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Game Preview: Heat kick off playoffs against Pacers

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Kendrick Nunn said that he’ll come off the bench, and Derrick Jones Jr. is questionable to play.

Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images

The last time the Miami Heat advanced past the first round, veterans Luol Deng and Joe Johnson provided solid two-way play, Dwyane Wade put on some late-game heroics to help the Heat avoid elimination in Game 6 and the Heat had two promising rookies — Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow.

Yeah, aside from Erik Spoelstra, Goran Dragic and Udonis Haslem, a lot has changed.

The Heat will try to advance to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2016, in a first-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers. Like that year, the Heat have two nice rookies — Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn — but Nunn has already confirmed that he will come off the bench today. Nunn started the whole year for Miami, but his struggles during the seeding games have relegated him to the bench.

Derrick Jones Jr., who suffered a neck strain in the Heat’s last regular season game, is listed as questionable to play today. With Nunn’s and Jones’ roles up in the air, we could see a different rotation from what Spoelstra has typically used.

The game will start at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on TNT.

Probable Starters

Miami —

  • Jimmy Butler
  • Jae Crowder
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Goran Dragic

Indiana —

  • Aaron Holiday
  • T.J. Warren
  • Myles Turner
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Malcolm Brogdon

Broadcast Info

  • TV: FOX Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty, Jason Jackson); TNT
  • 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)