Donyell in question

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

After taking Sunday off, the Raptors practised yesterday at LaSalle High School in the Miami area. The Raptors will take on the mighty Heat this evening, then will travel north for a game against the Orlando Magic tomorrow.

Forward Donyell Marshall's status for the game tonight remains questionable. He played only four minutes in the Raptors' win against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday because his previously sore lower back seized up again. He'll continue to get treatment today and likely will be a game-time decision.

CHILDS' CHILD?

Heat players and coaches yesterday were asked a lot of questions about the dying seconds of their loss to the expansion Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.

With 4.1 seconds to go, Heat guard Dwyane Wade was at the free-throw line. He made the first shot, which left Miami down by two points. He then missed the second shot intentionally, as he had been told to do. And he grabbed the rebound, too. But instead of driving to the basket for a potential two-pointer and a tie game, Wade sprinted to the corner and attempted a three-point shot that missed as time expired.

"I'm a competitor, but at the same time, you move on from good things and you move on from bad things," Wade said. "I've had a day to think about it. I came in with a fresh mind and I'm ready for Toronto."

Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said he did not dwell on the issue with Wade yesterday.

"I talked to him in the locker room (on Saturday) -- I mean, it is what it is," Van Gundy said. "It's pretty simple. There's no discussion to have. You have to know the situation, time and score. (Wade) knew he was missing the free-throw, he just got confused on the score. What am I going to do, walk in here and yell and scream again? He knows what he did wrong."

Raptors fan will recall how guard Chris Childs got the score mixed up in the dying seconds of a series-deciding playoff game against the Detroit Pistons in 2002. Thinking the Raptors were down by four points, Childs tried to get fouled as he tossed up a wild two-point attempt with 4.9 seconds to go. In reality, the Raptors were down by only three.


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