The NBA has slated two games on Super Bowl Sunday, the Raptors visiting Miami and the Celtics hosting the Grizzlies. The Raptor game starts at 1pm and the other one at noon, this means that all action should be wrapped up nicely by 3:30pm, leaving everyone to go to their respective big game parties with a head start on the hangovers.

The Heat are coming off a 20-point thumping of the Sixers, which LeBron James described as the “best game from start to finish” for the Heat all season. The win has Miami winning 6 of 7, and 9 of 11. Now that Wade is healthy again, they’ve found a new gear and are ready to…wait a minute…I don’t care. Miami is a good team, we all know that, the Raptors aren’t a good team which is also well known. That should sum up all the previewing there is for this one.

As is the case with every game this year, the measure of success is how competitive the Raptors will be. Some things to watch out for would be whether Casey has the cahones to start Bayless against Wade at the two, or whether it’ll be DeRozan. If he does start Bayless, then DeRozan gets shifted over to the three to guard and be guarded by LeBron James. In any case, DeRozan will be going up against a Hall-of-Famer. I’d like to see him respond by showing a pulse and a heartbeat, and not curling into the fetal position and launching a 21-footer with a crooked follow-through which hits the area between the rim and the backboard. Waiting for him to finally “wake up” is getting frustrating, the Nets game was nice but after he laid an egg against Joe Johnson, this might be a chance to remind everyone that you’re a candidate for the face of the franchise.

Chris Bosh will be checked by Amir Johnson if Gray gets the start again, and in the high likelihood of the Raptors losing this game, I’d like to at least see Amir have some good moments against Bosh, and ideally, stomp on his testicles. Now THAT would totally justify his contract. Honestly though, I’m over Bosh and speak of him only because we’re playing the Heat; every time he is mentioned my first reaction is regret. I regret that we wasted six years trying to build around a guy that everybody, even his staunchest supporters, knew wasn’t close to being good enough for a centerpiece. When Bosh himself finally admitted that by going to Miami, it validated all kinds of theories and feelings for people, and finally put to rest that this guy was a franchise player. That was the silver lining in the whole saga.

This game marks a return of sorts to Miami for Anthony Carter, Rasual Butler, and Jamaal Magloire. Carter played their for the first four years of his career, Butler played his first three years there, and Magloire played the previous three seasons in Miami. It’s the latter that I totally expect to get some run, and have some sort of a moment in this game. Whether it be him trying to act “tough” by launching an arrow to the knee of Bosh, or taking out LeBron on a drive, it’s going to happen. I’m sure when Magloire signed his deal in Toronto he had higher expectations of the team, and might have even pictured himself as the key veteran presence in a late-seed playoff team. Since water has been thrown on those dreams, it’s time for Plan B, which is basically to cause shit. And shit he shall cause, mark my words.

The line for this game has Miami laying a ridiculous 16 points. The only reason I’d even entertain this bet is that they could blow us out by the third and possibly rest their starters, which is when DeRozan would “explode” to cut the lead down to 15 and score me some money. Seriously man, you don’t see these kinds of lines every day in the NBA.

I’ll end with Amir Johnson:

“Somebody has to stay positive and keep a smile on their face, just to stay positive and keep playing. We have a lot of season left.”

Indeed, we have a lot of season left. Unfortunately. I can’t wait for the Jonas era to start, not because it’ll necessarily be better, but because it’ll be different, and right now different counts for good around these parts.

Enjoy the game…I mean the Super Bowl. For the Raptors, say a silent prayer so they come out of Miami with their heads held high.

  • CaseyDaMan

    “I’d like to at least see Amir have some good moments against Bosh, and
    ideally, stomp on his testicles. Now THAT would totally justify his
    contract.”

    “every time he is mentioned my first reaction is regret. I regret that
    we wasted six years trying to build around a guy that everybody, even
    his staunchest supporters, knew wasn’t close to being good enough for a
    centerpiece. When Bosh himself finally admitted that by going to Miami,
    it validated all kinds of theories and feelings for people, and finally
    put to rest that this guy was a franchise player.”

    “Whether it be him trying to act “tough” by launching an arrow to the knee of Bosh,”

    ” Honestly though, I’m over Bosh”

    lmao, honestly

    • What the

      pooka are you on drugs?

  • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

    Stop detracting on CB it’s really classless especially given the Raptors current state of affairs in relation to his current NBA situation- plus he played hard for more than 13 games & re-signed 1nce in the TDot.

    BC fucked up the Raptors- CB TPE Do you know me?

  • RRFan

    Yeah man Fuck Bosh!!!

    • Rob

      I second that notion, RuPaul/Avatar/Predator/Dinosaur/Ostrich was a waste of space on this team, too bad it took a while for management to realize it.

      Only good thing he brought to the organization is that he looks like a Raptor so he fit our team perfectly in that regard, he was a mascot and a player at the same time, that’s quite the accomplishment and what other player can say the same thing? 

      He’ll continue being that “other guy” on the Heat for the remainder of his ringless contract. 

      All in all though, Bosh isn’t worth any further discussion, he’s past news, time to turn the page.

  • Lorenzo

    No, what’s classless is doing exactly what Boshtrich did 19 months ago.

  • JHP

    Honestly see no way this game stays close.  Then the Raptors will rally in the 3/4 and will lose by say 12.  DD will get 16 points (10 in th second half) and we move on.  This is truly a game for the Heat to rest their starters.  Guess we can only hope no one gets hurt.

    • Matt52

      Valiant effort… unfortunately nothing here was correct.

  • 511

    I think about Chris Bosh from time to time. I’d be surprised if many Raptors fans didn’t. He was our best player – and best hope – for most of those years that he was a Raptor, after all, so, it’s probably natural to wonder how he’s doing – how he’s REALLY doing – with the seemingly joyless juggernaut that is the Miami Heat. Like, I wonder if, all things considered, he would rather have had the opportunity to help grow the Raptors into a contender instead of latching onto/helping to suddenly hatch a contender the way he’s done, in Miami? He’d probably not answer the question straight up, if posed, but I can easily imagine that he would’ve preferred to stay and do it that way if it looked like it might happen. Because as likely as it is that he’ll win a championship or two with the bunch he’s with at the moment, I sometimes doubt he’s enjoying the particular ride he’s on now as much as he (maybe) was and likely would have, had the Raptors grown along with him, complementing his skill-set as might’ve only happened in just the right way, in some perfect-world scenario that it would have to have taken, to eventually contend. Because, while it’s not totally incorrect to say — and some enjoy saying it more emphatically than others — that “he’s not a franchise player” … the truth (as I see it) is that while he’s not a Kobe or LeBron (and who is except them?), there were many nights as a Raptor and even now on occasion with the Heat, that he’s pretty damn close to it. 

    There are also the more obvious differences of who he is there compared to who he was, here. Here, he was a big fish in a smaller pond. There, the pond isn’t so much bigger, really, but he’s third on the totem pole behind D Wade and LeBron, monsters, pretty much, both. Here, he was loved and on the road, mostly respected for the player he was. There, he’s appreciated (I’m sure) but it can’t be anywhere near the same with the other two on the team … and on the road, he’s part of a group that is hated (or near enough) … and personally, he’s sometimes abused and even ridiculed (although I imagine that noise has lessened as time has gone by. But still). Maybe he just chalks it all up to ‘life in the big city’ … but even still, it wouldn’t surprise me if he had his wistful moments about it all. 

    I don’t like how he left now any more than I did when it happened, but I think I understand it better. I’d wager he does, as well. Meaning that, I figure he’d do a few things differently than he did, if he could go back for a do-over. 

    So personally, I still feel good for him when I see that somewhere out there he’s had a good game and really shown his stuff the way he did here way more often than not. 

    That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t jump up and down happily to see him get bounced around by one or two Raptors today. Especially if it meant something on the scoreboard. But I kind of doubt that’ll happen. Today, anyway.

  • Cal S

     “And shit he shall cause, mark my words.”F***ing priceless

  • Guy

    Awesome Skyrim reference, lol

  • minks77

    Well, they kept it close, had their chances and were beaten by a vastly superior team. Just the way I like ’em.

  • KJ-B

    Well, it seems like that DeRozan kid still has a little something left in the tank, huh?!  Talent is Talent–much like #7 last year, it’s pretty easy to underachieve on a low-level talented team that has been the Raps these last few years… 

    Hope, he keeps going to that rack and b4 u know, next season’s here and he’s got some major talent upgrade to help come ’12-13 at like a Harrison Barnes + JoVal… Let’s go Raps! Finish STRONG!!!!!!

  • sleepz

    Don’t blame Bosh for the team building. GM’s make those decisions not players. 

    Most good GM’s wouldn’t stop at trying to acquire talent to play around Bosh, instead they would try and acquire better talent than Bosh in order to continue to build a team that can compete at a high level.

    • CaseyDaMan

       Of course, it’s easy to acquire other better talent than a perennial all-star right. Damn BC, what’s wrong with the guy? It’s easy to go out there and get what you want. Just have to try.

  • guest1

    That is a great picture of whatever kind of rodent that is.