Here’s everything you’ll need to know heading into Wednesday’s matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.
The reinvigorated San Antonio Spurs will travel to South Beach for a Wednesday evening matchup with the Heat. After pulling away from the Raptors in the fourth quarter of their last game, San Antonio has improved to 3-0 on the season. LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Dejounte Murray dominated the glass for 15 rebounds.
Even without star forward Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs have shown that they’re ready to compete this season. Aldridge has been stellar coming off of a fresh contract extension just before the regular season. The 12th year power forward is averaging 24.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest.
In addition, the wing duo of Murray and Danny Green is performing well above expectations thus far. Murray currently leads the team in rebounds, assists and steals while Green leads in blocks and is second in scoring.
San Antonio’s team defense has been stellar thus far, ranking second in defensive rating at 92.3. They also lead the league in blocks per game with 8.7.
Miami hopes to overcome the absence of center Hassan Whiteside, who will sit in his second straight game with a left-knee injury. They’re coming off of their second victory of the year after defeating Atlanta on Monday. James Johnson has had a strong start, averaging 11 points, five rebounds and seven assists through three games. His all-around play has made him a solid option for coach Erik Spoelstra, who may look to attack Kyle Anderson off of the drive.
As for Miami, starting guards Dion Waiters and Goran Dragić sat out of practice on Tuesday and are considered game-time decisions. Hassan Whiteside will remain out.
San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat – 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FloridaTV: ESPN, FOX SPORTS SUN, FSSW,Radio: WOAI 1200AM, 790 THE TICKET / S: WAQI 710 AM,Online Streaming: WatchESPN
- Kawhi Leonard (quad): Out
- Tony Parker (quad): Out
- Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle): Out
Miami’s young core will look to push the tempo against the rugged San Antonio squad for the nationally televised matchup. San Antonio defeated Miami both times they met last year and will look to continue the trend.