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GAME PREVIEW: Heat look to bounce back against Jazz

Miami is coming off their worst game of the season and will face a tough adversary at home.

Boston Celtics v Miami Heat Photo by Joseph Guzy/NBAE via Getty Images


The Miami Heat (6-2) host the Utah Jazz (7-1) tonight at the FTX Arena looking for a bounce back victory after playing so poorly at home in a blowout loss against the Boston Celtics earlier this week.

For the first time this season, the Heat’s offense looked disjointed the entire game and the offensive struggles, especially from Duncan Robinson and Kyle Lowry, could not be disguised with players like Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo failing to get hot. While Robinson finished with 16 points, it took 17 shots to get those points, and Jimmy Butler similarly took 18 shots to score a team-leading 20 points.

After finding his shot in the last few games, Lowry only finished with six points before hobbling off the court in the second half. He is currently day-to-day and remains questionable for tonight.

Utah meanwhile is searching for their fourth straight win, but could also potentially be without star Donovan Mitchell who is questionable with an ankle injury. He did not play in Thursday night’s 116-98 win against the Atlanta Hawks after spraining his right ankle during Tuesday’s win against the Sacramento Kings.

Unfortunately without knowing the playing status of Mitchell or Lowry, it’s difficult to analyze how this game will play out. Here’s hoping the Heat find their rhythm regardless of who plays.




  • Victor Oladipo - out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • Kyle Lowry - questionable (ankle)
  • Max Strus - out (knee sprain)
  • KZ Okpala - questionable (ankle)


  • Donovan Mitchell - questionable (ankle)
  • Rudy Gay - out (heel)
  • Royce O’Neale - questionable (ankle)


Projected Starters

Clippers Position Heat
Clippers Position Heat
Reggie Jackson PG Kyle Lowry
Paul George SG Tyler Herro
Kawhi Leonard SF Jimmy Butler
Marcus Morris Sr. PF Caleb Martin
Ivica Zubac C Bam Adebayo


TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBA TV
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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