While the idle Heat locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last night, the Hawks are currently in ninth place and are battling for playoff positioning with the play-in tournament looming. The Brooklyn Nets are in the eight seed at the moment by virtue of a tiebreaker.
Trae Young led the Hawks with a double-double to help beat the Washington Wizards 118-103 at home on Wednesday for their sixth win in their last seven games. Despite the hot run, it’s been a disappointing season for Atlanta, who never really got any momentum going after a strong showing last season in which they ended their four-year playoff drought with a deep run to the conference finals, where they lost to the eventual NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks.
Without much to play for, expect the Heat’s inactive list to grow substantially leading up to tip-off — though tonight will allow the coaching staff to get a good look at players like Victor Oladipo, Markieff Morris, Gabe Vincent and possibly Omer Yurtseven (who did not take part in yesterday’s practice due to illness and is questionable) in their bid to earn playoff minutes.
Eastern Conference Finals Schedule
|Game 1||Tuesday, May 17||Boston @ Miami||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Game 2||Thursday, May 19||Boston @ Miami||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Game 3||Saturday, May 21||Miami @ Boston||8:30 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Game 4||Monday, May 23||Miami @ Boston||8:30 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Game 5*||Wednesday, May 25||Boston @ Miami||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Game 6*||Friday, May 27||Miami @ Boston||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Game 7*||Sunday, May 29||Boston @ Miami||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
- Dewayne Dedmon: day to day (ankle)
- Markieff Morris: day to day (hip)
- Omer Yurtseven: day to day (illness)
- Kyle Lowry: day to day (rest)
- Lou Williams: out (back)
- John Collins: out (finger/foot)
|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|
FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat an 69% chance to win the game.
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)
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