.
Utah at LA Lakers: Before the season started, I was going to give these tickets away for an early Christmas gift. I have to admit that I'm still having a hard time believing in the Utah Jazz resurgence. Didn't they have similar starts the past two seasons? I say wait until AK-47 and Boozer put in 30 games before we count them as contenders, they usually drop out with injuries around the holidays. Though, I'm curious to see how good Deron Williams is in person.
The Lakers were stymied by Milwaukee's zone defense on Tuesday. I expect to see more of the same tonight. Unlike Tuesday, where Kobe seemed a step slow, I expect a more healthy effort from Number 24. Utah wins a close one.