MIAMI AT ORLANDO
Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN
Rather than double-team Dwight Howard and try to get back to the shooters that made almost 100 more three-pointers than the No. 2 team last season, the Heat single-covered Howard, daring him to do his worst.
Howard's worst was 19 points on eight-for-15 shooting, as his teammates went four of 24 on threes.
Afterward, Coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged his team struggles against smart defenses — like the Celtics, who held the Magic to 90 points a game in last spring's East finals upset.
So even if the Heat and Coach Eric Spoelstra are dogged by expectations and rumors of a Pat Riley visitation, this is a test of both teams.
— Mark Heisler