The Raptors look to pull off the upset and end the Heat’s ridiculous winning streak in the same place it began, while Miami looks to match the second longest win streak in NBA history.
Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas
Miami: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is out
Miami: No injuries to report
- It was in Toronto on Super Bowl Sunday that the Heat began this magical 21-game winning streak and the Raptors are just 9-10 over that same span, but the Raps did push the Heat into overtime in Miami and that aforementioned game in Toronto wasn’t really decided until the final portion of the fourth quarter, so fans at the ACC should expect a competitive game, regardless of the discrepancy in talent between the two teams.
- These are the kinds of games that can go a long way in creating some good will between the team/organization and the fans heading into next season if the Raptors can actually pull off the seemingly impossible and beat the Heat. How many times do you think Matt Devlin will mention it for the rest of the season? How many promos will it be used for as next season draws closer? To be honest, I wouldn’t blame them either, as a home win against the Heat to end this phenomenal Miami run would take some of the bitter taste from this season out of my mouth. Of course, having said all of that, a “moral” victory is far, far more likely than an actual victory this afternoon.