This road trip has not been kind to the Miami Heat so far. The teams hopes to change that tonight.
The Heat head into Sleep Train Arena to face the Sacramento Kings at a time of great uncertainty.
Miami is coming off a bitter loss Thursday night to the Portland Trail Blazers in a game where they had control throughout until the final seconds. The game marked the end of LeBron James‘s streak of NBA games where he has scored at least 20 points. Despite this the Heat played well before the final possessions with Chris Bosh having a good game after receiving heavy criticism for the team’s recent woes. Miami is also playing it safe with Shane Battier, who sat out the game in Portland with a hamstring injury. The Heat kept him out of practice earlier today and will put him on the inactive list for tonight.
There will a tension in the air when Miami takes the court due to the fluid situation involving the Kings and their status in Sacramento. On Wednesday reports came out about the Kings’s owners, the Maloof brothers, being in talks with a group on a possible sale that would move the team to Seattle as soon as next season. Given that the teams only play twice this season on each other’s court, should the sale go through this game will be the last time the Heat will play in Sacramento.
With Battier being out again, Miami might have to extend their rotation and possibly play Mike Miller for an extended amount of time.