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PreHeat: Miami Heat (56-24) at Atlanta Hawks (44-36)

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Miami Atlanta
Heat Hawks
56-24 Record 44-36
(3rd) 111.7 Off Rtg 106.2 (21st)
(5th) 103.7 Def Rtg 106.9 (13th)
(20th) 91.0 Pace 89.4 (27th)
(8th) 102.2 Pts/G 95.2 (27th)
(7th) 94.8 Opp Pts/G 95.8 (9th)
(9th) 42.2 Rebs/G 39.4 (27th)
(26th) 19.9 Assists/G 22.0 (12th)
Likely Starters
Mike Bibby PG Kirk Hinrich
Dwyane Wade SG Joe Johnson
LeBron James SF Marvin Williams
Chris Bosh PF Al Horford
Zydrunas Ilgauskas C Marvin Williams
Mike Miller 6th Jamal Crawford
Matchup Series 2-1
Philips Arena
7:00 PM EST
Sun Sports / 1080 AM
Injury Report:
Heat: Udonis Haslem (left foot surgery - out indefinitely)
Mike Miller (sprained thumb - day to day)
Erick Dampier (sore knees - day to day)
Hawks: Jason Collins (left ankle - day to day)
Josh Smith (right knee - day to day)

"We're not done. It would mean nothing to take care of this game for us not to finish off the next two.", Erik Spoelstra said, and it's just the right approach. A victory in Atlanta tonight and Toronto on Wednesday would ensure the Heat home-court advantage over any opponent in their path to a championship other than the Spurs and Bulls.

Miami leads the series 2-1 on two lopsided victories, the lone loss coming in overtime at a time the Heat were missing Bosh due to injury, and Bibby hit 4-of-10 from 3 for Atlanta. Most fascinating was their last meeting on March 18th, two weeks after Bibby signed with the Heat, as the ex-point guard translated all the Hawks' plays as they were called and orchestrated his teammates into a dismantling of the Hawks offense. It's possible the Hawks might have tweaked their playbook by now, but if not, it should definitely be an interesting strategy to watch again.

The Hawks are on a 4-game losing streak, 2nd worst next to the Lakers out of all playoff-bound teams.