No one is expecting the Raptors to beat the Heat and end one of the most impressive runs in recent NBA history.
Stranger things, of course, have happened, but Toronto does nonetheless have a special place in Miami’s surge.
After all, the streak began at the Air Canada Centre on Super Bowl Sunday, a win that followed a loss in Indy two nights earlier, the last time Miami has suffered a setback.
To hear the Heat tell it, an impassioned speech delivered from Shane Battier on Super Bowl Sunday was the catalyst.
“I think the biggest thing for our team was watching the Super Bowl and getting away from basketball in a sense and just enjoying each other,’’ Dwyane Wade told reporters when Miami made a stop in Milwaukee on Friday, D-Wade’s former NCAA home. “We got the famous speech from Shane Battier and we’ve been rolling ever since.’’
One-time Raptors franchise player Chris Bosh relished Battier’s words and the time his Heat team spent together.