Feb 5, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade (3) and forward LeBron James (6) in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Heat defeated the Clippers 116-112. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Host Miami Heat, look to win going into the break

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Phoenix Suns host Miami Heat

Goran Dragic and his teammates will have their hands full as the Suns host Miami and the two-time defending champions in the desert. They need to put everything they have into this game, as they head into the All-Star break.

The Suns probably already have this mindset, but they need to make sure they aren’t star struck by the star power of the Heat. They can’t be in awe of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh or Ray Allen as they matchup in this game. Especially P.J. Tucker will have trouble keeping “King James” from having a dominating performance.

Key Matchup:

Gerald Green versus Dwyane Wade. Both of these guys are X-factors for their respective teams. When they do well, so does their team. Hopefully Green has his shot “on” in this game. On the defensive side of the ball, Green needs to not fall asleep. Wade always is shifty, cutting to the hoop when you turn your back.

What the Suns offense needs to focus on:

DON’T TURN THE BALL OVER. The “flying death machine” of the Heat is hard to stop, but you can’t let them get out in the open court. The key is to get physical with them, bodying them up. This seems like a game the Morris twins need to and will step up in.

What the Suns defense needs to watch out for:

Play solid defense, don’t foul too much and stay home on the short corner. It will be the dagger in the heart if Ray Allen, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers are draining threes. They don’t want to give up very many fastbreak points, so they will need to get back in transition.

Prediction:

Behind total team effort, the Suns will be victorious by a score of 115-110.

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Tags: Basketball Chris Bosh Gerald Green Lebron James Marcus Morris Markieff Morris NBA P.j Tucker Phoenix Suns Ray Allen

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