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HHH Gametime Preview: Heat look to end losing streak in Phoenix

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The Heat have lost four in a row and are desperate for a win. They'll visit the young and high scoring Phoenix Suns.

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The Phoenix Suns lost a heartbreaker last night in overtime to the Los Angeles Clippers as Blake Griffin sank a step back three-pointer at the buzzer for the win.

Now, they'll return home to host the Miami Heat who have lost four straight games.

DETAILS
Miami Heat (9-11) @ Phoenix Suns (12-10)
WHEN: 9:00 PM EST
WATCH: SunSports // LISTEN: 790 the Ticket

Probable Starters
Norris Cole PG Goran Dragic
Dwyane Wade SG Eric Bledsoe
Luol Deng SF P.J. Tucker
Josh McRoberts PF Markieff Morris
Chris Bosh C Miles Plumlee

GAME PREVIEW
Looking for some sort of progress, the Heat who have been terrible on defense will take on the Suns who have the 5th highest scoring offense in the league. The Suns do however give up over 103 PPG to their opponents. Miami has been reeling, most recently losing by 16 in Memphis, and by 24 in Milwaukee.

The Heat will have to try and contain the Suns most lethal of positions, point guard. Phoenix almost has too many of them with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Eric Bledsoe and seldom used rookie Tyler Ennis.  The guard position is the most difficult for the Heat to contain so far this season, and they will have their hands full.

Fortunately for Miami, Phoenix doesn't offer any serious and consistent low post scoring. Miles Plumlee and Alex Len aren't going to be getting regular post ups. Markieff Morris is their biggest threat and he doesn't spend nearly as much time down here as he should. The Suns are 15th in the NBA in rebounds.

This is certainly a game the Heat can win, especially knowing the Suns are coming off a loss last night on the road. The Heat need to find the energy and hustle to get this one done. Otherwise, they'll be staring at the real possibility of coming home empty on this road trip.

One of the biggest matchups to watch will be Wade vs Bledsoe. Bledsoe is coming off a triple double last night, and is  a fast and explosive guard, much like what Wade used to be. How those two defend each other will be fascinating.

Make sure you tune into the game, and join us on our GameThread tonight!