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GAME PREVIEW: What’s left of the Heat return home to host Wizards

Miami tries to stop the bleeding starting tonight to end a four-game losing streak.

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NBA: Miami Heat at Washington Wizards Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (7-11) return home after a winless road trip and beset with injuries to host the Washington Wizards (10-7) at the for-now-named FTX Arena on Wednesday night.

Jimmy Butler (Right Knee Soreness) remains out for the Heat, but hey at least Bam Adebayo (Left Knee Contusion) at the moment is listed as probable and Tyler Herro has been upgraded to questionable. Duncan Robinson is also out with a sprained ankle. Dewayne Dedmon (Left Foot; Plantar Fascitis), Max Strus (Right Shoulder; Impingement) and Gabe Vincent (Left Knee; Effusion) are also listed as questionable.

With so many injuries and players in and out of the lineup, the Heat have understandably struggled — but those that have managed to stay healthy have also been shaky and have been inconsistent during this losing stretch, which seems like ages ago when Miami last won on Nov. 14 against the Phoenix Suns. Only Kyle Lowry has continued to not only stay in the lineup but thrive in the absence of others, while Max Strus has played well at times but has also struggled with his shot — especially from deep.

Miami may be shorthanded yet again, but they should have plenty of motivation to end their four-game losing streak. The two teams met just four days ago in a memorable 107-106 overtime loss in which Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 27 points while Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and notched a triple-double for the Heat. That could have been a well-earned victory to stop the bleeding in the early stages of a regular season that could soon spiral out of control, but the same unfortunately could be said for tonight as well.

Beal (Right thigh contusion) himself is listed as questionable as is Rui Hachimura and Monte Morries, both with right ankle soreness.

INACTIVE/INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Omer Yurtseven: Out - Left Ankle; Surgery
  • Jimmy Butler: Out - Right Knee; Soreness
  • Victor Oladipo: Out - Left Knee; Tendinosis
  • Tyler Herro: Questionable - Left Ankle; Sprain
  • Dewayne Dedmon: Questionable - Left Foot; Plantar Fascitis
  • Max Strus: Questionable - Right Shoulder; Impingement
  • Duncan Robinson: Out - Left Ankle; Sprain
  • Gabe Vincent: Questionable - Left Knee; Effusion

WASHINGTON:

  • Delon Wright: Out - Right hamstring strain
  • Bradley Beal: Questionable - Right thigh contusion
  • Rui Hachimura: Questionable - Right ankle soreness
  • Monte Morris: Questionable - Right ankle soreness

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Wizards Position Heat
Wizards Position Heat
Bradley Beal PG Kyle Lowry
Kyle Kuzma SG Max Strus
Corey Kispert SF Caleb Martin
Deni Avdija PF Nikola Jovic
Kristaps Porzingis C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

TV: Bally Sports
TIPOFF: 7:30 PM EST
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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Miami Heat will tip off against Washington Wizards at 7:30pm. All nationally televised NBA games can be watched on SlingTV.