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GAME PREVIEW: Heat open preseason vs Zion, Pelicans

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The Miami Heat will play their first of two NBA preseason games. This one against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Miami Heat v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat are opening up their 2020-2021 NBA campaign with their first of two preseason games when they host the New Orleans Pelicans. It will be their first game at AmericanAirlines Arena since March 11, the night the NBA season was postponed due to COVID-19. Although no fans will be in attendance, it should be a welcomed sight to see the Heat logo back in the center of the court.

For the Heat, this game will be about seeing how a few new pieces can fit into a good core of players. Avery Bradley, Precious Achiuwa, and Moe Harkless should all get a little bit of action on Monday night.

Miami will likely only play their heavy rotation for 20 minutes or even less. Their opponent? The Pelicans shifted their roster so much that second-year phenom Zion Williamson is the longest-tenured player on the roster. It’s unsure what we will see from them — especially since the Pelicans will be back in Miami for a Christmas Day matchup.

It’s a preseason game, so there’s not much to break down matchup-wise or beyond because it is anyone’s guess who will be on the floor. But we can’t wait to watch it!

HEAT VS PELICANS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 AT 7 PM.

INJURIES

MIAMI: N/A
NEW ORLEANS:

  • Eric Bledsoe (medical protocols), OUT
  • JJ Redick (medical protocols), OUT
  • Wenyen Gabriel (right knee/quadriceps tendinosis), OUT
  • Steven Adams (left hamstring soreness), QUESTIONABLE

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Bucks Position Heat
Bucks Position Heat
George Hill PG Kyle Lowry
Grayson Allen SG Duncan Robinson
Khris Middleton SF Jimmy Butler
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF PJ Tucker
Brook Lopez C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

TV: FOX SPORTS SUN, NBATV
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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