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GAME PREVIEW: Heat open preseason hosting Hawks

It’s time to finally see the new-look Heat on the court tonight.

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat Photo by Jeff Bottari/NBAE via Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat host the Atlanta Hawks tonight in their preseason opener in preparation for the 2021-22 NBA season. With six total preseason games, tonight’s home opener at the FTX Arena against their division rivals marks the first of three home preseason games - with two road games to follow against the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, then back home to face the Charlotte Hornets, a rematch in Atlanta and then returning to Miami to host the Boston Celtics.

While fans are eager to see newcomers like Kyle Lowry meshing with their new teammates, it likely won’t be for extended minutes. Luckily for Miami, they only have Victor Oladipo listed in the injury report as he continues to rehab from surgery — which will give coach Erik Spoelstra freedom to freely choose from his full training camp squad to fill out the rest of the minutes once the starting lineup gets their share of early minutes. With several preseason games to go ahead of the Oct. 21 season home opener against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, Spoelstra has time to sort out his rotation and make the necessary roster cuts.

For Atlanta they have several players out, including Clint Capela, so expect much of the same from the Hawks with starters like Trae Young playing big minutes in the first half and then largely resting in the second half.

HEAT VS HAWKS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 AT 7:30 P.M.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Victor Oladipo - out (Knee; Surgery Rehab)
  • Udonis Haslem - out (Personal Reasons)

ATLANTA:

  • Clint Capela - out (Achilles; Injury Management)
  • Kevin Huerter - out (Ankle; Injury Management)
  • De’Andre Hunter - out (Knee; Injury Management)
  • Onjeka Okongwu - out (Shoulder; Surgery Rehab)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Magic Position Heat
Magic Position Heat
Cole Anthony PG Kyle Lowry
Jalen Suggs SG Duncan Robinson
Franz Wagner SF Jimmy Butler
Wendell Carter Jr. PF PJ Tucker
Mo Bamba C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

TV: FOX SPORTS SUN, NBATV
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)

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