Posted by: Jeremy | December 15, 2009

Gameday: Raptors-Heat


DeRozan will have his hands full with D-Wade tonight

Home or away, the Raptors always seem to get the best of Dwyane Wade and his cast of misfits these days. A couple weeks after a tight win over the Heat at the ACC, Toronto is in Miami tonight for a grudge match, looking to make it 113 straight against the South Floridians. As usual, check in with my boys at Raptors Republic for all the goods.

Miami got off to a hot start this season but now finds itself at 11-11, fresh off an embarrassing 118-90 home loss to Memphis on Sunday, which I believe was the Grizzlies’ first road win in about six years. As in past years, as Wade goes, the Heat go. Michael Beasley is starting play well, but Miami still doesn’t have much in the way of depth, and with apologies to Jermaine O’Neal, I’ve witnessed first-hand that he’s not exactly the type that turns a team into an instant contender anymore. Miami’s bench is weak too — Udonis Haslem provides a bit of muscle but there isn’t much in the way of an offensive spark, or at least one that can shoot straight. If the Raps can keep Wade from scoring 100 points, this one is certainly winnable.

Toronto, meanwhile, is looking to make it two straight after a comfortable win over Houston on Sunday. Hedo Turkoglu was big in that game, and I don’t think it’s too much to ask him to come up with another good effort tonight. Jarrett Jack will get another start at the point in place of Jose Calderon, who’s still nursing a hip injury that’ll probably plague him all season, if we learned anything from last year.

The Raptors and Heat tip at 7:30.

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