Our usual post-shootaround look at tonight’s Raptors game.
MIAMI (2-2) at TORONTO (2-1)
Air Canada Centre
TIPOFF: 7 p.m.
TV: TSN2; RADIO: TSN1050
Miami: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Udonis Haslem, TPD; Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas.
James vs. Gay
No, no one stops James by himself, it just doesn’t happen. It’s schemes and multiple looks and a fervent hope that James has some kind of bad shooting night. But Gay is the first matchup so his name is atop the list.
What happened this morning
It’s going to be more quiet
Word from Miami is that Chris Bosh, whose wife gave birth to a daughter yesterday, will not make the trip to Toronto for the game.
That’s sure to disappoint the boobirds in the crowd but the Raptors will take every little break they can get.
Bosh’s wife, Adrienne, had the couple’s first daughter early Tuesday morning and since it’s a one-off road trip for the Heat, it makes entire sense that he’d pass it up and wait for his teammates to get back to south Florida.
Of course, that means Bosh won’t start so the Heat’s opening lineup is up in the air at the moment
Remember the last time the Raptors beat the Heat? Bet not many do.
It was Jan. 27, 2010 and since then Miami has won 11 straight against the Raptors.
The last Toronto win? Some guy named Andrea Bargnani led the Raptors with 27 points in the 111-103 victory and the Heat starters that night at the Air Canada Centre included a couple of guys familiar to Toronto fans:
Jermaine O’Neal had 22 points and Rafer Alston went 4-for-16 from the floor.
- >Esoteric stat of the day
According to our good friends at Raptors media relations, before Monday games, Toronto’s average of 50 rebounds a game was first in the NBA through the first week of the season and they are first in offensive rebounds, 15.6 per game, and second chance points,, 21.3. Sustainable? Likely not.
Dick Bavetta, the ageless wonder, is one of the whistle-blowers tonight, along with Ken Mauer and Eric Lewis.
What’s up with Toronto?
Not an awful lot new, Raptors will be looking to go two games over .500 for the first time since 2010 with a victory.
The game also begins an arduous stretch of four games in five nights and comes after a three games in four nights stretch last week.