The winner of tonight’s Heat Pacers game will be atop the East and in position to host Game 7 of conference finals.
For the last six weeks, Indiana and Miami haven’t exactly looked like NBA title contenders.
LeBron James and the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat have defeated all but one of 29 opposing teams at least once this season, with the lone exception being the Brooklyn Nets.
After facing mainly lottery-bound opponents in the past five games, the potentially short-handed Miami Heat now try to maintain their slim lead in the Eastern Conference by taking on a string of teams that are either headed to the playoffs or contending for berths.
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday that Dwyane Wade and Greg Oden are both not expected to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Miami Heat ascended to first place in the Eastern Conference Tuesday while pursuing the ever-elusive three-peat. But the question in the back of the minds of many Heat fans is what happens when the current season ends.
For the first time all season, the Miami Heat are alone atop the Eastern Conference.
The Miami Heat can pull ahead of Indiana with a victory over Toronto Monday night and a Pacers loss to the San Antonio Spurs. But the Heat will have to beat the Raptors with a short-handed roster.
Heat star Dwyane Wade missed his second straight game with a sore left hamstring.
The Miami Heat can pull even in the loss column with the Indiana Pacers this year if LeBron and company can go into Bankers Life Fieldhouse Wednesday night and knock off Indiana at home. But that’s a lot easier said than done.