Bryn Forbes has huge game in Bucks’ series clinching win over Heat — Spartans Wire

[jwplayer oJWdEO9Y] Former Michigan State sharpshooter Bryn Forbes has played an integral role for the Milwaukee Bucks in this year’s NBA playoffs. Forbes has been in double figures the past three games, being a spark plug off the bench. The Milwaukee Bucks put away the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon, finishing off the first round […]

Bryn Forbes has huge game in Bucks’ series clinching win over Heat — Spartans Wire

Celtics fall two games behind Miami in 130-124 loss to Heat — Boston Herald

On a day meant to honor the late Tom Heinsohn, Marcus Smart, an all-NBA level defender, was given the first annual Tommy Award. Unfortunately his team was unable to honor the award with anything resembling the kind of defensive consistency or intensity Smart is known for. Instead, they increasingly look like play-in tournament fodder, with…

Celtics fall two games behind Miami in 130-124 loss to Heat — Boston Herald

RAPTORS AT HEAT PREGAME NOTES

INJURY REPORT 1:30 PM WEDNESDAY

TOR@MIA Miami Heat Bradley, Avery Out Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Strain
Dragic, Goran Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Herro, Tyler Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Hip; Contusion
Leonard, Meyers Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Surgery
Silva, Chris Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Hip Flexor; Strain
Vincent, Gabe Probable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness
Toronto Raptors Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way
Lowry, Kyle Probable Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Sprain

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors play the second of a back-to-back set Wednesday night when they visit the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. This marks the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Raptors and the Heat split consecutive games in Tampa in January. Toronto is 1-4 on the second
night of a back-to-back this season. This is the Raptors only home-road back-to-back in the first half.
Kyle Lowry missed his fourth straight game (Feb. 18-23), and seventh of the season, Tuesday vs. Philadelphia due to a left thumb sprain. Lowry injured the thumb in the first quarter Feb. 16 at Milwaukee. The Raptors are 6-1 this season without Lowry in the lineup and 18-3 dating back to the start of last season.
• After a 7-9 (.438) record in January, Toronto has responded with an 8-4 (.667) record in the month of February, including a 4-1 mark against the top-3 teams in the East Conference; Philadelphia (1-1), Brooklyn (1
-0) and Milwaukee (2-0). After tonight, the Raptors will have already faced Miami, Milwaukee and Philadelphia three times and play their third and final game against Boston on March 4. This season Toronto will
face Eastern Conference opponents three times and each opponent in the West twice.
• The Raptors outscored the Sixers 54-30 in the paint last night. Miami (40.2) and Toronto (40.6) currently rank first and second, respectively, in the NBA in points in the paint allowed. In their two meetings last month (Jan. 20-22), the Heat had the scoring advantage in the paint 82-64.
Pascal Siakam tallied 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 42 minutes Feb. 23 vs. Philadelphia. Siakam has now recorded at least five assists in a career-high six straight games (Feb. 14-23). He is averaging 6.3 assists and has a 3.45 assists-per-turnover ratio (38-to-11) during this stretch.
Norman Powell is averaging a career-high 17.3 points and shooting a career-best .426 (72-169) from three-point range this season. In February, Powell is averaging 21.8 points and has scored 20+ points eight times, including a season-high 31 points Feb. 19 at Minnesota.
Aron Baynes led the reserves with 11 points in 30 minutes yesterday against the Sixers. Baynes has now come off the bench in each of the last five games (Feb. 16-23), averaging 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Fred VanVleet recorded two steals and a career high-tying four blocks Feb. 23 vs. Philadelphia. VanVleet currently leads the NBA with 55 steals and has blocked 27 shots this season. He is one of just five players with 40+ steals and 25+ blocks, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo (40 stl, 41 blk), Robert Covington (45 stl, 31 blk), Matisse Thybulle (42 stl, 28 blk) and Andre Drummond (40 stl, 29 blk).
• For the first time since the 2012-13 season the Raptors will not have at least one all-star. Toronto had at least player selected for seven straight seasons, with two Raptors going each of the last five years.

Butler, Nunn lead Heat past depleted Lakers 96-94 in NBA Finals rematch — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Kendrick Nunn scored 27 points, and Jimmy Butler had 24 points and eight rebounds.

Butler, Nunn lead Heat past depleted Lakers 96-94 in NBA Finals rematch — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Steph Curry, Kent Bazemore lead Warriors to comeback win over Heat — East Bay Times

Despite Draymond Green being a late scratch and a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter, the Warriors fought, forced overtime and beat the Miami Heat, 120-112, Wednesday night at Chase Center. Shorthanded, the Warriors trailed most of the game. But they hung around and outscored Miami 21-9 in the final 8:40 of regulation as Kent…

Steph Curry, Kent Bazemore lead Warriors to comeback win over Heat — East Bay Times

Jazz get defensive to beat the Heat for seventh straight win, 112-94 — ABC4 Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Even on an unusually bad three-point shooting night, the Utah Jazz took care of business at home at Vivint Arena, beating the Miami Heat for its seventh straight win, 112-94. Utah has now won 18 out of its last 19, and improved the NBA’s best record to 22-5. On…

Jazz get defensive to beat the Heat for seventh straight win, 112-94 — ABC4 Utah

Jimmy Butler has triple-double, leads Heat past Rockets — The China Post, Taiwan

HOUSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler had a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and the Miami Heat overcame a slow start to beat the slumping Houston Rockets 101-94 on Thursday night.Miami won its fourth straight and handed Houston its fourth loss in a row.Butler had his first triple-double of the season and 10th overall. The Heat came close to having two players with triple-doubles, with Bam Adebayo finishing with 10 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists before fouling out with about a minute left.Miami trailed by 13 in the first half, but used a big run and great defense in the third to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter. They remained up by 12 after a dunk by Adebayo before Houston used a 9-0 run to get to 97-94 with less than a minute to go. The Heat missed two shots after that but got the rebound both times, with Butler grabbing the second one. He was fouled and made two free throws with 10 seconds to go and the Heat added two more free throws in the final seconds to secure the win. John Wall and Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 17 points each.Miami pushed the lead to 15 on a 3-pointer by Max Strus with about eight minutes to go before Houston used a 10-3 spurt, capped by a 3 from DeMarcus Cousins, to get within 88-80 three minutes later. A 3-pointer by John Wall got the Rockets within seven not long after that, but Miami scored the next five points to pull away again — 95-83. The Heat used a 12-0 run to take a 70-59 lead with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. They pushed the lead to 12 entering the fourth quarter after limiting Houston to just 10 points in the third. TIP-INSHeat: The team learned shortly before game time that Tyler Herro would not be available in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols, which would mean he either tested positive, had an inconclusive test or was flagged because contact tracing data suggested that he may have been exposed to someone else positive for COVID-19. The Heat were scheduled to fly to Salt Lake City later Thursday night for a game there Saturday against the Utah Jazz. It was not immediately clear if Herro would be cleared to fly with his team there, if he would remain behind in Houston, or return to Miami. If Herro is forced to stay behind, it might only mean they didn’t get a new test result back.Rockets: Christian Wood missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle. … Cousins had 16 points and 11 rebounds. UP NEXTHeat: Play the second game of a seven-game trip at Utah on Saturday. Rockets: Begin a three-game trip at New York on Saturday night. ___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Jimmy Butler has triple-double, leads Heat past Rockets — The China Post, Taiwan

Clippers Rally From 18 Points Down, Top Ailing Heat 109-105 — CBS Los Angeles

Actual ticketholders were back at a Miami Heat game for the first time since March. The Los Angeles Clippers had many of them deciding to leave early.

Clippers Rally From 18 Points Down, Top Ailing Heat 109-105 — CBS Los Angeles

RAPTORS-HEAT PREGAME NOTES

Injury report as of 5:30 p.m. Friday.

MIA@TOR

Miami Heat Bradley, Avery Out Health and Safety Protocols
Butler, Jimmy Out Health and Safety Protocols
Dragic, Goran Probable Injury/Illness – Right Foot; Contusion
Herro, Tyler Questionable Injury/Illness – Neck; Spasms
Leonard, Meyers Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Strain
Silva, Chris Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Hip Flexor; Strain
Vincent, Gabe Probable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness

Toronto Raptors Lowry, Kyle Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Foot; Soreness
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery; rehab
.Siakam, Pascal Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Soreness

Update: Siakam will play, Lowry will not.



• The Toronto Raptors conclude a five-game homestand (Jan. 14-22) Friday night when they host the Miami Heat at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Following Friday’s contest, the Raptors will play 11 of their next 15 games
on the road (Jan. 24 – Feb. 19). The stretch begins with a two-game “series” Sunday and Monday at Indiana – it’s the only series in the first half Toronto will play on back-to-back days.
• Kyle Lowry needs 14 points to join DeMar DeRozan (13,296) and Chris Bosh (10,275) as the only players in franchise history to score 10,000 career points. Golden State’s Steph Curry (16,812) and Klay Thompson (11,995), Portland’s Damian Lillard (15,281), Washington’s Bradley Beal (11,774) and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (10,955) are the only active players with 10,000 points with their current team. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in three-pointer made (1,424), assists (4,031) and steals (841).
Fred VanVleet has made at least one three-pointer in a franchise record 46 consecutive games (Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 20, 2021), passing the previous record of 38 games set by C.J. Miles (Dec. 10, 2017 – March 15, 2018). VanVleet and Kyle Lowry lead the Raptors with 47 and 37 three-point field goals, respectively,
this season. The duo has combined to shoot .362 (84-for-232) from beyond the arc through 14 games.
OG Anunoby has matched a career high with six consecutive games (Jan. 10-20) of at least 10 points. He is averaging 15.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists during this stretch, which includes an 18-point performance Jan. 20 vs. Miami. Anunoby is shooting .478 (32-67) from the field, and leads the Raptors with
19 three-point field goals, over the last six games. The last time Anunoby had six straight double-figure scoring games was Feb. 25 – Mar. 8, 2020.
• The Raptors rank second in the NBA, behind Philadelphia (16.8), averaging 16.6 fast-break points. Toronto has finished with double-digit fast-break points in 12-of-14 games, including four games with 20 or more.
Chris Boucher has scored 15+ points in eight games this season, something he did seven times in 62 contests in 2019-20. Boucher currently ranks fourth among reserves in the NBA (min. 10 games off bench) averaging 15.5 points – behind Jordan Clarkson (17.6), Shake Milton (16.2) and Terrence Ross (15.8).
Kyle Lowry collected a season-high 10 rebounds Wednesday against the Heat. Lowry has now grabbed 5+ rebounds in his last 11 games played (Dec. 29 – Jan. 20), one game shy of his career high. Lowry recorded at least five boards in 12 consecutive games Nov. 14 – Dec. 10, 2017. Over his last 11 games, Lowry is averaging a team-high 7.6 rebounds and led the Raptors on the glass three times.
• The start time for Sunday’s game at Indiana is now 1 p.m. not 3:30 p.m. Sportsnet will still broadcast the game and it will remain televised on NBA TV in the U.S. TSN 1050 Toronto will carry the game on radio.
• The Raptors waived centre Alex Len on Tuesday. Len appeared in seven games (two starts) this season, averaging 2.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 10.8 minutes.


Raptors-Heat pregame notes

TEAM NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors continue a five-game homestand (Jan. 14-22) Wednesday night when they host the Miami Heat at Amalie Arena in Tampa. The Raptors have won three in a row. Toronto and Miami will also
play each other Friday as part of the NBA’s “series” model aimed to reduce travel this season. The Raptors swept their first “series” last week vs. Charlotte. Toronto is scheduled to play three more “series” in the first
half: Jan. 24-25 at Indiana, Feb. 16 & Feb. 18 at Milwaukee and Feb. 21 & Feb. 23 vs. Philadelphia.
Kyle Lowry needs 22 points to join DeMar DeRozan (13,296) and Chris Bosh (10,275) as the only players in franchise history to score 10,000 career points. Golden State’s Steph Curry (16,786) and Klay Thompson (11,995), Portland’s Damian Lillard (15,281), Washington’s Bradley Beal (11,774) and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (10,955) are the only active players with 10,000 points with their current team. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in three-pointer made (1,423), assists (4,024) and steals (840).
Fred VanVleet has made at least one three-pointer in a franchise record 45 consecutive games (Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 18, 2021), passing the previous record of 38 games set by C.J. Miles (Dec. 10, 2017 – Mar. 15, 2018). VanVleet and Kyle Lowry lead the Raptors with 44 and 36 three-point field goals, respectively, this season. The duo has combined to shoot .374 (80-for-214) from beyond the arc through 13 games.
• During Toronto’s win Monday night vs. Dallas, the Raptors held the Mavericks to zero fast-break points. It was the first time Toronto held an opponent without a fast-break point since Oct. 30, 2017 at Portland. The
Raptors currently rank sixth in the NBA holding opponents to 8.7 fast-break points per game. On the offensive end, Toronto leads the NBA averaging 17.1 fast-break points. Kyle Lowry is averaging a team-high 5.3 points on the fast-break this season.
• Toronto’s bench has contributed 52.7 points and 18.3 rebounds during the team’s current three-game winning streak, including 55 points each of the last two games (Jan. 16-18). Chris Boucher, Norman Powell and Stanley Johnson have combined to average 45.3 points over the last three contests, shooting .586 (44-75) from the field, .475 (19-40) from three-point range and .852 (29-34) at the free throw line. The trio has also combined for 47 rebounds and 11 blocks during this stretch.
Chris Boucher scored 21 points Monday vs. the Mavericks. Boucher has now tied the franchise record for consecutive 15-point games off the bench with six (Jan. 8-18). He’s just the fourth Raptor to accomplish this feat, joining Jalen Rose, Lou Williams (twice), and most recently, Norman Powell (Jan. 15-24, 2020). Boucher has scored 15+ points eight times overall, already surpassing last season’s total of seven games. He is averaging team highs of 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks over the last six games
(Jan. 8-18) with three double-doubles.
• The Raptors waived centre Alex Len on Tuesday. Len appeared in seven games this season