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Wizards vs. Heat preview: Washington briefly flies down south to Miami

A quick trip to South Beach for the Wizards on Friday night against top-team in Southeast Division.

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Game Info

When: Friday December 6 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Thomas Bryant (Foot, Out), Garrison Matthews (Leg, Day-to-Day), C.J. Miles (Wrist, Out), Ian Mahinmi (Achilles, Out), Jordan McRae (Hand, Out), Isaiah Thomas (Calf, Out)

Heat: Goran Dragic (Groin, Day-to-Day), KZ Okpala (Achilles, Out)

Pregame Notes

Injuries on top of injuries

Injuries come with the territory and that’s usually expected. But for the Wizards it seems as if when one player went down, more followed. So far three players have had surgeries on their significant injuries: Thomas Bryant, C.J. Miles and now Jordan McRae.

Bryant is dealing with a stress reaction in his foot and will be reevaluated in three weeks, while Miles had surgery on his left wrist and will be out indefinitely. Jordan McRae showed up on the injury report on Thursday evening after having surgery on his right ring finger. He’s expected to be out for about two weeks before evaluation.

An upside is that Ian Mahinmi made his debut Thursday night against the 76ers after dealing with an Achilles strain. He hasn’t played at all this season and with Bryant out, the center position was suspect. For Washington they’ll have to adapt and figure out a way to come out victorious basically for the rest of December.

After starting the season out just a game out of eighth place, Washington now is three games out. In front of them are the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets and the Orlando Magic who hold the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

It’s going to be a struggle for Washington, but honestly what part of this season hasn’t been already?

Washington Wizards-Miami Heat History: John Wall and Bradley Beal combine for 53 points in a 102-93 victory.