This is it, the match up NBA fans have been dying to see. Two of the NBA's most popular teams, on the NBA's spotlight weeknight game. Our hometown Miami Heat versus the Los Angeles Lakers, featuring a star-studded lineup of... Jodie Meeks? Nick Young? Xavier Henry? Don't forget Pau Gasol, who looks more like a Spanish Big Bird with each passing day. The Lakers are a bad team, and unfortunately for local fans, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash aren't set to return from injury until January 28th.
Miami Heat freaks have become accustomed to the fact that one regular season game isn't all that matters, but rather, it's stacking up those wins so playoff home court advantage can be set. Unfortunately, it's also getting close to the NBA All-Star Weekend, which means all those little nagging injuries are going to get some strong consideration for several DNPs. At least this game should be an easy notch in the win column, bringing the team closer to postseason glory.
The Heat face the Lakers Thursday at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. Tickets range from $80 to $500. Visit heat.com or call 786-777-1000.
Thu., Jan. 23, 8 p.m., 2014