Injuries are a big part of the story in the lead-up to Friday's game between the Miami Heat (31-28) and the host Atlanta Hawks (32-27) in a battle between Eastern Conference playoff contenders. Hawks guard Trae Young, who is ranked 14th in the NBA with a 25.3 scoring average, left Wednesday's 137-127 overtime loss to the New York Knicks due to a sprained left ankle suffered with 1:13 left in the third quarter. "God had my back," Young tweeted after the game.
Miami Heat (31-28, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (32-27, fifth in the Eastern Conference) Atlanta; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta hosts the Miami Heat after Clint Capela's 25-point, 22-rebound showing in the Hawks' 137-127 overtime loss to the Knicks. The Hawks are 5-3 against division opponents. Atlanta has a 22-9 record against teams below .500. The Heat are 5-5 against the rest of the division. Miami averages 42.1 rebounds per game and is 17-6 when outrebounding opponents. The teams square off for the third time this season. The Hawks won 94-80 in the last meeting on March 2. Trae Young led Atlanta with 18 points, and Goran Dragic led Miami with 14 points. TOP PERFORMERS: John Collins is averaging 17.8 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Hawks. Bogdan Bogdanovic is averaging 20.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 46.8% over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.4 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Heat. Bam Adebayo is averaging 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 57.5% over the last 10 games for Miami. LAST 10 GAMES: Hawks: 7-3, averaging 116.3 points, 45 rebounds, 23.3 assists, 7.2 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.1 points on 47.4% shooting. Heat: 6-4, averaging 107.6 points, 38.8 rebounds, 28.5 assists, 9.4 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106 points on 47.3% shooting. INJURIES: Hawks: Danilo Gallinari: out (foot), De'Andre Hunter: out (knee), Tony Snell: out (ankle), Kris Dunn: out (ankle), Cam Reddish: out (achilles), Trae Young: day to day (ankle). Heat: Victor Oladipo: out (knee), Andre Iguodala: out (hip). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat) with an alley oop vs the San Antonio Spurs, 04/21/2021