The Raptors almost made it through the holiday season intact. They’re still down Jonas Valanciunas of course, but this morning’s reports suggested both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka were good to go. For tonight’s game against the tiresome Heat, Toronto would have been happy to have every man available. So would we.
Sadly, that appears to not be the case. Ibaka looks indeed ready to go, but Lowry is still out with a sore back. It’s not entirely the best news, even if it means just a bit more rest for the Raptors’ star point guard. Speaking of which, Kawhi Leonard has now been off since his evening of light work against the Cavaliers on Friday, so one would assume he’s fresh and ready to go by now. Likewise the rest of the Raptors’ roster — particularly a re-energized Norman Powell, and the Bench Mob, who have been rediscovering themselves as of late.
The Heat, for all their considerable efforts, are just 16-16 and look to be grinding out yet another tedious season that (sadly?) goes nowhere. They missed out on free agents in the summer, and they haven’t been able to swing a trade for any big name players (e.g. Jimmy Butler) as of yet. In the mean time, Josh Richardson puts up 18.5 points per game, Dwyane Wade continues his farewell tour, and the rest of the squad continues to find itself. Good luck, guys.
For our full preview, check out John Gaudes’ full Raps-Heat preview here. Below are the updated game details.
Now, let’s watch.
Where to Watch:
Sportsnet One, 7:30 PM EST
Toronto - Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka
Miami - Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, Rodney McGruder, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside
Toronto - Jonas Valanciunas (out - thumb dislocation), Kyle Lowry (doubtful - sore back)
Miami - Goran Dragic (out - knee), Dion Waiters (doubtful - ankle)