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PreHeat: Atlanta Hawks (13-7) at Miami Heat (12-8)

  • The Hawks are steadily holding the 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference standings, currently in a 5 game winning streak regardless of the absence of franchise star Joe Johnson. A victory for Miami would result in a tie for the coveted 3rd spot under Orlando and Boston (currently tied for 1st). A loss would keep the Heat a close 5th.
  • This is the team’s first regular season meeting but the rivalry has already taken to the court in pre-season with the Hawks emerging victorious 98-89. In essence, the Hawks’ burly frontcourt bullied their way to rebounds and easy buckets and a Wade-less Heat found themselves assigning James Jones to guard Joe Johnson, who got buckets at will displaying his max contract assault.
  • Al Horford and Josh Smith are a beefy handful. Miami will fight fire with water in the form of the slim but floor spacing Bosh-Ilgauskas tandem but can opt for a fiery battle with a Dampier-Magloire onslaught. The pieces are there for Spoelstra to shuffle as necessary, but his adventurous orchestrating remains to be seen.
Home Away
Miami Atlanta
Heat Hawks
12-8 Record 13-7
(4th of 30) 110.4 Off Rtg 110.2 (5th of 30)
(5th of 30) 101.5 Def Rtg 106.8 (15th of 30)
(19th of 30) 91.3 Pace 90.6 (26th of 30)
Likely Starters
Carlos Arroyo PG Mike Bibby
Dwyane Wade SG Maurice Evans
Lebron James SF Marvin Williams
Chris Bosh PF Josh Smith
Zydrunas Ilgauskas C Al Horford
Eddie House 6th Jamaal Crawford
American Airlines Arena
7:30 PM EST
Sun Sports / 790 AM
Injury Report:
Heat: M. Miller (out 2-3 months), U. Haslem (out indefinitely)
Hawks: J. Johnson (out 4-6 weeks), Pape Sy (out indefinitely)