When: Friday, March 16 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: FSSUN, NBATV
Radio: WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)
Win probability: ESPN predictor gives Lakers a 55% chance to win.
HEAT: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Luke Babbitt, James Johnson, Bam Adebayo
LAKERS: Lonzo Ball, Isaiah Thomas, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Julius Randle, Brook Lopez
HEAT: Dion Waiters (out, ankle), Dwyane Wade (out, left hamstring), Hassan Whiteside (out, hip flexor), Josh Richardson (questionable, left-foot soreness)
LAKERS: Channing Frye (out, appendectomy), Josh Hart (out, left hand fracture), Brandom Ingram (out, left groin strain), Kyle Kuzma (questionable, right ankle sprain)
This game is their second and final meeting of the season, after the Lakers exposed Miami’s non-existent transition defense in an earlier 131-113 win for the Lakers.
The Lakers seem to bring out the best in Justise Winslow: last season he had a career night against them with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals, and this season he scored 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, including 3 of 4 3-pointers, had 5 assists, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Bam Adebayo did well against the Lakers, going 6 of 7 from the field, to go along with 10 rebounds.
Unfortunately the rest of the team and coaching staff came into the previous game unprepared for a change-of-pace, seemingly being on the court to collect their guaranteed paychecks, whether or not the team won or lost.
A quote by legendary football coach Knute Rockne , whose .881 (105-12-5) winning percentage is the highest in major college football coaching history, summarizes what’s needed to break Miami’s nine-game road losing streak.
“On the road we’re somebody else’s guests - and we play in a way that they’re not going to forget we visited them.”
The Heat might well go under the under .500 mark soon, because their next 5 opponents after tonight’s game are:
Probably the Phoenix Suns have been following the Heat, since losses by Miami give them a better draft pick this summer. The Heat though, have four first-round draft picks in the five years after 2018.