Coming off a three-point loss to the Houston Rockets Tuesday, the Miami Heat will look to sweep the season series against their 2013 NBA Finals foe, the San Antonio Spurs, in a 8 p.m. TNT showcase. Moreover, this game may be the first time in a while that both teams have played a regular season game with their regular rotations.
Barring a late announcement from Gregg Popovich, we may actually get to see a 43-15 team and a 44-16 team go head-to-head.
The Spurs' visit to South Beach earlier this season, Jan. 26, featured Danny Green, Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard all sitting out with various ailments. Last season, Popovich allowed Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginboili and Green to all rest Nov. 29, 2012 in Miami. When the Heat came to San Antonio having already wrapped up the top seed, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sat out in a game that saw Chris Bosh knock down the game-winning 3-pointer.
It would be great to see the Heat and Spurs at full strength play a post-All Star Break regular season matchup. As the 2013 Finals showed us -- complete with one of the best Finals games in NBA history, Game 6 -- these two teams bring out the best in each other. The Spurs players haven't given any indication that they plan on exiting championship contention anytime soon. They have remained the same dominant team they have been for the past 15 years.
A subpar second half from James won't cut it against one of the league's best teams. Neither will a five-point performance from Bosh. It will be interesting, though, to see if Michael Beasley's impressive performance in Houston will translate into more minutes tonight. The Heat didn't have a player of Beasley's caliber in the 2013 Finals -- a high-octane scorer who can come off the bench.
Here's to hoping we don't read about a late announcement from Popovich or Spoelstra about an injury report.