The Miami Heat will look to get revenge in an NBA Finals rematch when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday evening.
The Spurs are next up to clinch a playoff berth in the Western Conference. They are sixth in the standings, but it gets complicated due to the fact that Portland will be guaranteed a top-four seed if it wins the Northwest Division. San Antonio is 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers, so basically, it is pegged into either the fifth or sixth seed, although, Dallas is 2 1/2 behind at No. 7.
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The Heat are in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games in front of both the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, but just 1 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks, who are sixth.
The Heat have played surprisingly well lately even after losing Chris Bosh nearly a month ago to a devastating season-ending injury. The addition of Goran Dragic has been outstanding for them, andDwyane Wade periodically shows flashes of the amazing player he once was, as evidenced during Sunday’s win over the Detroit Pistons when he recorded 40 points.
Unlike the Heat who have changed a lot since they last met, the Spurs have remained exactly the same. They have won 13 of their last 16 games and have finally found themselves after an uncharacteristically slow start to the season. Kawhi Leonard has elevated himself to his 2014 NBA Finals form, and has become the leader for this team.
San Antonio Spurs: The San Antonio Spurs are 18-18 on the road and 47-26 overall. The Spurs are coming off a 103-89 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Miami Heat: The Miami Heat are 18-18 at home and 34-39 overall. The Heat are coming off a 109-102 win against the Detroit Pistons. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 40 points.
San Antonio Spurs: No significant injuries.
- Chris Andersen- Chris Andersen is questionable with a calf injury.
- Michael Beasley- Michael Beasley is questionable with an elbow injury.
- Luol Deng- Luol Deng is questionable with a knee injury.
- Hassan Whiteside- Hassan Whiteside is a game time decision.
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The key matchup for this game will be Wade vs. Leonard. While Wade will most likely be assigned to guard Danny Green, you can bet Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich will stick Leonard on Wade in an effort to slow him down. Leonard should feast on the Heat’s defense, so expect another huge game from him.
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