LAC: Luc Mbah A Moute, F; Paul Pierce, F; DeAndre Jordan, C; J.J. Redick, G; Chris Paul, G
MIA: Luol Deng, F; Chris Bosh, F; Amar’e Stoudemire, C; Dwyane Wade, G; Goran Dragić, G
Winners of six of their last seven games, the Miami Heat are rolling while playing their best basketball of the season. They are back home Sunday Afternoon to face the Los Angeles Clippers.
Heading home after two long and grueling road trips to start the New Year should be a relief for the Heat. Waiting at home though, is two of the top four teams out West. The Heat have braced the storm and have come out with momentum but they’re looking to carry that into the break against the Clippers and San Antonio Spurs.
The Heat used a couple late stops in Charlotte on Friday night to come out with the narrow victory, 98-95. Not often do the Heat win pretty but rather they are forcing teams into “grind it out” games. Games that this Heat team have proven they can win.
Over this season’s best stretch for Miami, they have been getting All Star production from Dwyane Wade. He is averaging 21.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 5.9 APG, 1.1 BPG, 1.7 SPG and shooting 45% from the floor during this surge for the Heat. When the games have been close he has been doing what he’s been known for since he came into the league, which is making plays at the end to win the game.
The last time these two teams were on the floor together the Clippers beat the Heat 104-90 at Staples Center in mid-January. The Heat have one of the best records at home while the Clippers sport one of the best road records in the league.
The Clippers at Heat is set to tip off at 2pm on ABC.