The Heat will finish their current home stand tonight and hope to have it finish perfectly against the Portland Trail Blazers. This will be the second time this season that the two teams will face each other. The first game was at the Rose Garden in Portland on Jan. 10 and it ended with the Trail Blazers winning off a three point shot by Wesley Matthews after the Heat controlled the action for much of the contest.
Things have changed a lot since then.
Miami looks to getting into rhythm at just the right time on both offense and defense. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are both playing well recently with James being efficient at a level not seen in decades. Wade looks to be completely healthy again since his off-season knee surgery. Adding to the mix is that Miami’s newest addition, Chris Andersen, has played well considering his conditioning and has become a part of the rotation used by head coach Erik Spoelstra.
Portland, on the other hand, has lost 11 of the 15 games they have played since defeating the Heat and are coming into the game with a 25-26 record. The Trail Blazers are currently on a three-game losing streak and yet are only two games out of the eight seed in the Western Conference. Portland has hot had much success on the road with a 8-18 record out of the Rose Garden. One bright sport for the Trail Blazers has been rookie Damian Lillard, but he is coming off a poor shooting performance in his last game.
The Heat are still fighting the flu bug as Mike Miller has been ruled out for tonight with the virus.