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Miami hits the road, begin brief trip in Detroit

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Chris Bosh will look to keep up his strong play as the Heat begin a 3-game road trip.
Chris Bosh will look to keep up his strong play as the Heat begin a 3-game road trip.

After a couple days off, the Miami Heat are back on the road for a few a games, starting tonight in Detroit. Games against the Pistons aren't anywhere close to what they used to be 6-7 years ago. Back then, when Detroit was a favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference every year, the Pistons and the Heat had several epic showdowns, including a pair of exciting playoff series'.

Now the Heat are trying to regain the form they showed in the weeks leading up to the NBA All-Star Game that took place in late February. They had won eight straight games heading into the break, and their last eleven wins were by at least a twelve-point margin. Since the break, they've still won seven of eleven, but the wins haven't come nearly as easily.

GAME NOTES

  • The Heat are 14-9 on the road. Detroit is 12-11 at home.
  • A win would give the Heat their best start in franchise history through 46 games.
  • Miami has given up an average of 96.0 points in their last five road games.
  • The Heat has won six straight games in Detroit, and five straight overall against the Pistons.
  • Dwyane Wade has at least one blocked shot in seven straight games.
  • Detroit rookie Brandon Knight leads all rookies with 69 three-pointers.
  • For the Heat, Mike Miller (ankle) remains out.
  • As for the Pistons, Charlie Villanueva (ankle) and Rodney Stuckey (toe) are questionable.

Tipoff from the Motor City is set for 7:30. The game will be broadcast locally on Sun Sports.