- Hawks center Erick Dampier, who signed a 10-day contract Thursday and played Friday in Orlando, may play more than the 1:46 he turned in against the Magic. Yet while the 16-year veteran knows his way around Atlanta coach Larry Drew’s system a little better, but barring unforeseen developments, he isn’t likely to see as much time Sunday against the Heat as he probably will Tuesday against the Lakers in L.A. Dampier’s primary value is on the defensive end, and Miami does not run much — or any — offense through starting center Joel Anthony, and as they’re one of the NBA’s top uptempo teams, Drew will probably deploy Dampier late in quarters or leading into TV timeouts to give starting center Zaza Pachulia a blow.
- The Heat are in at least one way the opposite of the Hawks inasmuch as they have more centers than they can play. Miami has signed Mickell Gladness to a second 10-day contract, but he will be inactive when the teams meet Sunday night in Atlanta. Beyond starter Joel Anthony, the Heat have Dexter Pittman, Eddy Curry and now Gladness on the roster.
– Matt Winkeljohn