Happy April fool’s day Miami. Here’s what you need to know for the start of the week.
Heat in Boston: Coming off a successful weekend, the Heat look to continue their success in Boston against the Celtics. This game is key for both teams. First, Boston needs a win to avoid falling behind Indiana in the playoff seeding. The Heat, are looking to keep their lead over Orlando for the eighth seed. Miami is 3-2 in their last five games, whereas Boston is just 2-3. Miami will be without forwards, Justise Winslow and Rodney McGruder and guard, Josh Richardson. Boston’s center, Al Horford is listed day-to-day. The game tips off at 7:30.
Marlins hosting Mets: After splitting the opening series with Colorado, the Fish look to continue their decent play against the Mets. New York is coming off a series win against the Nationals. Miami will send lefty, Caleb Smith to the mound. Smith pitched 77.1 innings last season and had an ERA of 4.19. This will be his first start since June 24 of last year. New York, will send Steven Matz to the mound. Matz will look to improve upon last year in which he went 5-11 with a 3.97 ERA. First pitch is at 7:10.
Panthers in D.C.: The Panthers play host to the Capitals tonight in Sunrise. Florida is not going to the playoffs this year, but will look to slow down Washington’s red-hot play. Florida is just 2-3 in their last five, but did beat the Bruins in Boston during that stretch. Capitals’ star, Alex Ovechkin looks to make history by leading league in scoring an eighth time in his career, breaking a record he holds with Bobby Hull. Florida however, leads the season series 2-0 and looks the sweep tonight. Puck drops at 7:00.
Miami Open finishes: The Miami Open finished up this weekend, with Roger Federer taking on American, John Isner. Federer was one of the favorites to win early on, and he came through this weekend. Check out Shazon Lothan’s full recap on the Miami Open below.