The last time the San Antonio Spurs squared off with the Miami Heat, zone defense was the difference in the game. “They’re good at it. It gave us a lot of problems,” said Derrick White after the April 21st loss at the AT&T Center. Now, the Spurs will have to figure out a way to avoid history repeating itself without White.
After having to be helped off the floor in Washington, it would be a surprise to see White being good to go for at least a few weeks as the Spurs’ season winds down. Still, San Antonio has been able to rally time and time again in the face of adversity, as their strong-willed victory over the Wizards showed on Monday.
With a play-in spot all but guaranteed in May, the Spurs will need every win they can get to give themselves a shot at avoiding the tournament altogether. A grudge match win over the Heat would give them their fourth straight and eight wins in 11 games.
While they should expect Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler to get theirs, the Spurs will need to get a better handle on Tyler Herro, who shot 5-for-6 from downtown in their last meeting and finished with 22 points. He may sit out the contest, however, depending on his foot injury.
Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday night’s showdown.
How to watch the San Antonio Spurs (31-29) @ Miami Heat (32-30)
- Location: AmericanAirlines Arena – Miami, FL
- Date/Time: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 8 PM ET
- Local/Streaming: BSSW (SA), BSSUN (Miami)
- Radio: WOAI/KXTN (SA), WAXY/WAQI (Miami)
San Antonio Spurs (Per SpursPR)
OUT: Derrick White (ankle sprain), Trey Lyles (ankle sprain)
Miami Heat (Per Ira Winderman)
OUT: Victor OladipoQUESTIONABLE: Tyler Herro (foot), Kendrick Nunn (neck)PROBABLE: Gabe Vincent (knee)