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.
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.
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
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.