Heat vs. Raptors Preview & Pod

Heat vs. Raptors Preview & Pod
Mike Gallagher previews the Heat vs. Raptors matchup. Also, today's podcast is at the bottom.
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Hassan Whiteside (right knee strain) will return to Tuesday's Game 1 vs. the Raptors.

He was only in the locker room for a few moments before quickly returning to the bench. He gave his teammates a thumbs up and appears to be OK, but we'll be sure to have an update after the game. The Heat just dodged a bullet considering how bad the fall looked.
May 3 - 8:29 PM

Hassan Whiteside (knee) left Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors and went to the locker room.

He fell awkwardly on his right leg and his knee got caught underneath his body, but he quickly returned to the Miami bench. There should be an update soon.
May 3 - 8:23 PM

Patrick Patterson will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

The move makes sense because the Heat play a lot of small ball with Luol Deng at the four. Patterson should still be the first big off the bench, but his minutes will likely take a small hit in this series. Luis Scola may not play at all.
May 3 - 7:24 PM

Norman Powell will move into the starting lineup for Game 1 vs. the Heat on Tuesday, sending Patrick Patterson to the bench.

The Heat utilize a small-ball lineup with Luol Deng at the four, so the Raptors will slide DeMarre Carroll over to power forward. Powell only averaged 18.0 minutes per game in round one vs. the Pacers, but he should see a lot more minutes in this series and he's definitely earned them too. Patterson should still be the first big off the bench.
May 3 - 7:23 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns said that he will work to improve all aspects of his game this offseason.

"I've always been a big philosopher of in the offseason you work on every single facet of your game," said Towns. "Don't pinpoint something. Because you limit yourself if you specialize in something, and I'm not a specialist in anything. I'm a person and a player who bases off of versatility, trying to do every single thing really well." KAT was a first-round stud during his rookie campaign, and he figures to take another leap next year under Tom Thibodeau. He'll likely cost you a top-7 pick on draft day.
May 3 - 6:42 PM

Warriors' GM Bob Myers said that Stephen Curry (knee) could return for Saturday's Game 3 or Monday's Game 4.

"I know everybody wants to know is it going to be Saturday, is it going to be Monday?" said Meyers of Curry's timetable. "It's in that range, but it's hard to say. But those games [3 and 4] are so close together... He's got to play a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5. He hasn't done any of that stuff yet." Steve Kerr is hopeful that Curry can go through a full scrimmage on Thursday, and if he can get through that scrimmage, it sounds like he has a decent chance of suiting up for Game 3. Stay tuned.
May 3 - 6:24 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be in attendance for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Raptors, although he remains "out indefinitely."

Bosh caught a flight up to Toronto with Heat owner Micky Arison on Tuesday, but he did not go through shootaround, and it remains unlikely that he'll be able to return at any point during Miami's playoff run. He still has not practiced with the team in any capacity since hitting the sidelines back in February.
May 3 - 6:10 PM

Ian Mahinmi said that he would like to re-sign with the Pacers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I’m hoping to stay here," Mahinmi said. "It’s a very good system. It’s a very good organization." Mahinmi had a career-year as the Pacers' starting center, compiling averages of 9.3 points, 7.1 boards and 1.1 blocks per contest. It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal he can earn on the open market, but if the Pacers are unable to retain him, that would open up a ton of opportunity for Myles Turner.
May 3 - 6:02 PM
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