Tonight’s matchup: Hassan Whiteside out for Heat’s game vs. Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns,right, eyes the basket as Miami Heat’s James Johnson defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. MIAMI HEAT

When: Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Minnesota 3-3, Miami 2-3

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

Timberwolves

F: Andrew Wiggins

F: Taj Gibson

C: Karl-Anthony Towns

G: Jimmy Butler

G: Jeff Teague

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Bam Adebayo

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Scouting report: Heat center Hassan Whiteside will miss his fifth consecutive game with a bone bruise in his left knee. … Rodney McGruder is also out for the Heat. There is no timetable for his return after left tibia surgery. … Heat guard Wayne Ellington has the intention of playing Monday despite missing shootaround with an illness. … Minnesota will be without center Justin Patton, who is out indefinitely after having surgery on July 4 to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot. … Miami swept the season-series against Minnesota last year, 2-0. … Six Heat players are averaging double-digit points this season. That list includes point guard Goran Dragic, who is averaging 20.2 points on 50.6 percent shooting … Miami ranks 21st of 30 teams in the NBA with a net rating of -5.1, which is a reliable team performance measure that’s the difference between a team’s offensive and defensive ratings (OR-DR). … Timberwolves center Karl Anthony-Towns is off to a dominant start, averaging 24.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his third NBA season. … Based on defensive rating, Minnesota has played the worst defense in the NBA to start the season. The Timberwolves have allowed 114.3 points per 100 possessions through six games.

[Why didn’t Dion Waiters play in the fourth quarter of Heat’s loss to Celtics?]

[Heat ‘aired it out’ in team meeting to discuss 2-3 start, but Whiteside still ‘very doubtful’ for Monday’s game]

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