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PreHeat: Miami Heat (20-8) at Washington Wizards (6-18)

Quick Notes:
  • The Wizards are currently on a 6 game losing streak, last losing by 8 to the New Jersey Nets. Not a lot can be asked from a team running on spare parts but the youngsters are ready to prove themselves with their increased minutes.
  • With the Heat’s current confidence level, teams like these are becoming more troubling than teams above .500. The Heat’s worst enemy is themselves as they seemingly find themselves bored with the opposition, playing down to their level. In a perfect world the Heat starts aggressive and maintains a hearty lead for the starters to rest the fourth quarter, but of course, it’s more exciting staying even and turning it on in the third and fourth. The risk will come to bite them back someday, hopefully not today.
Home Away
Miami Washington
Heat Wizards
20-8 Record 6-18
(5th of 30) 111.2 Off Rtg 102.7 (25th of 30)
(2nd of 30) 100.1 Def Rtg 111.8 (29th of 30)
(25th of 30) 90.7 Pace 93.4 (11th of 30)
Likely Starters
Carlos Arroyo PG Gilbert Arenas
Dwyane Wade SG Kirk Hinrich
Lebron James SF Al Thornton
Chris Bosh PF Trevor Booker
Zydrunas Ilgauskas C Javale McGee
James Jones 6th Nick Young
American Airlines Arena
7:30 PM EST
Sun Sports / 790 AM
Injury Report:
Heat: M. Miller (out 2-3 months), U. Haslem (out indefinitely)
Wizards: Blatche (d2d), Howard (indef), Jianlian (2-4 weeks), Wall (d2d)