Game #7: Indiana Pacers (4-1) vs. Miami Heat (5-1)

The Miami Heat gets back to work tonight, wrapping up their 3-game homestand against the visiting Indiana Pacers. The Heat, already a bit shorthanded without Mike Miller and Eddy Curry, may have to play tonight without Dwyane Wade who is still suffering from a sore left foot. Wade sat out Wednesday morning's shootaround and might sit this one out in order to heal up a bit more. The Heat have 3 games in the next 4 nights so resting Wade and getting him back to full strength may be the smart way to go.

This foot injury has been an issue with Wade since the Heat's 3rd game of the season in Charlotte, but he has battled though it as much as he can. However, after playing in Miami's back-to-back games against Charlotte and Atlanta earlier this week, he said it's as sore now as it has ever been. Still, Wade will suit up before tonight's game and see how he feels during the pre-game warm up before deciding whether or not he will play.

GAME NOTES

  • LeBron James is off to his best 6-game scoring start to any NBA season, averaging 29.6 points per game.
  • This is the first of four meetings between the Heat and Pacers this season.
  • Miami went 2-1 against Indiana last year and overall has won 6 of the last 7 against the Pacers.
  • The Heat is 2-1 at home this season. Indiana is 2-1 on the road.
  • Dwyane Wade has at least one blocked shot in every game this season and 9 consecutive games dating back to last year.
  • For the Heat, Mike Miller (hernia) and Eddy Curry (hip) remain out and rookie Mickell Gladness (foot infection) questionable.
  • Center Jeff Foster (back) is questionable for Indiana.

Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7:30, and after tonight the Heat hit the road for a 5-game, 9 day trip.

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