HHH GameTime Preview: Heat get back to business, face Wizards on the road

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After five days off and a visit to the White House, the Miami Heat are finally back in action tonight on the road against the Washington Wizards.

After two straight losses in New York City, the Miami Heat went back home to Miami and celebrated Dwyane Wade's birthday before arriving to Washington DC early for Tuesday's visit with President Barack Obama at the White House.

But now there's business at hand, and thee Heat should be rested and ready to go tonight as the Miami Heat resume their six-game road trip with a visit to the Verizon Center to face the Washington Wizards.

Any time off for an NBA team is beneficial but the Heat really seemed to need time off to rest and refocus. LeBron James earlier this week admitted that the team was lacking a bit in motivation. The King himself seemed more frustrated on the court last Friday against the Brooklyn Nets, even going so far as to get into it with Nets forward Mirza Teletovic after a hard foul and then fouling out himself. Of course, Dwyane Wade's knees can always use some time off and he's played well this season after extended rest.

The Heat have announced that Mario Chalmers (right Achilles strain) has been ruled out for tonight. Birdman (body soreness) is doubtful for tonight and the Heat recently completed a three-team trade with the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics, who have acquired Joel Anthony.

The Wizards easily beat the Chicago Bulls 102-88 on Monday and their record is now a decent (for the East) 17-19 record. The team is not reporting any major injuries for today's game. Their big man Nene Hilario is fully recovered from his right Achilles tendon injury and coach Randy Wittman has inserted him back into the starting lineup in place of Trevor Booker.

The Heat won the first meeting of the season between these two teams 103-93 on November 3.

For more on the Wizards, check out Bullets Forever.




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