Back when the Miami Heat played three games in three nights, any of the players will tell you it was one of the toughest stretches of the season. The Heat got through it better then anyone could have expected, winning all three games despite them being on the road. Unfortunately, Miami hasn't regained the form that saw them winning games consistently on the road, but they've been near unbeatable at home, which is where their next three games are.
Now they'll face a Memphis Grizzlies team who has just played their three games in three nights, winning the first two before dropping the third on the road in Dallas. After just one day off, the Grizzlies go right back to work tonight with a tough challenge against the Heat and then fly right back home for another matchup against the Mavericks tomorrow.
A bright spot for Miami of late has been the play of point guard Mario Chalmers. He had seen a significant drop in his offensive output since participating in the 3-point contest during the All-Star break, but seems to be finding his touch again. Rio has scored in double figures in five of his last six games, averaging 12.1 points in those six contests.
- Miami is 23-2 at home. Memphis is 12-16 on the road.
- The Heat have won 17 straight games at home.
- The franchise record for consecutive home wins is 18, which Miami can tie with a win tonight.
- This is the only meeting between the Heat and Grizzlies this season.
- Memphis has won five of their last eight games against the Heat.
- The Grizzlies have also won five of their last seven games overall.
- Dwyane Wade needs three blocked shots to tie Rony Seikaly for 2nd place on the all-time list for the Heat.
- Mike Miller (ankle) remains out for Miami.
- As for the Grizzlies, forward Darrell Arthur (Achilles) is out.
Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7:30. The game will be broadcast locally on Sun Sports.