Sponsored ads sponsored ads sponsored ad sponsored ads Sponsored ad sponsored ad Sponsored advertisement Sponsored advert Sponsored advertising Sponsored article The Miami Heat is looking to get back on track this season.
The team will host a game against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night and is expected to have a win in the next 24 hours.
The Heat is also hoping to improve its record in the first half of the season by defeating the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors in their respective first halves.
“It’s going to be a big week,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said on Monday.
“There’s a lot of great things we’re going to look forward to.
We’re going back to our normal schedule and we’re looking forward to getting back to playing our game.”
Miami is currently tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the third-worst record in NBA history.
The Heat has dropped 16 of its last 17 games.
The season has already been a struggle for the Heat.
The organization has missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007-08.
The Heat has been struggling with injuries, with center Hassan Whiteside out for the season with a sprained right ankle.
Whiteside, who missed the first four games of the NBA season, was able to return to the court for Game 5.
Spoelstras plans to rest Whiteside for the rest of the series.
The 6-foot-11 center missed Game 3 with a right ankle sprain and Game 4 with a sore right hamstring.
The Miami forward had missed 11 of the team’s last 12 games, including three straight during the Heat’s playoff run.
According to a league source, Whiteside could be sidelined for as long as eight weeks after suffering the injury.
Whitesides last game back was on Dec. 12 against the Philadelphia 76ers, when he was in the fourth quarter with just under 10 minutes remaining.
Whiteside was a big part of the Heat`s offensive resurgence in the playoffs last year.
He averaged 23.3 points per game, including 9.8 rebounds, and was the league MVP with 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Whitesiders numbers also helped the Heat overcome a 14-point deficit in Game 3 against the Boston Celtics to win the series 3-1.
While Whiteside was out, the Heat won’t be without Dwyane Wade, who is still out with a torn ACL.
Wade is expected back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Oklahoma Heat.
In addition to the regular season, the NBA will host the Western Conference finals for the fifth time this season, which means the Heat will be looking for their first championship since 2009.
The Cavaliers swept the Heat in the 2017 NBA Finals, which Miami won in seven games.
While the Heat are hoping to get a bounce back from the Cavaliers, Spoelstrom said he doesn’t think it will happen overnight.
He also said he hopes that he can get the Heat back on the right path.
“I hope that we get back to the way we were last year,” Spoelstras said.
“Hopefully, I can get it back, but I also hope that it’s a playoff team that can get back and win a championship.
That’s what it comes down to.”
The Heat’s schedule is looking tough, as the team is scheduled to play two games in its home arena against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday and against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.