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PreHeat: Miami Heat (8-4) visit the Memphis Grizzlies (4-9) [Updated 2x]

  • The Heat finally leave sunny Miami after six games that spanned 15 days since they last played a road game (against the New Orleans Hornets). The Heat return home immediately afterwards to prepare for Monday's home game against the Indiana Pacers.
  • The Grizzlies are 11-17 in the all-time regular season series against the Heat but they have four of the last six meetings. The two teams split the season series last year with the road team winning both times. The Grizzlies recorded the largest victory in franchise history with a 28-point blowout (118-90) on December 13, 2009 at Miami.
  • While the Grizzlies are below .500, ten of their first twelve games this season have come against opponents that are currently .500 or better. Two of the losses have come in overtime and one game against Portland was lost by a single point.
  • Bad sign for the Heat: the Grizzlies rank fourth in the league with 46.8 points in the paint. They also lead the league in steals, forced turnovers and points off turnovers.
  • Good sign for the Heat: the Grizzlies have been outrebounded by an average of 5.3 rebounds per game through the first 12 games this season which is tied for 27th in the league.
  • Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and Heat guard Eddie House were integral components to the Boston Celtics championship season in 2007-08.
Heat starters: Carlos Arroyo, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Zydrunas Ilgauskas Grizzlies starters: Mike Conley, OJ Mayo, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay

Gametime: 8 p.m., FedExForum, Memphis.

TV -- Sun Sports. Radio -- WAXY (790-AM), WQBA (1140-AM, Spanish).

UPDATE: OJ Mayo and Zach Randolph will not be in the starting line-ups as punishment for showing up late to the team shootaround, as reported by Peter Edmiston (WHBQ)

UPDATE 2x: Dwyane Wade is inactive for tonight due to a wrist injury and flu symptoms. Jerry Stackhouse will start in his place.