Dec 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dribbles the ball in front of Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin (23) in the first half at Target Center. The Heat won 103-82. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Wolves (37-37) at Heat (52-22)

If the Wolves play anything like they did on Wednesday night in an impressive home win over the Memphis Grizzlies, they could give the mighty Miami Heat a run for their money.

The previously stumbling squad from South Beach has feasted on Toronto, Detroit, and Milwaukee (twice) over their past four games after going on a March swoon which saw Miami have separate three-game and two-game losing streaks, which is unusual for coach Eric Spoelstra’s crew.

In all, the Heat lost 8 of 13 games from March 4th through the 26th, which is a prodigious fall for a team with the best player on the planet. But the cellar of the Eastern Conference is the best kind of medicine to erase any self-doubts that Miami’s players may have allowed to creep into their minds.

For the Wolves, they suddenly had a lighter load to fly down to Florida for Friday night’s tilt. Dante Cunningham was arrested early Thursday morning under suspicion of domestic assault, and little-used guard A.J. Price was waived, giving Minnesota two less players that will be on their bench for the game.

The rotation shouldn’t change much, but both Kevin Love and Gorgui Dieng should see an uptick in minutes, and it’s likely that Robbie Hummel could see the court as a small-ball ‘four’ against a generally smallish Heat squad. Here’s hoping that Luc Richard Mbah a Moute also sees some minutes guarding LeBron James, as Corey Brewer is simply too svelte and gamble-y to guard the King, and Hummel is, well, Robbie Hummel.

At any rate, the Wolves should be able to make this an entertaining contest, and Love will get to face the mighty Heat for the first time this season, as he missed the first match-up back in November due to his grandmother’s death. Superstars are always at the top of their game to face other superstars, so it should make for a good game.

Tip-off is at 6:30 CT (find Wolves vs. Heat tickets now,) and we’ll meet back here post-game with a recap. Enjoy the game!

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