Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Aaron Gray
Miami: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is still out.
Miami: No injuries reported.
I’m not going to lie to you. I’m only watching this game until it gets out of hand and then I’m getting the oil changed in my car before I pick up some beer for tonight. The Heat are 10-2 at home this season, although one of those losses was to the Bucks so it’s not inconceivable for them to lose to an inferior squad in Miami. Of course, Wade didn’t play in that game and he’s active today so… yeah, we’re screwed.
Matt Devlin confirmed that the Raptors will send out the same lineup that they used in their win over the Wizards on Friday, which I like because I want Jerryd Bayless to get as much playing time this season as possible so that we can figure out what to do with him. I mean, no disrespect to Jose Calderon, but I think everyone has him figured out by this point. Bayless is a bit of an enigma, plus he seems to perform better when he starts so let’s just keep rolling him out there.
As always when these two teams meet, the matchups to watch for are Chris Bosh vs. Amir Johnson and Ed Davis. In his two previous games against his former squad, Bosh averaged 18.5 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Note: No recap for this game since Joseph and I have, well… we have better things to do today. I’ll apologize tomorrow if the Raptors improbably win this game.
Since Super Bowl Sunday is like America’s Second Christmas, here’s a classic monologue about the U.S. of A. by Bruce McCulloch.