Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Danny

HEAT at Raptors Game Thread and Preview

65 posts in this topic

670_heatraptorspre_130203.jpg

(Photo Credit: Claus Andersen)

The Miami HEAT take on the Toronto Raptors Sunday afternoon at Air Canada Centre. The HEAT are 29-14, tops in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 17-30, but have a new look after acquiring Rudy Gay. Tip off is set for 2 PM; coverage on Sun Sports starts at 1:30 PM.

Preview Coming

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm just wondering which HEAT team will show up? Will MIAMI compete for 48 minutes, or will they treat this game like a walk through? We know that the Raptors will come to play, will MIAMI?...TEAM HEAT since '88!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah i agree! this is must win game not for sending a message BUT for coach SPO to coach the east all stars 2013 or else it's coach Mike Woodson of the knicks will coach.

The only opponent of the HEAT is themselves we know they are great and best team BUT cmmon sometimes they take it easy and drop the game before it starts.

Coach SPO FTW!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is a must win game for the Heat after getting whooped at Indiana and this game will decide if the Heat will stay #1 seed going into the allstar game and if Spo gets to coach the allstar team which will be a advantage for our players. Also really it would suck to lose this game and go into the allstar break in a very sour note.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So supposedly there's some pictures of the team out late partying last night in Toronto.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another trash team scoring loads on us. It's not even funny anymore, the only games we win are on offense and we lose a bunch of games because of our sh**ty defense... The last 2 seasons we lost games because of offense, now we lose because of defense. That to me is worrisome. Team is not looking like championship material at all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ray Allen is atrocious on defense. If he's not hitting his shots consistently he's a huge negative to this team.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ray has been struggling, his defense sucks and he's be struggling making threes. dumb spo needs to play rashard, miller or jj, they suck on defense too but at least they can give you some threes

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This offense is getting so stale again. Spo still never established an offense for this team. It took him a year just to figure out that by playing a shooter at the 4 it opened the floor up for Wade and LeBron. Now if this team isn't making 3's at a high rate it gets easy to defend us.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Spo is a moron. He's still going with this terrible 2nd unit where we always get ourscored by a billion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Similar Content

    • By Joe B.

      Photo Credit: Steve Babineau
      The Miami HEAT face the Boston Celtics Sunday night at TD Garden. The HEAT fell to the Celtics 117-114 in their last meeting on December 30. Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM. Television coverage on FOX Sports Sun begins at 5:30 PM. You can also listen to the action live on 790 The Ticket.
      Highlights:
      December 30-HEAT at Celtics 
      December 18-Celtics at HEAT
      Game Notes:
      The HEAT have won three of five and are 35-37. The Celtics have won six of seven and stand at 47-26. Hassan Whiteside leads Miami in rebounds (14.2) and blocks (2.1) per game. Isaiah Thomas leads Boston in points (29.1) and assists (6.0) per contest.  
      Efficiencies (Rank):
      HEAT Offense: 104.8 (18) HEAT Defense: 104.0 (5) Celtics Offense: 108.4 (8) Celtics Defense: 105.3 (11)
    • By Joe B.

      Photo Credit: Issac Baldizon
      The Miami HEAT fell to the Toronto Raptors 101-84 Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Hassan Whiteside led the way for the HEAT with 16 points. Click here for the full recap on HEAT.com. 
    • By Joe B.

      Photo Credit: Issac Baldizon
      The Miami HEAT host the Toronto Raptors Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Get your tickets now! The HEAT defeated the Raptors 104-89 in their last meeting on March 11. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM. Television coverage on FOX Sports Sun begins at 7:00 PM. You can also listen to the action live on 790 The Ticket.
      1: What did the HEAT do well to get back on track against the Suns?
      Couper Moorhead: They played defense. Granted the starters came out a little slow on that end but once the bench unit was in towards the end of the first quarter the Suns were held to an offensive rating below 90 the rest of the way. Phoenix isn’t exactly an offensive powerhouse this time of year – Eric Bledsoe is being held out – and had plenty of unforced turnovers of their own but the opponent isn’t always the most important thing when it comes to getting back to your own established habits. Miami probably could have beat the Suns on Tuesday with scoring alone, but working on their game will help them in the long run with tougher opponents coming up.
      Joe Beguiristain: After a slow start to the contest, the HEAT got things going in the second quarter to take control of the game. In particular, Wayne Ellington caught fire towards the end of the period and helped Miami jump out to a 13-point lead at halftime. From that point on, the HEAT locked-in defensively (especially Hassan Whiteside) and held the Suns to just 39.5 percent shooting. Other than Whiteside, both Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson defended Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker quite well. In fact, Johnson led the team with five steals and helped Miami get some easy buckets in transition (the HEAT ended up with 19 fast break points on the night). In other words, Miami took care of business on its home floor against a depleted Phoenix squad. 
      2: Since Toronto didn’t have Kyle Lowry in the last meeting, what can we take away from that game?
      Couper: That the Raptors, despite an impressive comeback win over Chicago on Tuesday, miss Kyle Lowry. Last time these teams played the Raptors were playing on a back-to-back, which is always a factor, but despite a 26-point first quarter the Raptors never really seemed to get much of an offensive rhythm going as DeMar DeRozan was asked to do a ton of shot creation. Through the first three quarters, before the Raptors essentially played their bench the rest of the way, Toronto’s expected effective field-goal percentage, based on shot quality, was 47.6 – a number that would rank last in the league.
      Additionally, Toronto will be without the services of Serge Ibaka on Thursday. Ibaka was given a one-game suspension after an on-court incident with Robin Lopez on Tuesday.
      Joe: In that last matchup, the HEAT dominated the Raptors in nearly every facet. Six players scored in double-figures for Miami, while the team also held Toronto to just 37.5 percent shooting. Like Coup stated above, the Raptors did have some trouble initiating offense with Lowry out.
      As a whole, Toronto’s offense has dipped with its floor general out of the lineup. Before the All-Star Break, the team ranked fourth in offensive rating at 110.9 points per 100 possessions. In the 14 games since then without Lowry, the Raptors are ranked 16th with a 105.7 rating. Luckily, their defense has improved enough for them to go 9-5 since the break. New addition P.J. Tucker has had a lot to do with that, as the versatile forward is holding the opposition to 6.5 percentage points less than their usual field goal percentage since joining Toronto. We’ll see how things transpire on Thursday night.
      3: If Miami is without Hassan Whiteside (hand laceration), how will Miami adjust?
      Couper: Likely as they always have this season, with Willie Reed starting and heavy doses of James Johnson as a small-ball center. This isn’t the easiest matchup for that configuration considering Jonas Valanciunas is a load to deal with and Toronto can put out just as many versatile lineups as Miami with Ibaka, Patrick Patterson and new arrival P.J. Tucker. Even if Ibaka isn’t available, the Raptors can still play small with Miami. And of course Udonis Haslem is always an option, one that Erik Spoelstra can trust to adhere to the defensive system as well as anyone.
      Joe: If Whiteside can’t play on Thursday night, we’ll likely see Willie Reed in the starting lineup. In his five starts this season, Reed has averaged 14.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game on 68.6 percent shooting. After practice on Wednesday, the 26-year-old stated that his role doesn’t change in the starting lineup and that it’s still about bringing energy.
      “It’s not about the points. It’s about the energy that I can bring to the team, you know, holding down the inside [and] the paint, rebounding and trying to provide what Hassan provides.”
      Things will be tough with a skilled big in Jonas Valanciunas on the other side, but Reed has the mental makeup to get the job done.
      INJURY UPDATE: Coach Spo said Whiteside (hand) was a full participant in Thursday morning's shootaround and still intends to play.

      Highlights:
      March 11-Raptors at HEAT
      November 4-HEAT at Raptors
      Game Notes:
      The HEAT have won three of four and are 35-36 on the year. The Raptors have won four of five and stand at 42-29. Miami is 16-3 at home in 2017. DeMar DeRozan leads Toronto in scoring at 27.0 points per game.  
      Efficiencies (Rank):
      HEAT Offense: 105.1 (17) HEAT Defense: 104.0 (5) Raptors Offense: 109.9 (5) Raptors Defense: 105.3 (10)