LeBron James and Steve Nash don't play the same position, but they are two big reasons why the Miami Heat (33-11) and Phoenix Suns (23-22) will be broadcast on NBA TV Tuesday evening.
With Miami almost unbeatable at home with a 19-2 record and Phoenix coming in riding a four-game winning streak, each club will be looking to keep their respective streaks rolling.
After a horrible start to the year, the Suns are quickly creeping back into playoff contention, while the Heat look to prove that nobody should be taking this team lightly at any stage of the game.
Where: American Airlines Arena—Miami, Florida
When: Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 ET
Watch: NBA TV
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Listen: 790 The Ticket (Miami), AZ Sports 620 (Phoenix)
Betting Line: No Line as of 3/19 at 11:00 (A) ET
Key Injuries: None
What They're Saying
After living last season under the microscope, Miami is looking to prove that everyone should be talking about why the Heat remain championship favorites.
There is a lot of speculation swirling around who should be taking the last shot with the game on the line for this team, but that's an overblown element of the game for a variety of reasons.
Before going off for 24 points and seven rebounds in a convincing win over Orlando on Sunday evening, there was heavy criticism surrounding Chris Bosh's lack of production.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN touched on that exact issue before Bosh delivered against the Magic.
Bosh doesn't get a lot of touches and this has been an issue for two years. When Wade was out earlier this year and his offense spiked, it was just more proof that he's underused. But that isn't the real issue. The Heat badly need Bosh to be an effective rebounder.
Most Important Player to Watch: Steve Nash
Everyone always watches Dwyane Wade and LeBron James when the two take the floor together, but let's take a look at what Steve Nash has been doing since the All-Star break.
With averages of 11.8 points and 12.3 assists on 55 percent shooting since the All-Star break, Nash is playing at an elite level and has been delivering throughout the season.
Mario Chalmers isn't afraid to challenge anyone with his on-ball defense, but Nash is in a class of his own and could have Chalmers running in circles if he attempts to press Nash as soon as the veteran brings the ball up the floor.
Key Matchup: Marcin Gortat vs. Joel Anthony
Marcin Gortat has been a beast this season, with averages of 16 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, but he's only hit double-digit boards once since March 10.
Although Joel Anthony doesn't get talked about all too often when discussing what makes Miami successful, his ability to change shots around the rim is something that definitely should not be understated.
Gortat is going to have to be a force around the basket if the Suns have any prayer of winning, and the Suns will have to feed the big man early and often in order to make that a realistic possibility.
Heat 107, Suns 91