Thursday's Heat Links: Wade not looking past Raptors

Goran Dragic spits teeth, blackens eye — and finally finds game for Heat: The price to be Goran Dragic? He taps his front teeth. "I've lost five teeth," he says. He pushes his nose to the left. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat's Game 2 concerns go beyond knees of Wade, Whiteside: Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday was about maintaining perspective and maintaining health for his team in advance of Thursday's Game 2 against the Toronto Raptors in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Resolution reached: Bosh, Heat agree he is out for playoffs: Chris Bosh's season came to a formal conclusion Wednesday, with the All-Star forward and the Miami Heat issuing a statement clarifying that he will not be participating in the playoffs. Bosh has not appeared in a game since Feb. 9 but has been with the Heat during the postseason. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

LeBron addresses possibility of facing Wade, Heat in East finals: It has been a focus of many since the NBA playoff bracket was settled: LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers against Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. It only took one game in each series for it to be raised by one of the leading protagonists. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Wade not looking past Raptors to possible matchup with Cavaliers, LeBron: Tempting as it might be for Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers fans to do these days — to look ahead to a potential showdown between their teams in the Eastern Conference Finals — Dwyane Wade isn’t willing to take the bait yet. -- The Miami Herald

Raptors’ Lowry looks to get past ‘mind-boggling’ Game 1 performance: Call it candor. Or catharsis. Actually, if you root for Canada’s national NBA team, you’d call it confusing and concerning. But certainly, all fans will find it unconventional, the way that Kyle Lowry emoted in the 16 hours following his briefly euphoric, but mostly miserable Game 1 of the second round against the Miami Heat. -- The Miami Herald

Miami Heat says Chris Bosh out for remainder of playoffs: The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh reached a resolution Wednesday – it’s time for the 11-time All-Star’s season to officially be over. -- The Miami Herald

Bosh and a six-pack of Heat: Today's announcement, made jointly by the Heat and Bosh, that he would not play again this postseason offered some closure but wasn't the least bit surprising. -- The Miami Herald

Wade’s ‘uncommon will to win’ showing up in playoffs: Everything the Heat clawed for in Game 1 Tuesday night was in jeopardy on Toronto’s final play in overtime. The Raptors in-bounded the ball to their most dangerous scorer, DeMar DeRozan, and he got away from Luol Deng as he eyed a game-tying 3-pointer. -- The Palm Beach Post

Wade not interested in Heat-Cavs talk: Dwyane Wade might be just as excited about a Heat-Cavaliers showdown in the Eastern Conference finals as LeBron James is, but he isn’t talking about it. -- The Palm Beach Post

Behind-the-scenes look at Heat guard Tyler Johnson’s recovery: The Heat’s practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena is as thoroughly wired with surveillance as any bank vault or art museum. Some doors require a thumbprint scan to open. Cameras are everywhere. James Bond would have trouble slipping through undetected. Yet Tyler Johnson thinks he’ll get away with this. -- The Palm Beach Post

No, the answer is not less Kyle Lowry: Following Miami's Game 1 victory over the Raptors, TNT's illustrious Inside the NBA panel weighed in on Kyle Lowry's ongoing shooting slump, suggesting that the answer, at least for head coach Dwane Casey, may be to sit his best player. -- TSN.ca

Largely irrelevant Raptors can stick it to NBA, LeBron with series win over Heat: Go ahead, kick the Raptors. Take your best shot. Just about everyone is doing it. LeBron James is already talking openly about how much fun it would be to take on Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference final. ESPN spent part of the morning talking about LeBron — a daily subject on the network — playing against his former team and old friends. This isn’t new. In fact, it’s quite old. -- Toronto Sun

Raptors' Carroll says Lowry needs to 'man up': Kyle Lowry is struggling. He is struggling with his shot and therefore struggling to have the kind of impact on this second round series with Miami he has to have much like he failed to have an impact in the first round series win over Indiana. -- Toronto Sun

Raptors plan to keep closer eye on Heat's Dragic: All of the focus during and after Game 1 of the Raptors-Heat second-round match-up has centred around Kyle Lowry’s AWOL jump shot. There’s no doubt it’s the main story, but something else has fallen through the cracks — Lowry, and his teammates, have to get much better at the other end of the floor as well. -- Toronto Sun

Heat expecting Raptors' Kyle Lowry to bounce back: At no point during Toronto’s seven-game series against Indiana did Kyle Lowry ever find any semblance of rhythm with his jump shot. And, at no point during Toronto’s Game 1 loss to Miami on Tuesday night did Lowry ever feel comfortable, despite that desperate half-court heave that would send the game into overtime, his only make following six successive misses from three-point range. -- Toronto Sun

If reputations are made in playoffs, Lowry’s is mud right now: Luis Scola, the basketball philosopher who occasionally takes the court for the Toronto Raptors, was attempting to turn down the volume on the sports-talk hysteria in Raptorland. Kyle Lowry is slumping! The Raptors squandered home court! And LeBron James isn’t paying them their 56-win respect! -- Toronto Star

Raptors will try to pick up the pace against Heat: The shot goes up and as the Toronto Raptors grab a defensive rebound or take the ball out after a made basket, Dwane Casey is on his feet in front of the bench, wind-milling his arm in a “let’s go” motion, exhorting whoever has the ball to move it as fast as possible. -- Toronto Star

The solution for Kyle Lowry will come from Kyle Lowry: Kyle Lowry wasn’t really trying to fix his shot out there on the floor of the near-empty Air Canada Centre, an hour and a half after the game. Cleaners were going row to row in the stands; a couple TV cameras and a reporter here or there lingered around the edges of the court. A lone blue-shirted security guard watched from a seat behind the vacant Raptors bench as Lowry chased after his misses, clambered over rows of seats to get the ball back, tugged at his hood. But in almost every way, Kyle Lowry was alone. -- Toronto Star

Scola acting as voice of reason during Lowry’s playoff pains: Everyone needs a Luis Scola in their life. Someone who knows you, has seen you at your best and your worst, and believes your best is the true representation of who you are. Someone who never loses faith about where you’re headed. A day removed from watching their all-star point guard play like the basketball was a chainsaw to be juggled while on a stepladder, the big Argentinean forward was doing what Scola does best. -- Sportsnet.ca

Postgame theatre isn’t helping Kyle Lowry find answers: When Kyle Lowry came out an hour after Game 1 for his own long walk in the snow, he had a choice. He could take the back hallway behind the locker room, take a dedicated elevator up to the practice gym on the third floor of the Air Canada Centre and work on his failing shot there. -- The Globe and Mail