The Miami Heat scored the final 11 points of the game on Sunday to get a comeback win over the Memphis Grizzlies in the return of Mario Chalmers. Now, on a back-to-back, they will face division rival, the Hawks who have lost two straight.
|Goran Dragic||PG||Jeff Teague|
|Dwyane Wade||SG||Kyle Korver|
|Luol Deng||SF||Thabo Sefolosha|
|Chris Bosh||PF||Paul Millsap|
|Hassan Whiteside||C||Al Horford|
Miami - Amare Stoudemire (rehab recovery), doubtful, Tyler Johnson (shoulder), questionable
Atlanta - Mike Scott (knee), questionable
The Hawks have beaten the Heat 8 consecutive times, including a win on November 3 in Miami. The Hawks started out the season hot, but have cooled down considerably. The Hawks have already lost 11 games, something they didn't do last season until they had already won 43.
Regardless, the Hawks are still a good team and a team the Heat will have to play well against to get a win. The biggest problem for Miami will be convincing Hassan Whiteside to guard Al Horford on the perimeter. Whiteside doesn't like to leave the basket, but Horford will make him. That could change the game.
Wade will have a tough matchup as Sefolosha will likely be guarding him. And Deng will have the length of Korver on him as well. The only advantage for the Heat will be if their bench can come through with a solid game. Gerald Green, Josh McRoberts, and Justise Winslow need to make winning plays. The Heat could get a boost if Tyler Johnson is able to return tonight. He said he will play on Wednesday, but questionable tonight.
This won't be easy. The Hawks move the ball really well and have had the Heat's number lately. Miami needs a great effort to win.