With a side of magic
FRI 12/9 Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade may be too old for a Happy Meal beneath the local golden arches, but he will be served an order of mile-high Nuggets on Friday when the Heat take on the Denver Nuggets at 7:30 p.m. This is the second meeting between the teams this season. Last season, Miami and Denver split the two-game season series. Wade was the leading scorer for the Heat in both of those games, scoring a combined 51 points. For the Heat to win, they will need to stop Nugget forward Carmelo Anthony. Anthony was drafted third in the 2003 NBA draft and is averaging more than 20 points a game in his career. Anthony scored 42 points in the two games against Miami last year.
After a day off, the Heat will suit up again for a game on Sunday against the Washington Wizards. Guard Gilbert Arenas and forward Antawn Jamison have been magic for the Wizards this season, waving their wands and averaging more than 40 points a game. Miami won all four contests against the D.C. natives last season. Wade was the leading scorer in three of those games, scoring a combined 88 points in the season series. He was held scoreless in an 18-minute performance in one of the games. Both games will be played at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tickets cost $10 to $300. Call 786-777-HOOP, or visit www.miamiheat.com. Rick Smith
Panthers Are Prey
Predators in the house
TUE 12/13 This season, the Florida Panthers are not modeling the animal for which they are named. Instead of hunting around the NHL for wins the way a panther would slink around the Florida Everglades looking for food, they have become the hunted. On Tuesday, the Panthers will try to fight off the Nashville Predators. Former Anaheim Mighty Duck and current Predator left-winger Paul Kariya is going to be hard to stop. The Panthers could pull a page out of Emilio Estevez's playbook from The Mighty Ducks and use a flying-V formation to win. After all, the season can't get much worse. The game will be at the BankAtlantic Center (1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise). Face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to $250. Call 954-835-PUCK, or visit www.floridapanthers.com. Rick Smith