New union president C.J. McCollum calls out Heat pulling Kendrick Nunn’s qualifying offer — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

This is the system players agreed to.

New union president C.J. McCollum calls out Heat pulling Kendrick Nunn’s qualifying offer — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Raptors’ Masai Ujiri: ‘It’s incredible how every NBA team has a deal done by 6:02’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The NBA is investigating the Raptors signing-and-trading Kyle Lowry to the Heat, a deal revealed just as free agency began.

Raptors’ Masai Ujiri: ‘It’s incredible how every NBA team has a deal done by 6:02’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Report: Heat will almost certainly be allowed to keep Kyle Lowry — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

In 2000, the NBA voided Joe Smith’s contract with the Timberwolves.

Report: Heat will almost certainly be allowed to keep Kyle Lowry — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

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