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GAME PREVIEW: Heat visit Raptors in Tampa for Preseason finale

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The Miami Heat will wrap up their preseason schedule when they visit the Raptors in Tampa on Friday night.

New Orleans Pelicans v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat are finishing up their preseason when they visit the Toronto Raptors across the state in Tampa.

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.

INJURIES

MIAMI: N/A
TORONTO:

  • Patrick McCaw (knee), Day to Day
  • Kyle Lowry, Day to Day

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Magic Position Heat
Magic Position Heat
Cole Anthony PG Kyle Lowry
Jalen Suggs SG Duncan Robinson
Franz Wagner SF Jimmy Butler
Wendell Carter Jr. PF PJ Tucker
Mo Bamba C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

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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