LeBron abused DeMar DeRozan in the post early, but the Raptors quickly switched to zone to combat the attack. And it worked. It's still puzzling why LeBron still feels the need to resort to fadeaway jumpers against a smaller defender like Gary Forbes. After recording at least five assists in every game, LeBron's two assists were by far a season low.
Dwyane Wade looked fresh in this one after getting the day off on Saturday. He sliced through the Toronto defense like a blade, but he wasn't up to his normal box-score-stuffing self. After missing another 3-point attempt, Wade is still looking for his first make from downtown on the season, which is a stunning statistic.
And the scoring drought continues. Not even facing the Raptors could get Bosh back on track. Bosh looked out of sorts against his former teammates. The blow-by into a dunk in the third quarter was the only inspired move of the day. He's in a rut right now, but the Heat have been able to survive thanks to those two other guys on his team.
You can go through a laundry list of possible excuses: It was an early tipoff; there's a big football game later in the day; the short-handed Raptors won't exactly get the competitive juices flowing. All that considered, it still doesn't explain settling for perimeter jumpers as much as they did. The Heat got away with one.
The Raptors kept hanging around and hanging around and hanging around. Even without Andrea Bargnani, the Raptors took this game down to the wire, which no one saw coming into this game. If they had Bargnani's floor spacing in this game, they might have pulled off the Super Sunday upset.