This Miami Heat season is quickly turning sour and this current six-game road trip is a perfect encapsulation of what has transpired so far. Some decent moments where the team plays cohesively, many more stretches of inconsistent offense, injuries sustained, and lots of head scratching over why the hard work isn’t paying off. Now we’re seeing ejections, scuffles as well as more and more frustration brewing.
After a more than disappointing four-day stop in Los Angeles that netted them two more losses to make it 28 total, tying for the most in the NBA along with the Brooklyn Nets, the team will somehow seek to regroup in the Bay Area for a visit with the Golden State Warriors. The same team who owns a 94-7 home record since the start of the 2014-15 season, hasn’t lost two games in a row for an NBA record 124 games, and has lost at home just twice against East teams since the 2014-15 season with the exception of the Chicago Bulls (‘14-15) and Boston Celtics (‘15-16). Oh, and they’re 10-1 this season against East teams, including 4-0 at home.
"Our guys love competition," Erik Spoelstra said yesterday. "They're going to love the challenge of playing against a great team, a team that can really put points on the board in a hurry. It'll be a good challenge for us."
Miami hope to cobble together the most complete lineup since the start of this road trip with Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters back on board. However it’s anyone’s guess who will actually suit up tonight and when the Heat can expect Josh Richardson back.
All-Time Head-to-Head: Miami has a 27-28 record against the Warriors and are 12-16 at the Oracle Arena, the oldest arena in the NBA. Golden State has won four straight against Miami and seven of the last nine games.
GameTime: 10:30 PM ET, Fox Sports Sun / NBA TV
Miami Heat: 11-28, .282, 11 games behind Atlanta in the Southeast Division. Fifth in the Southeast Division, 14th in the Eastern Conference, 28th in the NBA.
Golden State Warriors: 32-6, .842, first in Pacific Division, first in the Western Conference, first in the NBA.
Miami Heat: Chris Bosh (blood clots) and Josh McRoberts (stress fracture in his left foot) are out indefinitely. Justise Winslow is out for the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Josh Richardson (foot) is day-to-day. Luke Babbitt is sick. (Might be easier to just list who is healthy at this point.)
Golden State Warriors: Damian Jones (D-League assignment) is not with the team. I think they’ll be fine.
Probable Starting Lineups
PG - Goran Dragic
SG - Wayne Ellington
C - Hassan Whiteside
SF - Rodney McGruder
PF - Derrick Williams
Golden State Warriors
PG - Stephen Curry
SG - Klay Thompson
C - Zaza Pachulia
SF - Kevin Durant
PF - Draymond Green