Just as I wrote after Game 6 last round, the Raptors missed a chance to keep a series from going the distance and will host another Game 7 on Sunday.
At least the game will be at 3:30 and not 8, so we won't need to bite our nails off all day in anticipation of heartbreak.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to go small, starting Justise Winslow at the five, and the Heat offence finally began clicking as he hoped it would all series.
Goran Dragic was on POINT GAWD level, dropping 30 on 12-21 from the floor while adding seven boards and four assists. Dwyane Wade also filled the boxscore with 22 points, six rebounds and five dimes.
Oddly enough on the Raptors end, it was one of the few times this postseason where the stars outshone the supporting cast. Kyle Lowry scored 36 points and DeMar DeRozan had 23 of his own, while no other Raptor reached double figures. Cory Joseph and Patrick Patterson played arguably their worst games of the playoffs, as they were a -15 and a -8, respectively, while never looking at all comfortable. DeMarre Carroll and Bismack Biyombo were strong defensively, but couldn't get anything going offensively as well.
While many fans will surely point to the officiating which was complete trash tonight, the blame can't all be placed on the tight whistle. The Raps lacked the defensive intensity they have exhibited in this series, as the Heat only committed 7 turnovers.
There were also some questionable rotation decisions by Dwane Casey, as Bebe Nogueira and James Johnson were dusted off in a last ditch comeback attempt that didn't exactly fair too well.
All that being said, do you think the Raps once again pull out a game seven win on their home floor?