The last time the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers faced each other on January 8, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the rebounding woes of Miami were on full display and were held to their lowest point total of this NBA season.
Now nearly a month later the Heat hope for that not to happen again.
Tonight the Heat come back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to face the Pacers with hopes to start February with a win.
Miami is in their third stop of their four-game road trip that included a double overtime loss to the Boston Celtics and a stop at the White House. The team is coming off a blowout victory against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. LeBron James almost had a double-double in the game and Dwyane Wade also had a good scoring game. Chris Bosh played well despite a toe injury and he will start tonight. Miami is also coming into the game with their newest addition in Chris Andersen, who is still getting into full basketball shape.
Even with Andersen’s bulk, the Heat are still undersized compared to the Pacers. Their front line of Roy Hibbert, David West, and Paul George dominated Miami on the rebounding front in the first matchup and George had one of his best games of the season.
The Heat hope that a renewed focus on the defensive side will balance out the size difference between them and Indiana. Wade in particular has stepped up his defense since the first game.
After tonight Miami will travel to Toronto to finish their road trip.