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Miami Heat Go Undermanned Tonight Against the Los Angeles Clippers

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Just as the Northeast is being battered by by a snow storm, the Miami Heat are being hit by the flu bug.

The Heat head into the third game of their current home stand at American Airlines Arena tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers in what may be considered an NBA Finals preview.

Including the two preseason games held in China, this will be fourth time that the two teams will face each other this NBA year. In the regular season the Clippers defeated the Heat 107-100 at the Staples Center on Nov. 14, 2012. Both teams continued to play well since then with Miami being the top seed in the Eastern Conference and the Clippers being the third seed in the Western Conference heading into tonight even as their recent play has them in opposite directions. The Heat have won three games in a row while the Clippers have lost three of their last four games.

Unfortunately for Miami, they will now be at full strength.

The flu bug has hit the Heat once again. Chris Bosh was forced to miss Wednesday night’s victory over the Houston Rockets due to the virus. He along with Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen were held out of the team’s shoot around earlier today by head coach Erik Spoelstra due to flu symptoms. Bosh and Allen  have been ruled out of tonight’s game with the disease.

The Clippers on the other hand will be at full strength tonight as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Chauncey Billups and Jamal Crawford are all returning from various injuries. Paul’s absence has been particularly hard for the Clippers in their recent losses.

There will be a ceremony in the game for current Clipper Ronny Turiaf where he will receive the championship ring he earned as a member of the Heat last season.