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Indiana vs Miami
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, August 10, 2020
Where: Visa Athletic Center, Kissimmee, Florida

The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers, tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference at 43-27, will meet on Monday night near Orlando.

Since the NBA's restart began, the Pacers have matched the Toronto Raptors as the best team in the Eastern Conference with identical 4-1 records. Indiana wing player T.J. Warren is the league's top scorer in the restart, averaging an impressive 34.8 points on 60.5 percent shooting from the floor and 55.6 percent shot-making on three-pointers.

"He's on a different planet right now," Pacers teammate Victor Oladipo said. "I don't need to encourage him. He's going to put the ball in the rim regardless of who is out there."

The last time the Pacers and Heat played was Jan. 8, a 122-108 Miami victory. Warren and Heat star Jimmy Butler got into a verbal skirmish during that game. Warren, held to three points in 23 minutes, was ejected, and Butler blew him kisses as the Pacers now breakout star exited the court.

Ironically, Butler has missed the past three games due to a sore right foot, although he is expected to return against Indiana. Butler, a five-time All-Star, leads Miami in scoring, assists and steals.

The Heat have dropped two straight games and fell Saturday to the Phoenix Suns, who at 5-0 in the restart are even hotter than the Pacers.

The Heat were without three of their top four scorers against Phoenix: Butler, Goran Dragic (sprained left ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (Covid-19 quarantine).

Dragic, like Butler, is expected to return for Indiana. Nunn, who left the bubble for personal reasons, will miss the Pacers game because he needs to quarantine for at least four days.

"We want to get healthy," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Our No. 1 priority is getting ready for the playoffs."

One trend to watch for the Heat is the rise of 20-year-old guard Tyler Herro, the former Kentucky Wildcats star and Miami's No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft. With Nunn out against the Suns, Herro -- known primarily as a shooter -- earned just his seventh start of the season and showed a surprising amount of all-around skills.

Herro had 25 points, a career-high 10 assists and eight rebounds.

"I've been working really hard with the ball in my hands," said Herro, the 13th overall selection in the 2019. "I'm still young. I'm learning a lot, and my teammates are trusting me more."

Despite the loss to the Suns, Saturday brought some good news to the Heat as Nunn was named one of three finalists for NBA Rookie of the Year. In addition, Heat center Bam Adebayo was named one of three finalists for the NBA's Most Improved Player award.

Meanwhile, the Pacers beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 116-111, on Saturday night, holding superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis to a combined 39 points in 70 minutes.

In that same game, Warren scored 39 points in 37 minutes, making 15-of-22 shots from the floor, including 5-of-8 on three-pointers. He also went 4-for-4 on free throws and had one assist.

Hey, who needs multiple assists when you are shooting like Warren?

"I'm in a groove," Warren said. "During the time off, I stayed locked in and in love with the game."

Warren said he is meditating more, so maybe that's the reason for his offensive explosions. In his first game in the Orlando bubble Warren scored 53 points against the Philadelphia 76ers, and he's been rolling since.

But it's not like he wasn't a competent scorer before the relocation to the bubble. He is averaging 19.9 points this season, and averaged 19.6 points per game in 2017-2018.

"He's taking shots he can make," said Pacers coach Nate McMillan, keeping it simple. ‘He's not forcing anything."

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Indiana 43-27 W1 24-11 18-15 4-1 39-26 8-7 27-18
Miami 43-27 L2 27-5 14-19 4-4 39-23 10-4 29-12
Last Meeting
Indiana Miami
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/8/20 MIA 122 IND 108 108 37 47.6 122 41 53.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Indiana D. Sabonis 27 76.9 7
Miami T. Herro 19 43.8 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Indiana D. Sabonis 14 1 13
Miami B. Adebayo 9 0 9
Assists Player  
Indiana D. Sabonis 6
Miami J. Butler 7
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Indiana T. Warren 1405 53.4 180
Miami B. Adebayo 1202 55.7 280
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Indiana D. Sabonis 816 200 616
Miami B. Adebayo 776 185 591
Assists Player  
Indiana M. Brogdon 406
Miami B. Adebayo 376
Quickchart Matchup
Indiana Indiana Off vs  Miami Miami Defense
Indiana Off vs Miami - Points For 109.7 Points For
Indiana Off vs Miami - Points Against 109.2 Points Against
Indiana - FG% 47.8 FG%
Miami - FG% 44.8 FG%
Indiana - Reb 42.5 Reb
Miami - Reb 42.3 Reb
Miami Miami Off vs  Indiana Indiana Defense
Miami Off vs Indiana - Points For 112.3 Points For
Miami Off vs Indiana - Points Against 107.7 Points Against
Miami - FG% 46.9 FG%
Indiana - FG% 44.9 FG%
Miami - Reb 44.2 Reb
Indiana - Reb 45.0 Reb