Tonight at 8PM, the Miami Heat will host the San Antonio Spurs in AmericanAirlines Arena. This is the first of two contests between the two teams this season, with the rematch happening in San Antonio on March 23rd.
Miami's closing up a two-game homestand. They started out on Sunday afternoon with a 100-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. After tonight, they'll head out to Atlanta to take on the Hawks in a quick one-off road trip on Friday night heading into the all-star weekend.
The Spurs are playing in the first game of a season-high eight-game road trip, and won't play again in San Antonio until March. After taking on the Heat, they'll face the Orlando Magic tomorrow then have eight off-days for the all-star break. Later, they'll play the Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns, the Sacramento Kings, the Utah Jazz, and the Houston Rockets.
Miami last took on San Antonio on March 31st last season, when the 33-39 Heat hosted the playoff-bound 47-26 Spurs. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs to a 95-81 win with a 22 point, nine rebound, four steal, three assist, two block performance. Tony Parker had 16 points, Tim Duncan had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Boris Diaw threw in 11 off the bench. Cory Joseph had seven points, four steals and four assists. Goran Dragic led Miami with 19 points, Dwyane Wade had 15 with five boards, and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points and six rebounds.
He has a way of knocking it all sideways. Four steals, it felt like 10. - Erik Spoelstra, on Leonard
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Miami's last time out would see them on the short side of a 100-93 decision against the Clippers on Sunday, behind 22 points and seven assists from Chris Paul. Jamal Crawford had 20 off the bench, JJ Redick scored 14, and DeAndre Jordan had nine with 11 rebounds and three blocks. For Miami, Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh each scored 17, while Hassan Whiteside came off the bench for 10 points and 10 rebounds.
They made big plays down the stretch. - Wade
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Speaking of Los Angeles, the Spurs last game was a 106-102 home win over the Lakers, on Saturday. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 26 and nine rebounds, Kawhi Leonard had 20 with 13 boards, Tony Parker had 14, and Patrick Mills came in for 13 points of relief action. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 25 points, and Julius Randall had 15 with 17 boards. Jordan Clarkson scored 21 with six rebounds and four assists.
I thought it was great. It was a great game, fans were into it. It felt a little bit like the old days in the playoffs, Spurs and the Lakers. - Parker
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GameTime: 8PM, TNT
All-Time Head to Head: Miami's 18-37 record is their worst against any team, their .327 winning percentage is 43 points worse than against their second worst opponent, the Portland Trail Blazers.
Miami Heat: 29-23, .558, on pace for 46-36. Second in the Southeast Division, fifth in the Eastern Conference, 10th in the NBA. Last Five: W-L-W-W-L. Playoff Odds: 84.7%
San Antonio Spurs: 43-8, .843, on pace for 69-13. First in the Southwest Division, second in the Western Conference, second in the NBA. Last Five: L-W-W-W-W. Playoff Odds: 100.0%
Miami Heat: Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is a gametime decision. Chris Andersen (knee) may be back for the Hawks game, and Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is due back no earlier than April.
San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan (knee) is a gametime decision. Matt Bonner (calf) and Manu Ginobili (groin) are out.
Probable Starting Lineups
PG - Goran Dragic
SG - Dwyane Wade
C - Amar'e Stoudemire
SF - Luol Deng
PF - Chris Bosh
San Antonio Spurs
PG - Tony Parker
SG - Danny Green
C - LaMarcus Aldridge
SF - Kawhi Leonard
PF - David West
Hassan Whiteside needs 30 rebounds (and on a good night I think it may be possible) to reach the 1,000 mark. He will be the 24th Heat player to reach it. He needs 10 blocks to pass PJ Brown into seventh all-time with 306.
Udonis Haslem needs three assists to tie Thunder Dan Majerle in 16th with assists with 717. He also is still tied with Eddie Jones with 246 blocks in ninth all-time.
Dwyane Wade is 272 points from reaching 20,000 for his career, but I don't think he will get there tonight.
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