The San Antonio Spurs (43-8) hit the road to take on the Miami Heat (29-23) for a Tuesday night matchup at American Airlines Arena. Miami is 16-10 at home this season. Tim Duncan (knee) and Manu Ginobili (groin) will miss the contest. Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is a game-time decision and Luol Deng‘s (illness) status is unclear. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 8:00pm ET and will be televised on TNT.
San Antonio is coming off a 106-102 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 26 points and nine rebounds.
San Antonio is looking to extend their four-game winning streak. The Spurs are 15-8 on the road this season.
What are the keys to a San Antonio Spurs victory against the Miami Heat?
-Feed LaMarcus Aldridge
With Duncan out, Aldridge has been on a roll. He was recently named Western Conference Player of the Week after posting averages of 26 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks. Scoring down low against Chris Bosh and potentially Whiteside is difficult but Aldridge should be up for the task.
-Bench is key
The Spurs have a deep bench that consists of Boris Diaw, Patty Mills, Kyle Anderson, David West (starting), and Manu Ginobili (out). They must take advantage. It’s important for players like Mills and Diaw to hit shots in a game that can be very low scoring.
Dwyane Wade is the Heat’s go-to guy. Even at 34-years-old, he is still a terrific player. Wade is averaging 18.7 points and 4.7 assists this season. Don’t be surprised if Kawhi Leonard draws the defensive assisgnment.
In a game that features two top-five defensive teams, San Antonio has the big edge offensively. San Antonio has an advantage in terms of shooting and depth despite the absences of Duncan and Ginobili.