Miami Heat 105 Final

Recap | Box Score

83 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 37 MIN | 9-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 18 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -10Hopefully that ding he took at the end of the game isn’t anything serious, because this guy is the glue that holds the Raps together. Mobile bigs can hurt the Heat, and they had no answer for him on the glass. At one point in the 3rd quarter, he had as many rebounds as Miami by himself.
Rudy Gay, SF 37 MIN | 11-20 FG | 3-3 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | -16Definitely came to play tonight, but his over-reliance on long jumpers just isn’t a sustainable way to get your points. When they’re going down, though, like they were in the 3rd quarter, it sure is nice to watch.
Jonas Valanciunas, C 29 MIN | 7-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | -8Get this kid more touches. He torched Haslem in the post with a variety of nice moves in the first half, and he should have had a chance to do it far more often when the game was still up for grabs (a lot of his points came in garbage time in the 4th). Had a tough time figuring out when to guard Chris Bosh for the shot or the drive, but he’s a rookie, he’ll figure it out, etc., etc.
Kyle Lowry, PG 29 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -15The box score says only 2 turnovers, but it sure felt like more than that. Just couldn’t get it going early and began to force pretty much everything as the game went along – passes, shots, you name it. It’s a shame, because the Raps could have really used his floor spacing (the team went 2-20 from 3 on the game).
DeMar DeRozan, SG 37 MIN | 5-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | -16Was beyond invisible in the first half (2 points in 19 minutes?) but did his best to assert himself in the 3rd, salvaging his box score a bit with a versatile offensive game. I like the fact that he tried to push the ball to the hoop when his shot wasn’t falling, but he fell in love with his jumper again far too quickly once a few went down. Like Rudy, if they’re going down, they can get you back in the game, but they’re not going to win it for you.
Landry Fields, SF 9 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6His jumper’s starting to look a bit less broken, which is a nice positive to take away from the game. Didn’t play many minutes and got overpowered by LeBron on defense, to nobody’s surprise.
John Lucas, PG 9 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1Was brought in in the second half to try and infuse some offense into the bench unit after Bassy was ineffective in the first, but couldn’t get his shot going. That said, when you’re relying on John Lucas to balance your bench scoring, you know it’s been a rough night. Was the only Raptor to have a positive plus/minus on the night, for what that’s worth.
Sebastian Telfair, PG 7 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8He came, he saw, he got relegated to the 3rd on the point guard depth chart.
Alan Anderson, SG 11 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -12I was pretty happy with his defense tonight, but he was beyond ineffective on offense, finishing one lone rebound away from the dreaded “straight zero” box score line.
Terrence Ross, SG 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -15A real learning experience for him. Made some great decisions with the ball, including a beautiful drop-off pass to Amir Johnson late in the 3rd, and didn’t settle for jumpers, which was great to see. Had some real trouble checking James and Wade on defense (of course), but he continued to hang in there and push the action while he was out there. Casey’s been giving him a lot more rope lately, and he earned his minutes tonight.
Dwane CaseyGave the starters lots of run with a break in the schedule coming up, gave the rookies a bigger share of the offensive responsibility, made the switch from Telfair to Lucas at the right time, and ultimately helped keep the Raps in the game until the heat ran away in the fourth, which is ultimately all anyone could have expected. Sure, the Raps got blown out, but it wasn’t because of Casey’s decision making. The Heat are just REALLY good.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Crazy stat of the game number 1: The Heat had 26 rebounds on the night. Amir Johnson had 18 all by his lonesome.
  2. Crazy stat of the game number 2. The Raps went 2 for 20 from behind the 3 point arc. Chris Bosh went 2 for 3.
  3. Crazy stat of the game number 3: The Heat have now won an incredible 22 consecutive games, and they made this one look almost as pedestrian as a 17 point win could ever look. It’s truly amazing to watch these guys turn the level up a notch when they need to. Enjoy this while you can – you’re watching part of NBA history.
  • Colonel_Hapablapp

    Good thing about St.Patrick’s Day is I have a legitimate excuse to drink till I can forget about this game.

    Once again, Johnson is a beast; but why did we trot out 3 guards and 2 forwards in the 4th? Why not give Jonas some run time in the 4th? Was buying the Kool-Aid after 3 quarters, and then we blew it. Telfair blows. No sense of working the clock. Glad he got benched.

  • Mopola

    It looked like that the bottom of the Terrence Ross’s shoes was spread with butter or rook is too quick for the “friction force”, he was slipping all game, but I hope this game lets DC to realize who of Ross and AA should be the first wing off the bench :)

    • mountio

      I sure as hell hope so. It was pretty clear all along that our first round draft pick (8th overall in a loaded draft) should be getting time over a career d-leaguer. Glad that Casey finally got the memo.
      When TR has had consistent minutes, hes showed a lot of promise, including today, where he got into the lane and made some nice plays. Unlike DD, this guy isnt afraid to take the ball strong to the hoop.

      • ckh26

        Ross is listed at 197 LBS.. He needs to follow Amir to the weight room this summer and if he can another 10LBs of muscle it should give him the confidence to go inside as the first option. Like his shot and if he spends the morning in the weight room then the afternoon is spent shooting J’s.

        • Roarque

          He’s 22 and should be filled out already.But the weight room is still a good idea – for all of them. Check out the body definition on the five Miami starter. That’s commitment bulging out!

          • FAQ

            Nope, all that bulging on the Miami starters is because of “the juice”… soooo obvious.

            • Roarque

              What’s “the juice”? You mean steroids? Why would they use steroids? I see Bosh as MUCH smaller than when he was last in a Raptors uniform. Miami would be nuts to condone this since they want a legacy team and if the steroid rumour was true, they’d be tried and convicted in the court of public opinion and never get into the Hall of Fame.

  • Casey Sherman

    You gotta give Rudy Gay an A. 26 points on airtight shooting after 3. Come on, son, he and Amir were the only reasons this game was close heading into the fourth.

    • mountio

      agree with this .. through 3 quarters, Gay cant play any better than he did. He was very, very good. Agree with the comment that he relies on the long J too much .. but whens hes hitting it like he was (and playing D and getting to the hoop) .. hes damn good.

      • Roarque

        Me too.

    • p00ka

      how come he didn’t score in the 4th quarter then if he’s so bloody good?

  • tmk

    I think I just genuinely don’t like Alan Anderson, but he should have got an F. I’m pretty sure it was the first possession after he came in and the first thing he does is catch the ball, shake off an aggressive double-team, and chuck up an air-ball three with like 20 seconds left on the shot-clock.

    I know this season doesn’t matter anymore and it wasn’t as if we were going to beat the Heat, but I really hope we don’t resign the guy. Ya sure, he has his moments, but honestly, you can probably sign any shooter and he’ll produce the same way if you give him the same amount of minutes and freedom to chuck. At least if Ross chucks I can get behind the notion of ‘developing’ him. Anderson just takes minutes and shots away for no reason.

    • Agreed

      This so hard. His defence is not particularly great. His playmaking is not notable. He’s shooting 38%, numbers don’t lie, he’s not efficient. You said it best – he’ll have moments but any shooter will (I think you can generalize to any freaking person in the NBA). I find it hard to see what Casey sees in him at all other than his size. I’d rather take each and every single one of Anderson’s minutes and give it to Valenciunas (if Anderson is at the 4) or Ross (If Anderson is at the 2/3). I get this terrible feeling every time I see him hoist a 3, make or miss (usually miss), at this point.

    • Roarque

      Strangely Alan was mentioning to me that he really doesn’t like you either. What a coincidence!

  • RapCity

    It’s sad when cole outplayed Lowry …
    I think if Lowry masters the lob pass there’s no reason we can’t be lob city east

  • Josh Parsons

    Cut Alan Anderson! He kills the ball movement, low basketball IQ and takes ridiculous forced shots. I have had enough of this guy

    • Roarque

      If only we had the Heat’s Bench – heck, I’d tke the Heat Bench who actually didn’t play on Sunday!!

  • Leftovercrack

    Every time I see Lowry have a game like this I look at that lost first round pick and sigh

    • arsenalist

      I then look at what the Raptors have done with their first round picks and feel better.

      • leftovercrack

        touche. Mind you, JV will be good and Ross has potential though he’s no Drummond. Even if we landed in the 5-10 range this year we could have gotten an Otto Porter or a PG in Smart. Assuming Brian didn’t return to form and draft Gobert, that is

  • JHP

    I have not seen a lot of the Raptor’s this year. Watched the first half and the outcome was never in doubt. I personally think they should not extend BC another day, promote someone to acting GM and let things sit for a year or two. Ragging on one player or another is very counter productive.

  • j bean

    Wasn’t really believing a win was possible but when the game got tied after such a deep hole it was getting kinda exciting. That excitement lasted all of a couple of minutes. After a few missed Raptors shots taken early in the clock the Heat replied with an amazingly quick run that put the game out of reach.

    What I remain excited about is the improvement and potential for really good ball from the top seven. Is Amir cementing his position as a starting 4 or what.

    Kyle Lowry’s situation is puzzling to me. The spark and swagger we saw in him playing so well would make such a difference for this team. The backup pg’s can’t fill in at that high level so hopefully Coach Casey and him can work it out and get him back on track.

  • PlayRookiesHard

    If I’m not mistaken, I think T-Ross had 12pts, 5/10 FG 2/2 FT

    Not that it makes much of a difference in his grade.

  • rapfansarestupid

    we destroyed them on the glass,some players had big games and we still lost in an oh so familiar way.
    BLAME BARGS?………..fkn dummies.

  • Justsayin

    With the way Amir is playing, I’m just wondering if we cud package him with Andrea in the off season for Kevin Love…both Amir and bargs are still under contract whereas love is a risk to leave after next yr….Amir and bargs also replace what Minnesota wud b losing in love…as for love coming to t.o, it definitely gives him a better shot of what he’s been looking for which is to make the playoffs…..we then amnesty kleiza and pick up a veteran 4 to back up love …the contracts work

    • Sangaman

      Love would never see the ball. This team is doomed to mediocrity with “volume shooter” Rudy Gay as its main piece and ball hog Lowry as the point guard. Both are playing like they would rather be in Cleveland.

      • Justsayin

        Gay did come from a system where the 4 and 5 were primary options, it wud b like he never left Memphis lol