NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Miami 34 28 32 24 118
Portland 30 25 24 29 108
7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 PM CTNaN:� , February 5, 2019
Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon  Attendance: 19,468

Blazers game is homecoming for Heat's Spoelstra

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Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers

  1. The Heat have lost three in a row after losing to the Pacers, 95-88, at home on Saturday. Miami has won three of its las four on the road, and the Heat are one of three teams with a better road record (13-11) than home record (11-16).
  2. Dwyane Wade scored 21 points in the loss to Indiana, his sixth game with 20 or more points this season. He now has 618 such games in his career, 589 of which have come with Miami, most in franchise history. LeBron James ranks second with 249 such games with the Heat.
  3. The Blazers have won three in a row and six of their last seven dating back to January 16. Portland is averaging 121.7 points in that span, third most in the NBA behind Oklahoma City (123.1) and Golden State (122.6).
  4. Portland tied a season high with 132 points in its most recent win over Utah. Damian Lillard scored 36 to lead the team while CJ McCollum poured in 30 points -- it was their 10th game with 30-plus points each. Among current teammates, only Steph Curry and Klay Thompson (12) have done this more.
  5. The Heat beat the Blazers at home when the teams met on October 27, 120-111. Portland is currently riding an eight-game home win streak, the longest active in the NBA.
  6. Both teams take advantage of second-chance opportunities -- Portland ranks third in the NBA averaging 14.9 second-chance points while Miami (14.7) ranks fifth. The Blazers have gone 18-11 (.621) with more second-chance points than opponents while the Heat have gone 16-14 (.533) in such games

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has a unique perspective on the Portland Trail Blazers.

Spoelstra grew up in the Portland area, the son of former Blazers executive Jon Spoelstra. Erik, who also played at the University of Portland, keeps a tab on the progress of all the teams in the NBA, but Portland in particular.

Entering Tuesday night's matchup with the Heat in Portland, the Blazers have won three games in a row and six of their last seven. Portland is riding an eight-game home win streak and stands in fourth place in the Western Conference.

"I really respect what they've done this year," said Spoelstra, whose club is kicking off a six-game road trip. "Coach (Terry) Stotts has done a tremendous job with that group. The resilience they've shown to come back this year with the same group after a disappointing playoff (result) last year. ... It's not easy.

"We've been through seasons like that. Most teams give up on that and start over, and it usually takes years to recover from that. What they did was not feel sorry for themselves and showed some responsibility. It's been pretty impressive what they've done in a highly competitive Western Conference."

Portland is expected to have an addition to its roster for Tuesday's game. On Sunday, the Blazers acquired 6-8 swingman Rodney Hood from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin and a pair of second-round draft picks.

Portland point guard Damian Lillard knows Hood through Lillard's friendship with Utah Jazz assistant coach Johnnie Bryant, who worked closely with Hood during his years with the Jazz. Lillard and Bryant are both Oakland natives, and Bryant has helped Lillard with his game, too.

"We'd talk and Johnnie would tell me about Rodney's progress as a player," Lillard said. "I respect (Hood). When he was with Utah, he always came in and gave them a spark. He's a good-sized wing who can score, shoot the ball, solid defender -- it will be interesting to see how he will fit in with us."

Miami, clinging to the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, comes to Portland with a three-game losing streak.

The Heat have constantly battled injuries. The starting guards from a year ago have been missing most of the season. Goran Dragic has played only 14 games -- two since Nov. 16 -- and had his knee scoped on Dec. 19. He is expected back after the All-Star break. Dion Waiters has played only 13 games after ankle surgery more than a year ago and is coming off the bench.

Reserve forward Derrick Jones injured a knee a week ago and will be out at least six weeks. Guards Dwyane Wade (knee) and Tyler Johnson (calf) and James Johnson (hernia) have also missed significant time, though all three are expected to play Tuesday night.

"Every team deals with injuries on some level at some point," Spoelstra said. "We have had an opportunity to be further along than we are at this point. That's been somewhat disappointing. We're not as far along as I feel we should be, but our record is what it is."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 4, 2019

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