April 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat dancers throw out t-shirts during the second half against the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Heat/Rockets Preview

The Rockets will be visiting town tonight as the regular season is drawing to a close. Miami will be looking to bounce back from yesterday’s loss to the Wizards. The Big 3 are all questionable, as the remaining games have little value in terms of playoff seeding. Wade is out with a dislocated left index finger, while Bosh has been resting the last 2 games. Out of the 3, James is probably the one with the highest chance of seeing any action today, but might also be resting. Ronny Turiaf is another Heat player that has been battling injuries as of late, and will likely sit out too.

Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller played well in the unfortunate loss to Washington and will be looking build upon that as they host Houston.

Houston are in a completely different state, as they must win against Miami. Both Phoenix and Houston are currently 1 game behind Utah, as the 3 teams are battling for that elusive 8th seed in the West. Expect the Rockets to come out with a sense of urgency and determination as they try to extend their season and make the playoffs.

April 21, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Goran Dragic (3) lays in a shot against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

The play of the Rockets has been quite erratic as of late. They were holding onto the 6th seed in the West until they lost 6 straight, but are coming off a win against Golden State. The Rockets will likely try to abuse the flaws in Miami’s front court by going to Scola, and relying on Marcus Camby to clean up on the defensive end. Goran Dragic has played exceptionally well as Kyle Lowry was battling injury, and it will be interesting to see how the Miami back court deals with the quick point-guard.

UPDATE: LeBron James is reported to be playing.

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