The Miami Heat (24-22) are aiming to bounce back from a multitude of losses on Monday evening against the Phoenix Suns (26-20).
The Heat have been defeated in six consecutive matchups, with the latest coming against Jalen Brunson and the New York Knicks. Meanwhile, Phoenix has lost back-to-back contests against the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic.
Here’s the injury report:
R.J. Hampton: Out – G League – Two-Way
Orlando Robinson: Out – G League – On Assignment
Dru Smith: Out – Right Knee Surgery
Cole Swider: Out – G League – Two-Way
Jusuf Nurkic: Questionable – Thumb
If Nurkic is unable to compete, it paves the way for center Bam Adebayo to dominate on the offensive end. He struggled in recent outings, scoring less than 20 points in their last three games. Meanwhile, Nurkic is averaging 11.6 points and 10.3 rebounds on 49.5 percent shooting.
With Miami’s roster at full strength, it gives them the chance to begin winning once again. Their losing streak is destroying morale among the players, meaning coach Erik Spoelstra must find a way to come out victorious.
The Suns’ Big Three of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal is dangerous, but the Heat are known to pull out victories in improbable circumstances.