When: 8:00 pm EST
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Charlotte Hornets look to match their four-game winning streak from a few weeks ago in tonight’s matchup with a shorthanded Miami Heat team.
During the waning moments of Thursday’s frenetic trade deadline, the Miami Heat shipped Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and a 2022 first-round pick swap to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Victor Oladipo. Earlier in the day, president Pat Riley traded Maurice Harkless and Chris Silva to the Sacramento Kings for Nemanja Bjelica.
With their newly-created roster spots, the Heat are rumored to be “frontrunners” in signing LaMarcus Aldridge, who was bought out by the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.
Miami will be without Jimmy Butler (illness), Goran Dragic (back), Udonis Haslem (health protocols), Oladipo (trade) and KZ Okpala (health protocols). Bjelica isn’t listed on the injury report, but it would be surprising if he plays tonight.
The Heat are shorthanded tonight minus two starters as well as the players they traded/traded for. Apart from Bam Adebayo, the starting lineup that head coach Erik Spoelstra lands on should be something to behold.
LaMelo Ball (fractured right wrist) is the only Hornet on tonight’s injury report.
The last time these teams met, Malik Monk scored a career-high 36 points with nine made 3-pointers (also a career-high), breaking the franchise record for points scored by a reserve in a single game. In one of their best wins of the season — and stop me if you’ve heard this before — the Hornets came back from a deficit late in the fourth quarter to pull out a miraculous win.
We’ve stumbled across yet another winnable game for Charlotte after a tough start to its West Coast road trip. Miami is missing two of their three best players, Tyler Herro (32.3 percent) and Duncan Robinson (38.7 percent) haven’t shot as well from deep this season, and they’ve lost five games in a row. The Heat are waiting patiently for reinforcements to come, but that likely won’t be until Monday.
After acquiring Brad Wanamaker in a trade with the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Hornets fans will probably have to wait another game before they see him suit up. It’s possible he’s with the team tonight, but that’d be a quick turnaround, much like Bjelica.