Raptors not scared of Miami Heat

Jonas Valanciunas walks to the bench during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks November 2, 2013....

Jonas Valanciunas walks to the bench during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks November 2, 2013. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:50 PM ET

TORONTO - Say it enough times and you just might start to believe it.

The two-time defending NBA champions are just another team.

The Raptors and coach Dwane Casey have been repeating that mantra heading into Tuesday's tilt against the Miami Heat at the Air Canada Centre.

"It's another game, they're trying to find themselves, we're trying to find ourselves," point guard Kyle Lowry said. "We've just got to prepare and play our game plan."

Still, deep down, the Raptors know that it's not just another game and Miami's not just one of 29 other NBA teams.

Even struggling at 2-2 with a usually fearsome defence taking on water, Miami remains a juggernaut. Fewer pundits might have picked the Heat to win it all again this season, but Vegas still has them in front.

The unlucky Raptors get four dates with the Heat in 2013-14, just the second time in franchise history the defending title winners line up on the other side four times.


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