The Miami Heat were coming off a terrible performance against the Boston Celtics on Monday night as they would then head to Toronto to face the Raptors. Albeit without their best player in Jimmy Butler on Monday night, the Miami Heat still looked putrid in a 30 point blowout to Boston.
They would get Jimmy Butler and P.J. Tucker back for Tuesday night’s contest and it would immediately pay off.
The Miami Heat came out and looked like the fresher team of the two, perhaps being that those two key aforementioned guys had received the previous night off, getting out to a good start over the Toronto team.
The Miami Heat would find themselves up 15 or so points at one point in the game, only to allow the Toronto Raptors to walk them back down and win the game. What makes it more disappointing is the fact that they could have made this a victory on a night where Bam Adebayo had one of his better career games.
The Miami Heat had a decent lead in Toronto, but no lead is safe with those dudes. That would prove to be exactly true too, as the Heat would lose, 110-106.
Just a night after only taking 11 field goal attempts in Boston, Adebayo proceeded to go for 32 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists on 13-17 shots and 0-1 from three. The three-point attempt is very noteworthy here and though he missed his lone attempt, he took one!
That is something you wouldn’t mind seeing from him more often, at least one attempt from range per game. Even if he misses a few of them, the mere fact that he’s taking them would make the defense have to react more sternly to it, thus opening up even more lanes for him to be creative.
As far as this contest itself, it’s all about the opponent. At full tilt, meaning with Kyle Lowry in the lineup, this Miami Heat team should beat Toronto more than they don’t.
Even when he’s going though, this is a tough matchup for this Heat team. The teams just always play each other in a tough, gritty, and hard fashion.
All you can do is keep working and hope to get Kyle Lowry back soon, once he feels right enough to return, and that should be enough to still have a shot at the ultimate goal for the season. The Miami Heat will be back Thursday in San Antonio, somewhere they should be able to bounce back nicely.