The Miami Heat have been unable to close out tight games so far in this young season and their latest loss against Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls (still sounds weird) on Thursday crystallized this.
With starting point guard Goran Dragic listed as doubtful for tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz after spraining his ankle against the Bulls, the Heat will be asking for even more from their promising young trio of Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, and Justise Winslow -- who had his best game of the season so far on Thursday.
Coach Spo gives an update on Goran Dragic's playing status for tomorrow night vs Utah (sprained left ankle) pic.twitter.com/zrG1ctzdkg— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 11, 2016
Will it be enough to handle the rising Utah Jazz is another story, who have gone 3-1 on their road trip and are coming off a solid 87-74 win against the Orlando Magic on Friday. Still, tonight’s game marks their fifth in seven nights and Miami hasn’t played since Thursday. Can they run out of the gates and run the floor to help put away this pesky Utah team? It would help to get Hassan Whiteside involved early and consistently after a 20-point, 20-rebound performance against the Bulls that looks great on paper, and indeed he is averaging 17.9 points and 14.7 rebounds this season, but Robin Lopez beat him on several crucial plays down the stretch that helped put away the Heat.
With Dragic likely out, Utah have been missing their starting point guard George Hill (sprained right thumb) for the past three games but it doesn’t appear to have hurt them much. For the Heat to avoid losing their fourth straight, however, it’s going to take a total team effort for 48 minutes.
- Justise Winslow
- Luke Babbitt
- Hassan Whiteside
- Dion Waiters
- Josh Richardson
- Gordon Hayward
- Derrick Favors
- Rudy Gobert
- Rodney Hood
- Dante Exum
Tip Off: 8:00PM
TV: SUN Sports
Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, John Crotty)
Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)