Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat must solve Spurs’ defense to break long losing streak against San Antonio

MIAMI HEAT VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

When: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.

Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio

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

Records: Miami 11-12, Golden State 16-8

Line: San Antonio favored by 7.5 points.

Miami’s Dion Waiters looks on during the Heat’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs early this season at AmericanAirlines Arena. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Justise Winslow

F: Josh Richardson

C: Bam Adebayo

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Spurs

F: Rudy Gay

F: LaMarcus Aldridge

C: Pau Gasol

G: Danny Green

G: Tony Parker

Scouting report: The Heat are playing back-to-back games against teams with the second- and third-best records in the Western Conference, Golden State and San Antonio. The Warriors blitzed the Heat in the second half Sunday on the way to a 123-95 victory. … The Heat and Spurs meet for the second, and final time, this season. San Antonio easily defeated the Heat, 117-100, a week into the season. Aldridge led the Spurs with 31 points. Gay had 22 off the bench. … Kawhi Leonard is getting closer to returning from the thigh injury that has kept him out all season, but he will not play against Miami. Forward Kyle Anderson, who started against Miami in October and led the Spurs with 10 rebounds, is out with a quadriceps injury. … Aldridge leads the Spurs with 22.8 points and 8.2 rebounds. … Tony Parker recently returned from his torn quadriceps muscle and has played four games. He is averaging 7.8 points and 4.0 assists. … Defensively, the Spurs are allowing a league low 97.0 ppg, and are second in defensive rating, 99.9. They allow the fewest second chance points, 10.3 per game. … The Heat are still without center Hassan Whiteside (left knee bruise), swingman Rodney McGruder (stress fracture, left leg) and forward Okaro White (left foot facture). … Adebayo will receive his fourth consecutive start in place of Whiteside. He is averaging 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in his last four games. … Miami is 6-6 on the road. … The Heat have lost eight straight to San Antonio.

[Opponents have adjusted to Heat’s drive-and-kick offense, now Heat must make adjustments of their own]

[Mailbag: Should the Heat consider using Dion Waiters in a bench role?]

[As Heat struggle to find consistency, odds of winning title, Eastern Conference getting much longer]

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Tim Duncan retires: His link to the Miami Heat

Tim Duncan and Chris Bosh in the 2014 NBA Finals. (Getty Images)
Tim Duncan and Chris Bosh in the 2014 NBA Finals. (Getty Images)

Tim Duncan put together an unbelievable 19-year run with the San Antonio Spurs, stamped with 15 All-Star appearances and five championships, before announcing his retirement today.
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Former Miami Heat guard Ray Allen eyes Golden State Warriors

Ray Allen, shooting a commercial, is considering a return. (Getty Images)
Ray Allen, shooting a commercial, is considering a return. (Getty Images)

Former Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen is sizing up his options for a possible return to the NBA.

Allen, who turns 41 in two weeks, left the league after playing for Miami in the 2014 Finals. His most memorable moment for the Heat, by far, was his game-tying 3-pointer in Game 6 of The Finals in 2013. That kept the team alive, and it followed by taking down the Spurs in Game 7.
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Report: Miami Heat to meet with Kevin Durant on Sunday

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Kevin Durant is ready to listen to free agency pitches and has scheduled meetings.

Kevin Durant reportedly will meet with Heat on Sunday. (Getty Images)
Kevin Durant reportedly will meet with Heat on Sunday. (Getty Images)

The Heat, according to ESPN, will get their sitdown with him Sunday in New York. That’s difficult timing for Miami, which plans to talk with free agent Hassan Whiteside the moment free agency opens Friday.

Durant will start his free agency process by meeting with his current team, the Thunder, in Oklahoma City on Thursday. From there, he is flying to New York and the rest of the teams will come to him. Here is the known schedule:
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2016 NBA playoffs: Miami Heat are 6-3 in Game 7s

The Heat's most recent Game 7? Two weeks ago, when Goran Dragic crushed the Hornets. (Getty Images)
The Heat’s most recent Game 7? Two weeks ago, when Goran Dragic crushed the Hornets. (Getty Images)

After a convincing Game 6 win over the Raptors on Friday, the Heat are back in Toronto for the 10th Game 7 in their history Sunday.

Miami is 6-3 all-time in these situations, though this is just its second one on the road. Here’s a look at every Game 7 in team history:
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The Post’s NBA ballot: Stephen Curry for MVP

Curry or Leonard for MVP? (Getty Images)
Curry or Leonard for MVP? (Getty Images)

The NBA MVP award is one of the toughest to pick, even in a year when Stephen Curry lit it up like he did this season.

The voting was announced this morning, and Curry became the first unanimous winner in league history. Here is The Palm Beach Post’s MVP ballot:

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2016 NBA playoffs: The Miami Heat’s Game 7 history

"Thunder Dan" Majerle and the 1999-00 team won the first Game 7 in Heat history. (Getty Images)
“Thunder Dan” Majerle and the 1999-00 team won the first Game 7 in Heat history. (Getty Images)

After a gutsy Game 6 win in Charlotte, the Heat host the Hornets this afternoon for the ninth Game 7 in franchise history.

Miami is 5-3 all-time in these situations and hasn’t lost one at home since 2005. Here’s a look at every Game 7 the Heat have ever played:
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NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting: Hassan Whiteside 3rd

Hassan Whiteside finished 3rd in DPOY voting. (Getty Images)
Hassan Whiteside finished 3rd in DPOY voting. (Getty Images)

Hassan Whiteside set NBA Defensive Player of the Year as his target coming into this season, a goal encouraged by the Heat‘s only winner of that award, Alonzo Mourning. He came close, but Kawhi Leonard won the vote for the second consecutive year.
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Wade says Udonis Haslem would play on many other teams

Udonis Haslem is still here and it seems like he always will be. (Getty Images)
Udonis Haslem is still here and it seems like he always will be. (Getty Images)

Dwyane Wade slipped into a little bit of a sidebar on Heat veteran Udonis Haslem the other day when discussing the Spurs’ prolonged success and the longevity of Tim Duncan.
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Goran Dragic (ankle) will play vs. San Antonio Spurs

Goran Dragic is good to go for tonight's game at San Antonio. (Getty Images)
Goran Dragic is good to go for tonight’s game at San Antonio. (Getty Images)

Goran Dragic is doing fine a day after injuring his left ankle tripping on referee Bill Kennedy and will play for the Heat tonight at San Antonio, a Heat spokesman said.
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