The Miami Heat will look to break out of their recent mini-slump tonight when the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks come to town. This is the first time the Mavs have been in South Florida since they won Game 6 of the NBA Finals down here last June. Considering this is a rematch of the Finals, it's a little surprising that the game has very little hype surrounding it.
Heat fans are hoping that LeBron James can regain his usual form after suffering a dislocated left ring finger during Miami's loss in Indiana on Monday. There was talk that James might sit this game out but that thought was put to rest by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who confirmed to the media following practice on Wednesday that LeBron would be in the lineup.
This season has been a bit of an uphill climb for the Mavericks, who got off to a poor start before finally gaining some steam over the last couple months. It all began back on Christmas Day when the Mavs hosted the Heat for the first game of the lockout-shortened season. Miami watched Dallas raise their championship banner, and then took out their frustrations during the game, leading the Mavs by as many as 35 in a runaway victory.
- Miami is 20-2 at home. Dallas is 10-14 on the road.
- This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Mavericks and Heat.
- Dallas had beaten Miami in 14 consecutive regular-season games before the Heat won on Opening Day.
- Miami hasn't swept the two-game season series against the Mavericks since the 1999-2000 season.
- The Heat have won 14 straight home games.
- Mike Miller (ankle) will miss his 9th straight game for the Heat.
- Delonte West (finger) and Brendan Haywood (knee) are questionable for Dallas.
- Miami will be wearing their all-black uniforms.
Tipoff from the AAA is set for 8pm. The game will be broadcast nationally on TNT.