The Raptors will try to top an impressive win over the Clippers on Friday with an even bigger one against the defending champion Heat on Sunday.

Start time: 2:00 PM ET

Channel: TSN

Probable starting lineups

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray (Given Miami’s lack of a true centre -Anthony doesn’t play much- I’d really like to see DeRozan, Gay and Terrence Ross on the floor at the same time with Rudy playing the four)

Miami: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh

Injury report

Toronto: Andrea Bargnani will not play. Mickael Pietrus and Linas Kleiza are all listed as questionable

Miami: No injuries to report

Random Thoughts:

  • The Heat are 4.5-point favourites this afternoon, as they should be, but I really do see this as a potential upset in the making. The Raptors have played the Heat tough in the last couple of seasons, took them to overtime in Miami just a couple of weeks ago, have some momentum on their side with the city still buzzing from the Rudy Gay trade and the Heat have been generally inconsistent this season while going just 11-11 on the road. There’s no denying the difference in talent between the two teams and who should win, but if the Raptors are going to win one of their three mathcups with the Heat this season, it just feels like today would be that day.
  • A sellout crowd, LeBron, Bosh and Wade in town, plus the Raptors carrying that aforementioned momentum and buzz…expect an electric atmosphere inside the Air Canada Centre today.
  • The big question heading into this game is whether Andrea Bargnani will return to the lineup after missing nearly two months of action. While there have been jokes aplenty about Bargnani’s expected negative effect on the team’s performance, I’ll simply present the following stat without comment: In four games against the Heat since the Big Three got together, Bargnani is averaging over 28 points per game on 47.7 per cent shooting.
  • A couple of weekends ago when the Lakers were in town, we had P.K. Subban discussing his contract issues with Jose Calderon and Pau Gasol at a Spanish restaurant. With the Heat in town this weekend, we had LeBron James and Dwyane Wade partying with the Grey Cup. Centre Of The Universe I tell ya…
  • Since TV commercials become a talking point each year around the Super Bowl, I put together a post last year (the Raptors actually played the Heat in Miami last Super Bowl Sunday) looking back at some memorable Raptors commercials through the years. Since it’s that time of year again, here’s that post.

Just for fun, I’ll leave you with this…

Enjoy the game and have a great Super Bowl Sunday.

Comments (8)

  1. For fuck sakes, when is primo coming back? Sooo soft. Not that I wanna see him play, but raps are running out of games to showcase him for a trade.

  2. LBJ’s eyes looking kinda droopy in that grey cup pic. Hopefully he doesn’t get his beauty sleep and fails to pull out his usual legendary raptor performances

  3. Rudy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Ok, so it’s only half-way through the first quarter, but WHY is Aaron Gray tied for the team lead in shots?

    • At least two of those shots came on nice high-low feeds from Amir that were in the flow on offense. He might have gotten a shot off an offensive board as well. I don’t think they’re running plays for him.

  5. Sooo… they’re looking pretty good today. Or maybe just lucky. They’ll need some scoring help from the bench to keep it together in the second half. Nice work from both Demar and Rudy on offence, and Amir’s been all over the place.

  6. So did they miss Ed Davis’ defense?
    From the box score it looks like the team went small a bunch… and it didn’t work.
    Unless J.V. wasn’t feeling well, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t play him more than 5 minutes, especially with the team short on bigs. He can’t be that out of shape?
    There were some brutal shooting percentages, at least DD got to the line.

    Was Chalmers’ defense that good, or is Lowrey still off? not a good enough game from him.

    I’m also surprised Fields didn’t play, considering how poorly Anderson’s line was, and how well Miami was shooting.

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