Miami Heat dancers

The lovely ladies in this photo are the Miami Heat dancers, widely acknowledged to be the hottest NBA dance team. I’ve posted that photo both to inject a ray of sunshine into this dreary Raptors season and to perhaps give you a reason to watch today’s game. It’s hard to argue that the Raptors are giving their fans a compelling reason to watch them these days.

As for the Heat, they’re certainly giving their fans no shortage of interesting drama — they’ve got to be the most bipolar team in the NBA. Before their current four-game losing streak, they’d won 21 of their last 22 games. I think it’s safe to say that the Heat will not be a post-season threat unless all three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are healthy throughout the playoffs.

Injury report

Toronto: Joey Dorsey hurt his knee last night so he’s questionable for tonight’s game. Leandro Barbosa and Sonny Weems are both still out.

Miami: The Heat are a little short on power forwards at the moment with both Bosh and Udonis Haslem on the shelf.

Five questions

1. If the Raptors get blown out again like they did last night, will Triano still have a job when the Raptors return to Toronto after tonight?

2. Do you think the Raptors would be better off if P.J. Carlesimo was head coach?

3. Speaking of coaches in turmoil, do you think Erik Spoelstra is going to last the season?

4. If Spoelstra does get fired, would you take him over Triano and Carlesimo to coach the Raptors?

5. How unbalanced is the Heat’s roster? LeBron, Wade and Bosh each have Player Efficiency Ratings (PER) over 20 while the fourth best PER on the Heat is Eddie House at 13.3.

Start time: 7:30 PM ET
Channel: TSN2
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Linas Kleiza, Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani
Miami: Carlos Arroyo, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas

We may not get to jeer at Bosh on the court tonight, but we can still enjoy this modern classic at his expense for our pregame song.

Comments (6)

  1. Why would the Raptors fire Jay Triano? They play hard most nights. Aren’t the Raptors exactly what you thought they would be? A 25 win team. Stay the course, get lucky in the lottery and move on.

  2. I totally agree. Fire Triano call outs are completely unwarrented. The team is too young and inexperienced. Not a coach in the league can change that.

  3. I agree I don’t see the point in firing Triano. To me, that would be bailing the players out by saying it wasn’t their fault. And as has been mentioned, the majority of the Raptors do play hard most games. It’s not Triano’s fault he was given a team without a lot of talent.

    Besides, having Carlesimo as head coach would kill Bargnani’s trade value because he would end up curling up into the fetal position after a couple of weeks of abuse from him.

  4. It’s hard to believe that Jay Triano has been with the Raptors for 9 years. The dude is a fucking cockroach.

  5. I don’t think Triano deserves to get fired because the roster he has is mostly junk and winning isn’t the point this season. That said, I don’t think he’s an NBA head coach and I hope next season starts without him and Bargnani on this team.

  6. triano is a straw man. a placeholder. it’s a shame that our GM never gave our team a chance by hiring a battletested coach. We might have been able to gel the team along a defensive path instead of this garbage that we’re seeing now. by any standard of measurement the coach and management have failed the fanbase. period.

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