After sitting out several players in their last game, a victory against the host San Antonio Spurs on Friday, coach Erik Spoelstra may choose to have another look at the regular season rotation and play his starters — at least during the first half. Jimmy Butler was a late scratch with a head cold. In his place, Caleb Martin will start and face off against his identical twin Cody.
Duncan Robinson will look to get back on track after a scoreless performance in San Antonio, though he may rest considering he was the Heat’s lone regular starter that played. Given how few games Robinson’s missed during his NBA career, I wouldn’t count on it however.
Charlotte began the preseason with a 113-97 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder but then were blown out 128-98 courtesy of the Memphis Grizzlies. They will be without key players Gordon Hayward and Mason Plumlee due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols as well as starter Terry Rozier.
HEAT VS HORNETS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT 7:30 P.M.
- Victor Oladipo - out (knee; surgery rehab)
- Jimmy Butler - out (head; cold-like symptoms)
- KZ Okpala - out (right Achilles; inflammation)
- Mason Plumlee - out (COVID-19 health and safety protocols)
- Gordon Hayward - out (COVID-19 health and safety protocols)
- Kelly Oubre Jr. - out (right ankle sprain)
- Terry Rozier - out (left ankle)
|Marcus Smart||PG||Kyle Lowry|
|Jaylen Brown||SG||Max Strus|
|Jayson Tatum||SF||Jimmy Butler|
|Al Horford||PF||PJ Tucker|
|Robert Williams III||C||Bam Adebayo|
TV: BALLY SPORTS SUN, NBA LEAGUE PASS
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)