3. Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers – Fri., Feb 2 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT
Fit player to watch: Justise Winslow (Heat) – Even though he’s not lighting it up on the offensive end of the floor—averaging 6.3 points per game—Winslow has been a defensive force for Miami this season. Head coach Erik Spoelstra often puts Winslow on the opposing team’s best offensive player in the fourth quarter, including in a recent win over the Hornets in which Winslow held Kemba Walker to just four points in the final 12 minutes of the game. Winslow’s first season was cut short by shoulder surgery, but he’s feeling stronger than ever now that he’s back.
“When I’m working on my lower body—whether it’s a hip circuit I’m doing every day, or working on footwork with different drills—there are a multitude of different exercises that I can do,” Winslow told Men’s Fitness earlier in the season. “One of the biggest things for me is my hips. Whether it’s making sure they’re still mobile and have a good range-of-motion, or strengthening them, it’s so important. I’m always making sure that they’re ready to go, warmed up, loose, and flexible.”
The Sixers come into the game with All-Star starter Joel Embiid and rookie sensation Ben Simmons giving fans hope for the future. Simmons has lived up to his hype as a top overall pick, as he’s on pace to become the first rookie to average at least 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists in a season since Magic Johnson in 1979-80.
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