The 2012-13 Miami Heat (61-16) are on the verge of putting themselves at the top of Heat history books with a win tonight in Washington. With a win, the team would win its 62nd game of the season, surpassing the 1996-97 team led by Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning.
In order to do it, they will be playing without Chris Bosh. Bosh has missed the last two games, first with a sore knee and then to illness. Bosh was not feeling well enough to travel with the team last night and will not play tonight. Dwyane Wade has been upgraded to a game-time decision. Wade went through the shoot-around yesterday, and a pre-game workout as well. Wade has missed the last 5 games.
The status of LeBron James is also uncertain. Although he is recovered and healing from a hamstring injury, he and Coach Spoelstra indicated that James' games will be taken a decision at a time.
"I mean, I want to play, but I'm going to go against myself for the first time in my career. No, probably about the third time in my career," he said. "I sat out a few games when we had it all locked up in Cleveland (2009-10) as well, to just try to use those games to get healthy."
Coach Erik Spoelstra added, "With the minor injuries that we have with our team, everything has to be day-to-day."
Meanwhile, their opponent the Washington Wizards (29-49) have lost 3 of their last 4 games. They are the seventh best rebounding team in the NBA, and rank 7th in PPG allowed. John Wall has finally come on strong. In March he dropped 47 points against the Grizzlies and in April he is averaging 26.6 PPG.
The Wizards beat the Heat back in December for their second win of the season, but have lost by 30 and 28 in the other two match-ups with Miami. Hopefully Miami brings enough players to put out a great effort and they continue their winning ways.
A win tonight would allow the Heat to really rest their players with no hesitancy.
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