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Wizards vs. Heat preview: Washington heads to Miami with battered roster seeking win

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Last week, the Wizards took down the Cavaliers, the best team in the Eastern Conference on their home floor. Tonight, they have the same opportunity against the Miami Heat, who have moved into the top spot after winning six of their last eight games, including a 99-84 home win over Cleveland on Saturday night.

Washington won last Tuesday, despite a rash of injuries, but it could be even more difficult tonight. Worst case scenario, the Wizards may only have nine healthy players tonight for the second half of a back-to-back.

Game Info

When: December 7 @ 7:30 pm EST

Where: American Airlines Arena in Miami

TV: CSN Washington

Radio: WNEW 99.1 FM

Injury Report

Alan Anderson, Nene and Drew Gooden are out for the Wizards. John Wall, Kris Humphries, and Marcin Gortat are questionable.

Luol Deng and Amare Stoudemire are questionable for the Heat.

What to Watch For

Even weirder lineups

The Wizards lineups were enough with so many big men down, if John Wall is out for tonight's game as well, Randy Wittman is going to have to throw out some very bizarre combinations tonight. If you like absurdity, tonight will be fun. If you like traditional, sensical lineups, this may not be the game for you.

Can the Wizards stop the three ball?

Wes Matthews brought Washington's glaring issues with defending the three back to light again Sunday night when he made 10 threes. Miami doesn't have a sharpshooter at the same level as Matthews, but that just means Washington has to work harder to make sure the Heat don't let a subpar shooter get hot because they're not defending well.