This is the end, my friends. It’s the last day of the NBA regular season and the Heat and Raptors are wrapping it up with a meaningless matchup at the Air Canada Centre. The Heat already have the second seed in the East locked up and it won’t matter if they lose tonight and the Lakers win to match their 57-win total because the Heat swept their season series. The Mavs could potentially match the Heat’s win total tonight and would have home court advantage in that case if the two teams met in the Finals, but I don’t know anyone who actually believes the Mavs have a realistic shot of making it to the finals.
I’ll be at this game as a guest of the magnanimous Raptorman so if you happen to see me, feel free to come say hello. I’ve got a cold, though, so you probably shouldn’t shake my hand.
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani, Reggie Evans, Amir Johnson, Jose Calderon, Sonny Weems, Martin Lewis, Leandro Barbosa and Linas Kleiza are all out.
Miami: Udonis Haslem is out while Mike Miller is questionable — which almost certainly means he’s out.
1. Which of the Raptors currently on the roster do you expect (or hope) to not be on the team next season?
2. Do you want Bryan Colangelo to address the Air Canada Centre crowd tonight?
3. If Colangelo does speak, will he receive louder boos than Chris Bosh?
4. Have you seen where TSNRadio1050.com redirects? LOL.
5. What would you like me to change about or add to these game threads next season?
Start time: 8:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed Davis, Zan Tabak
Miami: Mario Chalmers, James Jones, Juwan Howard, Joel Anthony, Maverick Carter
For our final pregame song of the season, I figured since we’re playing the Miami Heat I’d pull a track from the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack. Let’s go with “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx. Don’t even try to act like this song doesn’t rock.