Wizards at Heat
The Washington Wizards have won a league-worst three games but one came against the defending champion Miami Heat just 11 days ago. Miami seeks to avenge that loss when it hosts the lowly Wizards on Saturday. Washington played one of its top games of the season in producing the 105-101 home win despite LeBron James having a triple-double with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Winning again will be tough as Washington is 1-9 on the road.
The Heat have lost three of their last five games, beginning with the loss to the Wizards. Miami is just 2-2 on a six-game homestand after falling to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. The Heat are 10-2 at home. The Wizards lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 102-96 on Friday. Washington coach Randy Wittman is well aware Miami will be highly motivated to avenge the recent defeat. “I think they know that,” Wittman said of his players. “They’ve played in this league long enough to understand that there are games that different teams point to with what’s happened before.”
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (Washington), Sun Sports (Miami)
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (3-17): There is still no timetable for the return of standout point guard John Wall, who underwent an examination on his injured left knee in New York on Friday. Wall hasn’t played this season and the doctor treating him said that Wall’s recent improvement “will allow him to begin ramping up his activity level.” Wall is still experiencing irritation in the knee and Dr. David Altchek said that he has received three lubricating injections, including one on Friday. Forward Trevor Booker (knee) also was re-examined and is still out indefinitely. Forward Trevor Ariza (calf) and guard A.J. Price (hand) will also miss Saturday's game.
ABOUT THE HEAT (14-6): James expects to play against Washington despite suffering a bruised right shoulder during the loss to the Warriors. James didn’t practice Friday but acted as if missing a game was not an option. “I’ll be ready by Saturday,” James said. “That’s all that matters.” James has scored 20 or more points in every game this season and in 25 consecutive regular-season contests going back to last season. James has five 30-point outings thus far, including a 31-point effort in the loss to Golden State.
1. Washington has won the last three meetings against Miami.
2. Heat G Dwyane Wade has shot 69.4 percent (25 of 36) from the field over the last three games.
3. G Jordan Crawford had 22 points and the Wizards had 31 assists against just 12 turnovers in the recent win over Miami.