Game #65: Los Angeles Clippers (25-39) vs. Miami Heat (32-32)

Use this post for your Open Game Thread

The timing is right for the Heat to put last nights distressing loss behind them.  Miami will kick off a 6-game homestand tonight against a Clippers team that has lost four straight games, each by at least 17 points.  L.A. will certainly be looking to turn their fortunes around against an inconsistent Heat team, which I'm sure is the approach the Clippers are taking. 

The Heat should be chomping at the bit to get back out there after the way they blew last nights game in Charlotte.  The entire team struggled to get anything going offensively for most of the 2nd half, and nobody could pick up the slack when Dwyane Wade's productive game stopped being so productive late in the 3rd quarter. 

The last time these teams played, Clippers center Chris Kaman has a very solid game, scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 boards.  The Heat has had issues dealing with centers that can shoot from the outside while pounding the paint, and Kaman is no exception.  Jermaine O'Neal can hold his own on both ends of the floor, but hopefully Joel Anthony can stay out of foul trouble because Kaman would likely have a field day against a sluggish Jamaal Magloire

GAME NOTES

  • The Heat and Clippers have spilt the last four games played between the two at the AAA.
  • With a win, the Clips will complete a season sweep over Miami for the first time since 2003-04.
  • Seven of the Heat's last ten games have been decided by 7 points or less. 
  • L.A. could be without the services of guard Eric Gordon, who is listed as questionable with a leg injury.  He has already sat out the first two games of the Clips current 5-game road trip. 
  • Both teams played last night, with the Clippers losing by 26 in Orlando.  The Heat is 4-10 on the 2nd night of b2b's while L.A. is 5-12. 

Tipoff from the AAA will be at 7:30.  The Heat is still collecting used cell phones as part of a domestic violence initiative.  Free ticket vouchers will be given for donations. 

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