The Miami Heat have enjoyed a good five days off with a couple of practices, a local parade and a karaoke night for charity. All good things must come to an end though.
The Heat head back to American Airlines Arena tonight to face the Toronto Raptors in the first of a two-game home stand before hitting the road once again.
Miami is coming into tonight after splitting their longest road trip so far this season with a 3-3 record. In the last two games of that road trip, the Heat seemed to start to get their defense back on track, while still getting beat on the rebounding front. Luckily for Miami, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade didn’t miss a a beat on both ends of the floor. Chris Bosh wasn’t able to get in a consistent rhythm on the road trip, but that might change tonight with his old team in the building.
Tonight might also be the Heat debut of their latest big-man acquisition in Chris Andersen. Even though he is signed to a ten-day contract, all the signals that head coach Erik Spoelstra is sending tell that Andersen, nicknamed the ‘Birdman,’ will likely remain in Miami for the remainder of the season. The team will take it easy with Andersen since he has been out of the NBA since the Denver Nuggets waived him. If he does play tonight it will be very limited minutes.
The Heat also hope to grow their lead for first place in the Eastern Conference which is currently at one and half games.