After a three-game winning streak, the
On Wednesday, they'll look to avoid dropping their third straight when they visit the
The Heat recently acquired point guard
Miami, currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, still hopes to hold onto a playoff position with the
Dragic has been struggling recently with general soreness.
For the Lakers,
The 25-year-old 7-footer has been a revelation for the Heat this season, averaging 10.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks a game while shooting 63.3% from the field.
Whiteside was originally drafted in the second round (33rd overall) in 2010 by the
If Dragic is able to play, he's an extremely crafty scorer at point guard who also sets up his teammates well.
Johnson is another young find by Miami. On Monday he scored 26 points in as many minutes against the Suns, hitting 10 of 13 shots.
Of course the Heat still have Dwyane Wade, along with veteran forward Luol Deng.
The Lakers have no choice but to heavily rely on the three-guard rotation of Jordan Clarkson,
Even short-handed, the Heat have too much to lose. They can't afford to let the Lakers get a win in Miami, especially with the Lakers coming in on the second night of a back-to-back, after a loss on Tuesday in Charlotte.