NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 19th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (28-27) at Memphis Grizzlies (27-26), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Unlike the Grizzlies, the Miami Heat will not be unveiling any new members of their squad when they pay a visit to Memphis Friday night.
Miami was reportedly interested in either Amare Stoudemire or Carlos Boozer, but stood pat when Thursday's trade deadline passed. The Heat have more to worry about now that superstar Dwyane Wade is expected to miss tonight's game with a left calf strain suffered in an 87-84 victory at New Jersey on Wednesday. Wade left the game in the first quarter and finished with eight points in less than eight minutes, snapping a streak of 148 straight games with 10 or more points.
The All-Star Game MVP is averaging 26.1 points this season and has missed a total of 98 games throughout his career due to injury or coach's decision.
"When I pushed off, I felt a little pop," Wade said after Miami's season high fourth straight victory. "I took two more steps and it felt the same way, so I knew I needed to get out. It's a little sore right now. So I guess we will see in the next day or so. We will take it day-by-day and get some treatment and therapy."
Michael Beasley picked up the slack with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Quentin Richardson had 16 points and 14 boards for the Heat, who are seventh in the Eastern Conference standings and improved to 3-0 on a five-game road trip. The Heat, who will also visit Dallas and are 14-15 away from south Florida this season, are 19-0 when holding opponents to under 90 points.
Memphis is fighting for the franchise's first playoff appearance since the 2005-06 campaign, which was the last of three-straight postseason berths, and sits 3 1/2 games off the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. It will try to stop a three-game home losing streak Friday night after putting the brakes on a five-game skid with Wednesday's 109-102 overtime win at Toronto.
Rudy Gay scored eight of his 29 points in overtime and All-Star Zach Randolph notched 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Grizzlies, who have won nine road games this season, surpassing the team's total from a year ago.
"It's crazy if an overtime win is what you need to break something like that (losing streak), but maybe that's what we needed," Gay said.
Randolph, meanwhile, continued his resurgent season and is averaging 20.5 points per game, the highest scoring average by a Memphis player since Shareef Abdur-Rahim recorded 23.0 points in 1998-99. Randolph is also just one of two players in the NBA (Chris Bosh) and the only player in the Western Conference averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
The Grizzlies bolstered their lineup by acquiring guard/forward Ronnie Brewer from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a draft pick. Brewer averaged 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 53 games -- all starts -- for the Jazz, and is expected to be in the lineup this evening.
Memphis beat Miami, 118-90, in mid-December at AmericanAirlines Arena and has won four of the past five meetings between the teams. The Heat are winless in consecutive trips to FedEx Forum.
02/19 10:33:09 ET