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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Heat to be without Wade, Haslem for tonight's game against Magic

The reeling Miami Heat (9-34, 4-17 road), losers of 16 of their last 17 games, received yet more bad news as star Dwyane Wade (flu) and mainstay Udonis Haslem (ankle) will both miss tonight's game against the Magic (28-18, 11-8 home). MIA is coming off an embarrassing 117-87 loss to undermanned BOS TUE night, as Mark Blount led MIA with 20 pts.

The probable starting lineup for MIA:

G... Jason Williams (8.9 ppg, 5.0 asts)
G... Ricky Davis (13.5 ppg)
F... Dorell Wright (6.9 ppg)
F... Luke Jackson (4.6 ppg) or Mark Blount (7.2 ppg)
C... Blount (7.2 ppg) or Earl Barron (5.1 ppg)

Top reserves: Daequan Cook (7.9 ppg); Chris Quinn (4.7 ppg)

MIA is averaging a league-worst 92.8 ppg, and allows 99.7 ppg. ORL is averaging 103.2, while allowing 100.0 ppg.

The Magic have beaten the Heat 7 straight games, including a close OT win at MIA in DEC when Wade scored 48 pts for the Heat. The Magic are whopping 16 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 3:46 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Even with DWade and Haslem, and also Shaq, the Heat were having a terrible time; how much worse might they be without them.

    According to Brian Schmitz's basketblog today, Redick's agent has asked the Magic to trade Redick because of his lack of playing time. GM Otis Smith says he still has confidence in Redick, but that he will have to be patient in regard to playing time, and isn't looking to trade him. Coach Van Gundy says that he has had a talk with Redick, explaining to him that the rotation will stay the same for the foreseeable future. He also says that Redick has improved defensively in practice, so that's an encouraging sign.

    J.J. should see plenty of action tonight, as this no doubt will be a blowout.

    Nelson will be back tonight, but he will come off the bench, and will be eased back into the rotation.


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