On the final day of the regular season, The Miami Heat will play their final game before the playoffs begin when they head north of the border to Canada to face the Toronto Raptors. This game will be a great opportunity for the Heat's reserve players to get some playing time and have a nice ‘warm up' before the playoffs begin this weekend.
Erik Spoelstra is expected to rest most of his regular players as Miami clinched the #2 seed with their win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. With Dwyane Wade, Mike Miller and Erick Dampier already a bit banged up, a little extra rest could be just what the doctor ordered. That probably means more playing time for guys like Eddie House, Jamaal Magloire and maybe even Dexter Pittman.
Toronto played their last game without many of their regulars, using just 8 players in a loss to Milwaukee on Monday. Raptors coach Jay Triano was without Leandro Barbosa, Reggie Evans, Amir Johnson, Sonny Weems, Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Linas Kleiza, and its uncertain if any of them will be available to play tonight against Miami.
- Miami is 3-0 against Toronto this season, winning each game by an average of 11.4 points.
- The Heat has also won 4 in a row and 6 of their last 8 against Toronto.
- A loss would guarantee the Raptors the 3rd worst record in the NBA, and more importantly to them the 3rd seed in the NBA Draft Lottery.
- The Heat has won 14 of their last 17 games while Toronto has lost 10 of their last 12.
- A win would give Miami 58 wins, the most since going 59-23 back in 2004-05.
- Udonis Haslem (foot) is out for Miami while Mile Miller (thumb, ankle) is questionable.
- The Raptors injured list is a bit longer. Sonny Weems (knee) is questionable while Linas Kleiza (knee), Leandro Barbosa (finger), Andrea Bargnani (ankle), Jose Calderon (hamstring), Reggie Evans (finger) and Amir Johnson (ankle) are all out for Toronto.
Tipoff from the Air Canada Centre is set for 8pm. Lets Go Heat!