Before they hit the road again, the Miami Heat would like to get some payback.
Tonight at American Airlines Arena the Heat will finish their brief two-game home stand against the Detroit Pistons. The last time both teams faced each other at The Palace at Auburn Hills on December 28, 2012 Miami lost in a game where the Pistons bench dominated despite the efforts of LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
One aspect that will be different in this game is that Dwyane Wade will be on the court. Wade was suspended for the December game by the NBA for an incident involving Ramon Sessions of the Charlotte Bobcats. He has been playing well in recent games and has been named a 2013 All-Star Game starter for the Eastern Conference since that December game.
Another aspect that is different in this game is that Miami now has Jarvis Varnado and Chris Andersen on the roster. Varnado has played few minutes for the team while Andersen was recently added. Tonight might be Andersen’s home debut for Miami. While both are under ten-day contracts, there is an indication from the Heat that both will stick around for the rest of the season.
After tonight the Heat will end the month of January on the road with games against the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets and a stop at the White House for an audience with President Barack Obama in between games. This will be the second time that the franchise will visit the White House as defending champions.