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Heat hope to have Dragic when they visit Hawks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks

  1. Miami won three of four games against the Hawks last season, including a 115-86 victory the last time they met on April 4 in Atlanta. The 29-point win was the Heat's largest against the Hawks since February of 2004 (125-92).
  2. The Heat have dropped back-to-back games to fall to 3-4 on the season. They have scored 110 or more points in a team-record six straight contests -- three more than the previous franchise high.
  3. Atlanta has lost four straight games, including Thursday's 146-115 home setback versus the Kings. That's the most points allowed by the Hawks since a 146-131 loss at Portland on November 18, 1970.
  4. Trae Young registered his second career double-double against the Kings, with 14 points and 10 assists. He has scored in double figures in every game this season, one of two rookies to do so entering the weekend (also Luka Doncic, Dal -- plays Friday).
  5. Hassan Whiteside has 10 or more rebounds in all seven Heat games this season. That's the second-longest streak by a Miami player to open a season all-time, to his own 13-game streak in 2016-17.
  6. Josh Richardson leads the Heat with 19.1 points per game, up from 12.9 per game last season. He averaged 18.8 points on 49.1 percent shooting in four meetings with Atlanta last season.

The Miami Heat will play the second game of their three-game road trip against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, but one of their best players continues to be hobbled with a foot injury.

The Heat is keeping an eye on the status of starting guard Goran Dragic, who had a cortisone shot in his right foot. The veteran has tried to play through the injury for the last couple of weeks but opted for the shot to ease his discomfort. It normally takes 48 hours for the shot to take effect. Dragic has not missed any time because of the injury

"Get a lot of pain after practice and during the games," Dragic told the Washington Post. "We just want to go and treat it first and see if it's going to be any better. But you're always pounding in this, so it's always the same or worse. Then we decided (Wednesday), I went and got a shot."

The Heat (3-4) has lost two straight games. They'll be taking on a young Atlanta team (2-6) that has lost its last four.

Dragic is Miami's second-leading scorer (17.7 points per game) and averages 3.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists. In 21 career games against Atlanta, he is averaging 13.2 points and 4.5 assists.

Miami is led in scoring by guard Josh Richardson, who averages 19.1 points and 4.4 rebounds. He scored a career-high 31 points against the Kings on Oct. 29. Forward Rodney McGruder (14.3) and Hassan Whiteside (13.0 points, 15.6 rebounds) have been consistently good.

The Hawks are led by Trae Young, who leads all rookies in assists (7.0), is second in scoring (18.5) and third in 3-point percentage (33.3). Young has scored at least 10 points in the first eight games of his NBA career, an accomplishment matched by only two other players in franchise history -- Dominique Wilkins (nine) and John Drew (eight).

Despite his youth, Young has become the face of the team. He's mature enough to understand the learning nature of this season and pointed out the need for patience.

" 1/8Sacramento, which beat the Hawks on Thursday 3/8 went through struggles last year and you see what they're able to do now," Young said after the 146-115 loss. "Of course, you never want to lose like this."

The Hawks are also getting 15.5 points and 5.3 rebounds from Taurean Prince and 14.9 points and 4.6 rebounds from Kent Bazemore. Center Alex Len has been the team's most pleasant surprise and is averaging 10.5 points and 5.9 rebounds. Veteran point guard Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 23 points on Thursday against Sacramento.

Atlanta got Alex Poythress back from an ankle injury that kept him out two games, but lost Kevin Huerter to an ankle injury in the same game. Huerter will not be available for the Miami game.

The Hawks have been hurt by turnovers. They committed 22 in the lopsided loss to the Kings and average 18.6 per game. It's one reason the team is allowing 120.5 points per game.

This is the first of four meetings between the two regional rivals. Miami went 3-1 against the Hawks last season and has won five of the last six meetings.

Updated November 2, 2018

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