Breathe those sighs of relief. After a frightening fall last night in Brooklyn, Kyle Lowry is merely day-to-day with a bone bruise in his lower back. This is good news for the Raptors, but may affect their plans to make a statement week.
Yes, with Cleveland and Golden State on the horizon, it’ll be important not to overlook the 22-17 Miami Heat tonight. The Raptors come in for the second game of a back-to-back after last night’s (unnecessarily) thrilling finish against the Nets, while Miami comes in about as .500 of a team as I’ve ever seen.
The Heat have been hurt by injuries all year, and it’s no different tonight. A usual thorn for the Raptors, Tyler Johnson, will sit with a shoulder strain. Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters are on the way back, but not quite.
Tyler Johnson our tonight with shoulder strain. Derrick Walton Jr back with team.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) January 9, 2018
This leaves Goran Dragic, a couple shooters, and an old friend in James Johnson — still skinny and balling out in South Beach. Despite their short-handed status, the Heat are always well-coached by Erik Spoelstra, and it’ll be interesting to see how much gas the Raptors have in them if the gears start to grind.
To get you properly set up, check out HQ newbie Mitch Orsatti’s game preview.
Where to Watch:
TSN 1/4, 7:30 PM ET
Miami - Goran Dragic, Wayne Ellington, Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk, Hassan Whiteside
Toronto - Delon Wright, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Miami - Tyler Johnson (shoulder), Rodney McGruder (tibia), Okaro White (foot), Justise Winslow (knee), Dion Waiters (ankle)
Toronto - Kyle Lowry (ass)