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Miami looks for a bounce-back against Damian Lillard and the underachieving Portland Trail Blazers, at 1PM on Sunday afternoon.

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The Heat will tip off against the Portland TrailBlazers at 1PM Sunday afternoon in the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The Heat will visit Portland on April 2nd to close the season series on what will be their third road game in four nights on the back end of a back-to-back.

The Heat are playing in the second game of a four game homestand. They opened on Friday night with a 108-94 loss to the Toronto Raptors, and will remain here to face the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday and the New Orleans Pelicans on Christmas Day.

Portland is playing in the third game of a five game road trip, which is itself part of a 12 road-games in 16 span. They started it out with two losses, 106-90 on Wednesday night to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and a 102-94 affair to the Orlando Magic on Friday night. They'll face the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night and the Pelicans on Wednesday.

The last time the Blazers faced the Heat was on March 18th last season, when the 44-21 Blazers visited the 30-36 Heat in Miami. Dwyane Wade averaged a point-per-minute, scoring 32 points with six assists and four rebounds as the Heat took a 108-104 victory. Luol Deng shot nine-for-13 for 24 points and four boards, while Goran Dragic had 20 points and 11 assists. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with a game-high 34 points with 12 rebounds.

NBA.COM's Full Recap

D-Wade is amazing. Y'all can quote me on that. And that's it. - Miami's new center, Hassan Whiteside

BK-Ref Box Score

For more on the Blazers, go to Blazer's Edge.

Miami's last game was a 108-94 loss at home to the Toronto Raptors. DeMar DeRozan had 30 points for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry had 21 with four steals and four assists, and Luis Scola had 20 in the win. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 21 points, six boards, and five helpers. Goran Dragic has 18 with five dimes, and Hassan Whiteside scored eight with 13 rebounds and five blocks.

NBA.COM recap

I'm not worried about when this team is on edge, after we've lost a couple or lost a close one or anything like that. I'm worried about when we win three or four in a row, maybe when we get to five, God willing. A team can beat you but they have to beat you at your best. And we weren't even close to our best tonight. - Bosh

BKREF box score

On Friday night, the Orlando Magic defeated the Blazers 102-94 behind 25 points each from Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 27 points and six assists, while Damian Lillard had 19 and 10, respectively.

NBA.COM recap

Turnovers come in bunches for us. Orlando did a nice job pressuring us into mistakes. Some of it was our fault, some was the defense, but we have to do a better job of understanding the game and not compounding one mistake with another. - Portland coach Terry Stotts.

BK-ref box score

GameTime: 1PM

All-Time: Of every team in the NBA, the Heat dread the San Antonio Spurs most, with a .327 win percentage. The Trail Blazers are the second hardest team they face. Miami has won 19-of-53 games for a .358 winning percentage.

Standings

Miami Heat: 15-10, .600, on pace for 49-33. Tied for first in the Southeast Division, tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference, tied for eighth in the NBA. Last Five: L-W-W-W-L.

Portland Trail Blazers: 11-17, .393, on pace for 32-50. Fourth in the Northwest Division, 11th in the Western Conference, 23rd in the NBA. Last Five: W-L-W-L-L.

Injury Report

Heat

Player Date Type Note
Tyler Johnson 2015-12-17 Shoulder Johnson is questionable to play Sunday against the Trail Blazers due to a shoulder injury.
Josh McRoberts 2015-12-11 Knee McRoberts is questionable to play Sunday against the Trail Blazers due to general soreness.

Trail Blazers

Player Date Type Note
Chris Kaman 2015-12-18 Illness Kaman missed the last game due to a stomach bug and is questionable to play Sunday against the Heat.

Common Thread

Josh McRoberts was initially drafted by the Blazers in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft, and played in eight games for Portland over the 2007-08 season. He scored 12 points with 10 rebounds in 28 minutes.

Milestones

Games: Chris Bosh will tie Kevin Edwards in 13th place with his 357th Heat game.

Three-Pointers: Bosh will move into a tie for 17th with James Posey with four more three-pointers, which will give him 214.

Free Throws: Deng needs four free throws for 222, tying him in 40th with Jermaine O'Neal.

Rebounds: With 11 boards, Hassan Whiteside will pass Alec Kessler (751), Steve Smith (759), and Antoine Walker (760) into 33rd all-time with 761.

Assists: Goran Dragic will tie Ray Allen in 44th with 10 more helpers, at 278.

Blocks: Hassan Whiteside tie Grant Long in 12th tonight with four blocks. Haslem needs one to tie Eddie Jones in eighth, with 246.

Points: Eight points for Deng will tie him with Jon Sundvold in 47th with 1,208. Bosh will tie Tim Hardaway in seventh with six points, which will give him 6,335.

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