Heat playoff hopes on the line: The Miami Heat are playing their final home game of 2019 as the 76ers come to town. This is do or die for Miami. Miami needs a win to remain playoff eligible, however their hopes really depend on the Pistons. Miami has had a dreadful run, going 1-4 in their last five games. Although Miami may catch a break as Joel Embiid is listed as day-to-day and since Philly is already in the playoffs, he may be out. Josh Richardson is still out for tonight’s game and Ryan Anderson is day-to-day. Miami needs to change their fortune against Philly as they are down 0-2 in the season series. The 76ers won the last match-up 106-102. Heat fans will also be Cavaliers and Grizzlies fans as those teams also, control the Heat’s destiny. The Heat tip-off at 7:30.
Marlins look to change fortune: The Fish are visiting Cincinnati for a three game series with the Reds. Miami is coming off a series loss to the Braves and are just 1-4 in their last five. However things have been worse for the Reds, who are just a dismal 1-8 on the season. The Marlins turn things over to Jose Urena, who has not had a good first couple starts. Last time out, Urena went just four innings and allowed five earned runs. He is 0-2 on the season with an ERA north of 10. The Reds go to Luis Castillo who was excellent his last time out. Castillo went seven innings, striking out nine, however did not get the win. He is 0-1 with an ERA of 1.42 on the season. Former Marlin, Derek Dietrich will match-up with his former team for the first time this season.
First pitch is 6:40.
Panthers find new coach: The Florida Panthers have found their new head coach, and he is a familiar name to general manager, Dale Tallon. Joel Quenneville. Quenneville was hired by Tallon back in 2008 to lead the Blackhawks. In a span of six years, the Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups. Quenneville is also, second all-time on the NHL’s coaching victories list. The Panthers paid a big to land the three-time champion. Quenneville made six million dollars, even though Chicago fired him mid-season. This deal is expected to be in the same range. Quenneville replaces Bob Boughner who Tallon relieved of his duties on Sunday.