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HHH Gametime Preview: Heat visit slumping Pistons

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Getting you ready for tonight's game against Detroit.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Hassan's are back after a cold Super Bowl weekend to play in Detroit tonight.

Hassan Whiteside, the largest  surprise for the Miami Heat continues to flourish in offense, having 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a road victory against Boston. This time he and Chris Bosh will be facing the task of guarding Greg Monroe and/or Andre Drummond, as both teams are missing their prime back court options with Brandon Jennings and Dwyane Wade out.

With Whiteside's recent emergence, Chris Bosh has been able to disguise his struggles of shooting (11/37 the past 2 games) but he will be needed tonight. Good news for Miami as Luol Deng will probably making his return after missing three games with a calf strain. His final status will be determined at today's shootaround.

Miami has yet to play Detroit and this will be the first meeting in three total. Both teams are coming off victories, as Miami is on a second game of a three game road trip and Detroit just won its first game without Brandon Jennings. Detroit averages more points than Miami on offense (97.9 to 92.4 from Miami) but gives up more on defense (100 to 95.9 from Miami).

The Pistons also have a terrible record at home (8-16) while Miami is over .500 on the road (13-11) Lastly, this will be a game of Heat past vs Heat present, as Detroit has a team with Caron Butler and Joel Anthony along with former Heat Coach Stan Van Gundy and former Heat great Tim Hardaway as an assistant coach.

What to watch for:

1) How Hassan Whiteside plays against a team with two big men.

2) How Luol Deng will play. Rusty or refreshed?

3) Will Tyler Johnson continue to be the emerging guard while Dwyane Wade sits?


Miami Heat (21-26) @ Detroit Pistons (18-30)

When & Where: 7:30 p.m. at the Palace at Auburn Hills

TV: Sun Sports, NBA TV

Probable Starters
Norris Cole PG DJ Augustine
Mario Chalmers SG Evan Turner
Luol Deng SF Kyle Singler
Chris Bosh PF Greg Monroe
Hassan Whiteside C Andre Drummond