More Than Just a Win on The Line For Miami Heat Today vs Toronto Raptors

By Daniel Carpio
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are a little upset that they won’t enjoy watching Super Bowl XLVII, but there are important matters that have to be taken care of first.

The Heat are finishing their four-game road trip today at Air Canada Centre facing the Toronto Raptors in a game that has more on the line than just a victory.

Miami is coming off a loss to the Indiana Pacers where they were once again dominated in the paint and in rebounding. Despite LeBron James and Dwyane Wade having good games, it wasn’t enough against a Pacers team that was physical. Chris Bosh had a frustrating game that saw him being on the bench for much of the second quarter due to foul trouble. The Heat ‘Big 3’ hope to bounce back today with a good effort to pull the team’s road record this season back to above .500.

The Heat will be facing a new look Raptor team with the addition of Rudy Gay, who was acquired by Toronto from the Memphis Grizzlies. Gay had a strong debut in Toronto with a blowout win over the Los Angeles Clippers and will make his first start as Raptor today with Landry Fields being ruled out due to injury.

The game has more on the line for the Heat than just finishing the road trip even. If Miami wins today head coach Erik Spoelstra will join James, Wade, and Bosh at the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston on February 17 as the coach of the Eastern Conference. Should the Heat lose the honor will go to Mike Woodson of the New York Knicks.

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