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Preview: Struggling Heat take on Rockets in Houston

The struggling Miami Heat look to steal a win against the Rockets in Houston Saturday night at 8:00pm

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Game Story:

The Miami Heat can't seem to pull it together. Despite the return of Chris Bosh, and even Danny Granger managing to find himself once again (to the surprise of critics everywhere) they constantly struggle to close out games. It should not be this way, and Heat fans have every right to be frustrated as Miami struggles to find an identity in an improved Eastern Conference.

After finishing an atrocious home stand, Miami finds themselves on a Western Conference road trip this time against a cruising Houston Rockets team. The Rockets will be coming off a back-to-back as they face the Pelicans on Friday night, but still should still provide a demanding confrontation for Miami. Of course the most intriguing match-up in this contest will be Dwyane Wade (who's averaging 23.2 points per game) versus James Harden (who's averaging 27.7 points per game).

Hopefully, Miami will be able to turn things around and provide an exciting game. Tip-off t 8:00pm

Game Fact:

Miami is 11-15 when playing in Houston.

Probable Starters:

Heat

  • Luol Deng
  • Chris Andersen
  • Chris Bosh
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Mario Chalmers

Rockets

  • Trevor Ariza
  • Josh Smith
  • Dwight Howard
  • James Harden
  • Patrick Beverley

Broadcasting:

  • NBA League Pass
  • Sportsnet 360
  • ROOT
  • Sun Sports
  • 790 AM
  • 104.3 The Ticket

Heat Media:

Mandatory Rockets related video:

The Rockets are easily startled