It was my no means the game — there was still a full half to play — but the final 27 seconds of the first half of Tuesday’s Miami-Toronto tilt pretty much summed up where the Heat are and where the Raptors would like to get.
The Raptors held a one-point lead on the Heat, having been up by as many as 11 earlier in the game. With about a nine-second differential on the shot clock and the game clock, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey wisely called a timeout.
The Raptors came out and the Heat simply refused to let them run the play they wanted, ending predictably in an off-balance prayer three from DeRozan that had no prayer.
Then it got worse.
With about seven seconds to go, the Heat went down the court and, with one pass, had Mario Chalmers spotted wide open at the top of the arc for a three that gave the Heat a two-point lead heading into the locker room.