Game 3 Preview: Heat/Raptors

Let’s start with Game 2. The Heat, frankly, should have a 2-0 lead in this series. No excuses. But I will, however, give credit to Toronto for not giving up and taking advantage if the Heat turning the ball over 21 times. It was a tough game to see, especially since the Heat were given every opportunity to take control.

There are some high points though. The Heat have played pretty poorly thus far in this series, but it was a couple of key play at the end of game 1 that gave them the advantage. What that means to me is that the Heat have the ability to take control of this series. The Raptors forced over 20 turnovers in the first two games, but still had to really fight for that second win. I’m telling you guys, the Heat have a golden opportunity to steal this next game and do it in dominating fashion.

Why am I making this prediction? Because the Heat, I think, have figured out the Raptors. It’s not that hard. They rely on creating offense from their defense and then getting to the foul line. That works very well most of the time. But what if they face a team that squeezes the orange and tries not to foul? Ding ding ding, there you go Miami. All you need to do is take care of the ball better and the Raptors big calling card will be shot. Let’s remember, that after DeRozan, Lowry, and Valanciunas, the Raptors have no one (Terrence Ross is far too inconsistent) that can create offense. That means Wade, Johnson, and Dragic, the primary ball-handlers, will need to be careful and play smart while still putting pressure on defenders.

If the Raptors struggle as much as they did back home to pull one win out combined with Miami’s dominance in South Beach, then they have a ton of pressure on them. With that said, they will be playing to try and steal one, which means the Heat need to be focused and ready to come out and end it early. That’s the key, don’t let them get back in the game.



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