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NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Still nothing. The Brooklyn Nets went to Minneapolis to play the Wolves on Saturday after losing to the Cavs the night before. They couldn't break out of their funk and lost by 20 points. This is the last night of their brief three game road trip.

Waiting for them will be the Miami Heat. After struggling for most of the season, they've gotten hot as if late. They pushed their winning streak to seven games with a win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.

Where to follow the game

YES Network on TV. WFAN 101.9 FM on radio. Tip after 7:30.


No Jeremy Lin and Joe Harris. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson left Saturday's game with a sore right ankle and is questionable.

Tyler Johnson is likely out for this game. Hassan Whiteside has been dealing with some ankle soreness, but he should be out there tonight.

The game

The Heat won the first meeting last week.

In off the court news, after impressing during his two ten day contracts, the Nets have signed Quincy Acy to a two year contract.

It's one thing to lose a bunch of games. It's another to be non-competitive and develop bad habits. Kenny Atkinson is looking to prevent things from getting worse and when asked about making changes, he said:

“We’ll look at it. I think it’s something we’ve got to look at it. We’ve got to find the guys that want to defend and distribute the minutes proportionately, appropriately. I think that’s where we are. I think we’ve had a streak here where we’re not defending. That’s not acceptable. That’s not the type of program we’re trying to run.”

On the season, the Nets have only kept opponents under 100 points three times.

If he keeps it up, Dion Waiters will cash in over the summer. During the seven game winning streak, he's averaging 22 points a game on 50 percent shooting from the field and 48.7 percent from three point range. Mix in some late game heroics and he's got everyone Dion-ing. Bojan Bogdanovic will be respinsible for Brooklyn's perimeter scoring. He leads the regulars in three point percentage, but has only gone 3-13 from deep in his last four games. He's had a fairly inconsistent season and with the break coming up, some time off will do him some good.

Brook Lopez had a party against Whiteside and the Heat for most of last week's game and will need to do something similar to get the Nets the win. With Whiteside a bit dinged up, expect to see a lot of James Johnson and Willie Reed.

Player to watch: Goran Dragic

Dragic has been given the keys to Miami’s offense and has been making the most of it. He can break defenses down off the dribble, get to the rim and create contact, and find good looks for his teammates. There has been the occasional trade rumor surrounding him, but if the Heat keep winning and find themselves within striking distance of the eighth seed by the deadline, he'll stick around in Miami.

Tonight is another opportunity for Spencer Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead to prove themselves. They've handled the majority of point guard duties with Lin out, but neither player has made a convincing case for why they should be the clear cut starter. If the Nets can find a clear cut starter, it will dramatically increase their chances at winning some games.

From the Vault

Every so often, I like to go back and watch Dwyane Wade highlights from the 2008-2009 season. He was phenomenal.

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