Bam Adebayo was on fire at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday as he helped Miami Heat to 90-89 victory over the Raptors. Harrison Barnes and Yogi Ferrell scored 15 points apiece, and J.J. Barea had 12 assists and eight points. Toronto didn't break, though as Serge Ibaka hit a three-pointer and Toronto never trailed again. His tremendous play has brought the Raptors' franchise back to relevance, especially since the team is the second best in the Eastern Conference with a 27-10 record. He will be reevaluated on Tuesday. The 31-year-old dynamo is not scoring in the neighborhood he inhabited the previous two seasons, entering Monday's game averaging just 16.2 points per night. The last two games were come-from-behind attempts by the Nets that both came down to the wire and were decided by one possession. Although coach Kenny Atkinson called DeRozan "an All-Star player having a great year" before the game, he expressed hope the Nets' recently improved defense might hold up this time around. The Raptors are on a back-to-back and had to travel back home, plus now likely without their point guard.
The Raptors have been one of the best home teams in the league this season, going 14-2 straight up (9-7 ATS).
Busy week: This is a jam-packed week for Toronto. As a team, the Cavs shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 38 from the three-point line but this game was over before halftime as the Timberwolves dominated the first half by 69-42 to put the game out of reach early.
I get into all of that in this PBT Extra, but the Raptors can start to answer that question Thursday night on national television when they take on Cleveland.
In games where they allow below 100 points, Brooklyn is 10-1 and Toronto is 11-3. He also made his presence felt in the paint in a big way, swiping six of Toronto's 12 blocked shots.
Instead, Brooklyn's leader in Dinwiddie willed a team comeback, even though the result did not skew positive. Lowry tops in assists (7.0) while Ibaka averages 1.6 blocks per game.
Casey, like most competent modern National Basketball Association coaches, has tried to stagger sitting his star players so that at least one of them is on the floor at all times. The Miami Heat have the stats to back it up.