Miami is in the midst a minor panic attack now that they have lost three straight and can’t figure out how to get any production from their center position.
That may not be their only concern if they struggle without Dwyane Wade, who will be inactive tonight.
Keep reading to find out who is going to be active and who will be in street clothes for this battle in South Beach.
Who Will Win?
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
When: Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Watch: NBA TV, NBA League Pass (Live Stream)
Listen: 1200 WOAI AM – San Antonio, 790 AM The Ticket - Miami
Betting Line: Heat -6.5
Manu Ginobli—OUT (Hand)
T.J. Ford—OUT (Hamstring)
Gary Neal—? (Quad)
Matt Bonner—PRB (Knee)
Dwyane Wade—OUT (Ankle)
What's At Stake?
The Heat are going to be without Wade for a stretch and are trying to fight their way out of a three-game losing streak.
Are the Heat a Threat to Make it Back to the Finals?
Their superstar shooting guard sprained his ankle and also is dealing with injuries to his calf and foot.
They will be playing a tough San Antonio team without a key starting guard as well.
Manu Ginobli hasn’t been on the floor for the Spurs since their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves back on January 2, and he is expected to miss at least another month.
Both of these teams should persevere through injury and make the playoffs, but it won’t be easy to pick up wins.
What They're Saying
So what’s the problem with being aggressive?
His teammates want him to be. His coach wants him to be. His fans cry for him to be.
Well, there’s one element, other than the unselfishness factor, that tends to hold Bosh back some.
"I don’t like missing," Bosh said.
Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports that Tim Duncan does not know why his team is 9-0 at home but 0-4 at the road.
“There’s no rhyme or reason to why we’re winning one place and not the other,” Duncan said. “We just have to play better on the road.”
Spurs Player to Watch: Tim Duncan
Duncan has been carrying the offense, going off for 24 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes on Sunday night against the Suns, but how long can he keep it up at age 35?
Heat Player to Watch: LeBron James
LeBron needs to step up in all situations now that Wade is gone. That means he needs to be their crunch time star and fill it up during the first three quarters, especially with Bosh reluctant to be aggressive because “he hates missing.”
Key Matchup: Post play.
If Timmy Duncan can bang down low and get easy buckets in the paint against bums like Joel Anthony, it’s going to be a lot easier for them to pick up their first road win.
Otherwise, look for the Heat to overwhelm San Antonio with their athleticism and finally snap their losing streak.
Heat 103-Spurs 99