The Heat lost to the Pelicans, although they were without Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic. The Raptors have a pair of wins against the Hornets to start their preseason. Both these teams are looking to make some final decisions and tune-ups before the regular season begins next week.
Miami may showcase BJ Johnson and Max Strus, even more, to decide which one of these players to offer a two-way contract to and which one to waive. But regardless, this is a game to continue to find some rhythm and work in some new players into the rotation.
Fred VanVleet will be the biggest problem for the Heat to start — and how Miami defends Pascal Siakim will need some clarity. Win or lose doesn’t matter, what we are looking for is good habits and a good flow offensively.
And...we hope to see Jimmy Butler back out there!
HEAT VS RAPTORS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 AT 7 PM.
- Patrick McCaw (knee), Day to Day
- Kyle Lowry, Day to Day
|Marcus Smart||PG||Kyle Lowry|
|Jaylen Brown||SG||Max Strus|
|Jayson Tatum||SF||Jimmy Butler|
|Al Horford||PF||PJ Tucker|
|Robert Williams III||C||Bam Adebayo|
TV: FOX SPORTS SUN
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)
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