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Game #19: Miami Heat (10-9) vs. Sacramento Kings (9-9)

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Tonight the Heat will wrap up their 4-game western road trip (which has felt more like a 2-week marathon) in Sacramento.  The Heat are in danger of moving to .500 for the first time this season, and this coming after a 6-1 start.  Granted, it isn't unheard of for a good team to drop 5-games over the course of a couple weeks, but still it kinda sucks. 

The Kings are fresh off a road loss last night in Phoenix, in which they we're outscored by 9 in the 4th quarter and ended up losing by 8.  Sound familiar? Maybe with the road game last night the Kings will be a bit more tired then the Heat.  I know that some of the Heat players were ‘relaxing' last night because around 1-2am our time I was watching Michael Beasley, Daequan Cook and Mario Chalmers on ustream.com.  They were just chillin', watching Hannah Montana and answering some of the ridiculous questions being asked by the 115-or so viewers.  It was funny for a while but when Beasley started singing I had to go...

Starting at center tonight for the Miami Heat...Joel Anthony!  Nope, not a type-o.  Jermaine O'Neal had to fly to South Carolina to deal with his ongoing family emergency, which I was under the impression was a very sick relative.  Either way, it will be Anthony with a side of Magloire tonight in Sac Town.

Maybe a return to local T.V. is just what the Dr. ordered for the Heat.  They have been on National broadcasts the past couple games, but tonight its just Sun Sports for us.  Yes...I realize that this is pretty absurd to be suggesting, but apparently there have been several ridiculous comments on this page the past few days. 

GAME NOTES

  • Sacramento is a very tough home team, winning 4 straight at Arco Arena and holding an 8-2 home record on the season. 
  • However, the Kings are 1-2 on the second night of back-to-backs. 
  • More record stats!  The Heat have won 10 of 12 against Sacramento, and 4 of 5 at Arco. 
  • The Kings will be without Kevin Martin, who is still about 6 weeks away from returning from a wrist injury, and forward Francisco Garcia, also dealing with wrist problems. 
  • Remember Andres Nocioni?  He drilled four 3-pointers last night for the Kings.