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Game Preview: Miami Heat host the LA Lakers in a 2020 NBA Finals rematch

Several star players status up in the air as of now

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Game Story:

The 17-17 Miami Heat are hosting a 2020 NBA Finals rematch tonight against the 14-20 LA Lakers. Although both teams have underperformed so far this season, they are each coming off nice wins. The Lakers took down the recently surging Orlando Magic last night, as the Heat won in clutch time against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

The Lakers have yet to submit their injury report, so 37 year old LeBron James’ status is yet to be determined in what will be the second night of a back to back for him in Florida.

It’s always fun going against former Heatle in LeBron, especially at home. So hopefully he decides to suit it up. Even with LA’s injury report not being ready yet, Anthony Davis will remain out indefinitely. Miami’s report is pretty similar to last game, but with Dewayne Dedmon and Omer Yurtseven being the only ones listed as OUT already.

Jimmy Butler and/or Bam Adebayo could return to the line up tonight. No matter what happens with Adebayo, expect rookie center Orlando Robinson to get another run in the rotation, especially with Dedmon definitely being unavailable. Hopefully we get to see both teams at least almost at full strength, specifically for a Jimmy-LeBron match up.

Tonights game will be nationally televised on NBA TV.

Injury Report:


  • Caleb Martin, probable
  • Jimmy Butler, questionable
  • Gabe Vincent, questionable
  • Udonis Haslem, questionable
  • Bam Adebayo, questionable
  • Dewayne Dedmon, out
  • Omer Yurtseven, out



Probable Starters:


  • Jimmy Butler
  • Caleb Martin
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Tyler Herro
  • Kyle Lowry


  • Lonnie Walker IV
  • LeBron James
  • Thomas Bryant
  • Dennis Schroder
  • Patrick Beverley

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Broadcast Info:

Tipoff: 7:30 PM EST

TV: NBA TV & Bally Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty)

Radio: AM 560 Sports WQAM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson)

Spanish Radio: WAQI 710 AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda)

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