Heat may be short-handed

08 February 2013 13:02:17 EST

Word out of Miami is that Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen are all game time decisions when the Heat hosts the Los Angeles Clippers at the American Airlines Arena.

Bosh has already missed games this week with the flu and appears to have laid low his teammates heading into games against both LA Clubs as the Lakers come into town on Sunday.

Now leading the Eastern Conference by one-and-a-half games the Heat, 3/4 to win the NBA Championship, have won their last three outings as part of an 8-2 run.

Miami also leads the Conference in points scored and has the highest point differential all factors that indicate that the defending NBA Champion remains the best in the East despite occasional indifferent form.

Six games back of the Heat in the Southeast Division the Atlanta Hawks are treading water, but that still may be enough to get them to the post-season after their quick start to the campaign.

Friday the Hawks follow up their Wednesday victory over the Memphis Grizzlies with the visit of the New Orleans Hornets to the Philips Arena in Atlanta before heading out on the road to Dallas and Orlando prior to the All-Star break.

Over in the Central Division the Chicago Bulls will look to regroup after a stunning rout at the hands of the Denver Nuggets. Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson each had double-doubles and Wilson Chandler came off the bench to lead the Nuggets with 24 points including five 3-pointers as part of an 8-for-9 evening from the field.

It’s now onto Salt Lake City on Friday for the Bulls to finish up their road trip against the Utah Jazz while Denver heads out to play the Cavaliers in Cleveland this weekend.

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