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Jonas Valanciunas is out for the series with an ankle sprain | Raptors Republic
My personal preference would be for Biyombo to start, “small lineups” to take the backup role, and Nogueira get a try in Game 4. The Raptors have to lean more Nogueira/Thompson if Whiteside returns at any point, but for now, it’s probably easiest to assume Whiteside isn’t playing, at least for Game 4. Smaller groups are something I’ve long been in favor of the Raptors trying, and to their credit, they’ve managed to build up a bit of experience playing that way. And I’m not talking just a Carroll-Patterson frontcourt – I think you could try some Carroll at center with two guards and two wings (including Norman Powell, probably) around him, and you may even give James Johnson a shot at the pivot. Johnson is someone I’d actually give a look to pretty early in these groups, over Scola and Thompson, because he’s not going to be giving up much functional size to anyone but Stoudemire, who may not even factor in much. Those groups will sacrifice rebounding, but the Heat will be doing the same, and going five-out really opens up defensive coverage options, adds extra ball-handlers on offense, and could fuel the transition game both ways.
It’s a minor concern that the Heat are probably just as comfortable playing that way, but with both teams lacking the requisite frontcourt depth to simply soldier on, the guess here is that we’ll see a lot of small-versus-small looks in Game 4. That’s a whole new feeling out process, and each coach may decide to adjust from there, so Game 4 is probably going to have the feel of a Game 1.
In terms of the overall impact of the two injuries together, it’s tough to figure. Valanciunas was playing better, but the Raptors have superior depth, and can match the Heat small if Casey wants to. Whiteside may return at some point, sure, but the Raptors also have the 2-1 series edge right now. The Raptors will probably remain slightly favored in the series from here, having taken home court back, and Game 4 should be pretty telling.
What’s clear before anything else, though, is that this sucks. Whiteside is an exciting young player about to hit free agency, Valanciunas was playing the best ball of his career, and the series is significantly less fun without that matchup on the marquee. This is really, really unfortunate, and hopefully both players recover quickly for a potential Eastern Conference Finals appearance.

Raptors’ defense coming up huge in playoffs | The Defeated
It’s been a team effort. DeMarre Carroll has held Joe Johnson to 36.5 percent shooting from the field. Cory Joseph has been a constant thorn in the sides of Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic. Lowry has been excellent as usual. DeRozan has been capable against Luol Deng.
And most importantly, the interior has been solid. Valanciunas has rendered Bismack Biyombo superfluous with how well he’s held up on defense (once a weakness for Valanciunas), and Patrick Patterson has been the interchangeable piece that’s successfully bridged the gap by guarding 1–5.
A dire need to improve the defense was the takeaway from the past two playoff failures. The Raptors had enough firepower but they couldn’t stop the opponent. When games slowed to a crawl and whistles were swallowed, the Raptors have struggled. They needed players who could thrive in ugly games.
That’s why Masai Ujiri brought in the likes of Joseph, Biyombo, and Carroll. Because while they aren’t necessarily difference makers on offense, they can always lean on their reputations as stoppers. Even Norman Powell has been sturdy when called upon. Casey needed gritty defenders and Ujiri spent the entire offseason stockpiling on stops.
Credit the Casey’s coaching staff. The shift to a conservative defense has made life much easier for Valanciunas. Offseason import Andy Greer brought over the famed Tom Thibodeau scheme as an assistant and the Raptors turned paint defense from a problem into a strength. The developmental staff has also overseen improvements from Ross, Valanciunas, and Patterson. That’s all paying off.
The end result is this: The Heat’s sixth-ranked offense (post-Chris Bosh injury) has looked absolutely clueless.

Quick win would be ideal for ailing Raps | Toronto Sun
While shot selection has been an issue for DeRozan, he has also made just 59% of his free throws against Miami and his thumb has been a major part of those struggles.
“It is what it is. I can’t grip the ball like I want to,” DeRozan said.
“You just have to deal with it. It’s one of those things where the only thing that can help it is time.”
DeRozan went 7-for-8 from the line in Game 3 following a 2-for-8 performance in Game 2, so maybe time is already benefitting him.
The two-time all-star feels terribly for Valanciunas, who he saw earlier Sunday at the team hotel.
“Obviously (he’s disappointed),” DeRozan said.
“Especially when you feel like you let your team down in any type of way by not being out there. As long as we take care of what we got to take care of, let him get healthy and come back and play (everything will be fine).”

Revived Lowry outweighs loss of JV for Raps | Toronto Sun
“I think by Kyle shooting the ball that way, it takes the pressure off of everybody,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “Now everybody can kind of go back to their role of who they are. It takes the pressure off of a lot of folks, whether it’s the roll man, the guys around him, the (opposing) defence has to shift a little bit more and come off of DeMar (DeRozan) a bit more, so it opens up a lot of things when either one of them are shooting the ball the way that Kyle was shooting it (Saturday) night.”
Lowry and Patrick Patterson in the pick and roll late in the game was such a problem for the Heat that Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra left his starting point guard, Goran Dragic, on the bench for almost all of the final six minutes of the game. Dragic has been a defensive emphasis of the Raptors since Game 1. Figuring out a way to keep him from getting into the paint and scoring was a focus and yet by getting Lowry going they got Dragic out of the game at its most crucial time.
That trickle-down effect is just the start, though.
As Casey pointed out DeRozan gets freed up substantially as well and with his thumb on his right hand giving him some grief right now, a little more room and a little less defensive attention will go a long way toward helping him be more successful as well.
“It opens up the floor, then when he’s making the threes it really helps too, so it’s good to see him get the lid off the bucket,” Casey said of Lowry. “Seeing the ball go through the basket will give him some confidence, but I think it relaxes everybody because everybody is excited for Kyle and it loosens up the defence, the attention on them and the pressure on them to score.”
In the span of about 48 hours, Lowry went from burning question No. 1 in this playoff set for the Raptors to potential series-changer for his team.

Why losing Valanciunas significantly hurts Raptors | Sportsnet.ca
With Hassan Whiteside, who suffered a twisted right knee Saturday and has been listed as day-to-day, Valanciunas has used his superior strength to bully the Heat centre, taking advantage of his weak one-on-one post defence, despite him being a very gifted shot blocker. Against Udonis Haslem he’s used his greater length to go over the top and score easy baby hooks. And Versus Stoudemire he’s schooled him with power similar to how he’s dealt with Whiteside.
When facing all three, Valanciunas has also outsmarted them a lot of the time by finding better rebounding position, enabling him to get all those easy tip-ins that have been so demoralizing for Miami.
Just about the only Heat big man who showed any level of effectiveness trying to go against Valanciunas was Josh McRoberts, who didn’t see any floor time in the first games, and that’s likely because he has such an overwhelming athletic advantage over the Raptors centre and does a good job of finding his man and boxing out when rebounds are up for grabs.

Heat hold out hope injured Hassan Whiteside can play, and soon | Toronto Star
PRESCIENT: Wade was in a bit of an “I told you so” mood Sunday.
While so much was written and said about the shooting woes of Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Wade was not at all surprised the Raptors point guard exploded for 33 points.
“I told you guys he was going to make some shots eventually,” Wade said. “It’s the law of averages man. The guy is a very good player and he’s not going to shoot 20 per cent every game. I said, if he scores 37 points like Kemba (Walker of the Charlotte Hornets did in the first round) did, we have to find a way to win the game.
“He scored 33, made big shots, he did what an all-star guy does. He helped carry that team to that victory last night late in that game.”

Whiteside knee sprain put his series in jeopardy; Valanciunas lost for Raptors | Sun Sentinel
Asked if Whiteside had a Grade 1 sprain or something more severe, Spoelstra said, “It’s too early to tell right now.”
The Raptors already have announced backup center Bismack Biyombo as their replacement starter for Monday’s game.
Spoelstra declined to discuss lineup specifics, as is typical with the Heat.
The Heat utilized Udonis Haslem, Josh McRoberts and Amar’e Stoudemire in the middle in Whiteside’s absence Saturday, with Stoudemire, who started 36 games at center during the regular season, the most likely replacement in the lineup for Monday’s 8 p.m. Game 4 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
“We have enough,” Spoelstra said.
The Heat already have been playing without Chris Bosh since Feb. 9, with the outside-shooting big man dealing with a recurrence of blood clots and last week ruled out for the balance of the postseason by the Heat.
Unlike the Raptors, who have changed their lineup four times during the course of the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Heat had maintained the same starting lineup, with Whiteside in middle as the defensive anchor, for the final three games of the regular season and then these opening 10 games of their postseason.

Who’s next up with Big V down? | Toronto Sun
You want to know how tough this series has been through three games? Two Raptors coaches left the floor Sunday with ice on their knees. Both are expected on the bench tonight.
And pacing in the tunnel on Saturday night, his standing seat for most Raptors games, was Masai Ujiri who had a clear view of Valanciunas’ awkward fall. At first, he wasn’t terribly concerned.
“I saw exactly how it happened on his foot and luckily (he thought) he didn’t have too much weight on it,” the Raps GM said.
Dr. Ujiri will no longer be diagnosing his patients or his players. Big V wanted to go back into Game 3. And why wouldn’t he? He was unstoppable. He was scoring and rebounding at a pace he had never known before. But will couldn’t carry him back to the court. He couldn’t put weight on the ankle, any weight at all.
And so, what’s left of the Toronto Raptors plays what’s left of the Miami Heat on Monday night and may the best guards prevail.
And still there has to be so much disappointment for Valanciunas and for the Raptors, even though they won 16 of 22 games he missed in the regular season. Code words there: Regular season.

Injuries stir up intrigue between Raptors and Heat | Sportsnet.ca
“It’s a big one for us obviously,” Ujiri said of Valanciunas, who was averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds a game against Miami and had been the Raptors’ most consistent post-season performer. “He was having a great series and great playoffs; he’s our starting centre so it’s a big, big blow for us. But you know what big blow for JV, you feel for the kid, just met with him and it’s tough on him, tough on his teammates but this is the life in the NBA and we carry on.”
Just down the hall on their practice court the Miami Heat were lamenting the loss of their own big man, Hassan Whiteside, the massive shot-blocker who went down in the first half with a twisted knee. He’s listed day-to-day with a strained MCL, but it seems optimistic to expect the pending free agent to return anytime soon with a wonky knee.
“Injury wise, for both teams to have a big guy hobbled by any stretch of the imagination, whether he’s out, whether he can come back and play, it’s not ideal,” said Heat star Dwyane Wade. “But it goes on around the league and we have to deal with it.”
Those seeking some good news need to look no further than the second half of Game 3.

Everyone’s icing something post-practice. For DeRozan, it’s his right thumb he hurt in Game 1. pic.twitter.com/ysPwVFBWx7
— Lori Ewing (@Ewingsports) May 8, 2016

Raptors, Heat two hurting units with Valanciunas, Whiteside hobbled | Toronto Star

Whatever happens, the trickle down effect will create some unique lineups.
Toronto is at least used to playing without Valanciunas, who missed a quarter of the regular season with two hand injuries. The Raptors went 16-6 with him out of the lineup.
“I have shown that I can guard small,” Biyombo said. “We switch a lot when I’m on the floor, one through five. So there’s nothing that will surprise me but as a team we have to find a way to keep them under 100 points.
“That has been the key for us to winning a playoff game.”
Valanciunas had been playing some of the best basketball of his career in the Heat series, averaging 18.3 points per game on 65 per cent shooting from the field and 12.7 rebounds.
“I do know Jonas was getting better every game at doing something, whether playing with confidence, screening properly, defending his position, doing a better job in the pick and roll defensive schemes; he was growing and it’s unfortunate because I thought (Saturday) was going to be one of his best performances,” Casey said.
Miami’s Dwyane Wade refused to believe Valanciunas won’t play.
“We’re not focusing on him being out for the series,” he said.
“I’ve played series where guys have been out for the series and they come back in the lineup a day later. So we’re not going to focus on that. When the card is given in, we’ll focus on whoever our matchup is.”

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— William Lou (@william_lou) May 8, 2016

After Whiteside’s injury, it’s hard to see how Heat overcomes | Miami Herald
The Heat knew how much it needed him, Erik Spoelstra above all. That’s why, for all the warts (in Whiteside’s game) and worries (about his contract) Spoelstra invested more personal time in the 26-year-old center than anyone else in the past eight years. That’s why, on the Friday night prior to Game 3, with so much else at stake, Spoelstra was at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, dining in a group with Whiteside and Bill Russell, aiming to expose Whiteside to the ultimate winner.
That’s why Wade, as the team leader, while critical of Whiteside at times, also took opportunities to pump him up, even suggesting this could be a “Hall of Fame career.”
This wasn’t just a passing interest, after all. The Heat wants to make Whiteside a core component, wants to see his development all the way through, especially after improvements in foul shooting and screen-setting and — to a degree — composure, in the second half of this second Miami season. And perhaps, regardless of the severity of the injury, that will still occur; maybe, in the worst case, it comes at a reduced cost in free agency in this cruelest of businesses.
But, for this particular postseason, it’s hard to see how the Heat competes for much without Whiteside. Win this series? Maybe. Wade nearly saved them Saturday, with a remarkable 38-point performance, and Udonis Haslem was his usual spirited self while playing a season-high 22 minutes. Heat players generally believe the Raptors are beatable, though some were baffled about why movement was mostly taken out of the offensive plan for Game 3. And Toronto started making rollicking rim runs as soon as Whiteside went out.
Beat Cleveland?
That seems fantasy.

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Raptors have to get greedy for Game 4 | Toronto Sun

The heat is on the Heat, a Miami team that needs to group quickly from its Game 3 loss Saturday, now faced with a virtual do-or-die scenario on Monday night at home.
There are always issues that need to be addressed, but among them for Miami is its three-point shooting.
It’s well-documented how Joe Johnson has yet to drain a shot from beyond the arc this series. The Heat, meanwhile, excluding Dwyane Wade, was unable to make a single three-ball in the second half Saturday.
Wade carried Miami, making nine of 16 attempts in the second half, including 3-of-5 from three-point range.
Wade went 13-of-25 from the field in Game 3, the rest of his teammates combining to shoot 20-of-52 (38.4%).
In Toronto, Miami turned the ball over a combined 41 times, cleaning things up by committing only 10 turnovers in Game 3, half of those produced by Goran Dragic, who isn’t a good defender, and the main reason why rookie Josh Richardson and the kid’s length was in the game in crunch time.

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Winderman: Time for Spoelstra to reinvent again | Sun Sentinel
Already this season there has been a move to a faster pace and ball movement with the midseason loss of Chris Bosh to another bout with blood clots. Then there was the addition Joe Johnson that had Luol Deng shifted to power forward. And now apparently no Whiteside.
To appreciate how this changes everything is to appreciate how the Heat had changed everything for Whiteside.
“Their defense couldn’t be more different,” Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford said during the previous round against the Heat. “They force the ball down. They never did that. They were the last team to do it. Everything was to the middle, to the middle. And so, to me, what he’s done is what you have to do. He’s looked at his team, looked his personnel and said, ‘How can they play best?’ And then he’s been able to do it in a structured, fundamental way.
“Just from a pure coaching standpoint, it’s really incredible what he’s done.”
Now more is required, with an even short timeframe.
“What makes it allowable with this group,” Spoelstra said Sunday, “is the grit, the consistent grit and toughness our guys have shown all year long, to not make excuses.”

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JV-less Raptors well-equipped for small ball | Toronto Sun

“It’s going to be our small-ball against their small-ball,” said Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll after practice on Sunday.
“When you lose two big centres like that, we’ve got to attack the glass more, get in the lane more. We’ve just got to be ready to play. Some guys are going to have to play out of position but you’ve got to be a basketball player. You can’t have a number.”
Carroll could be talking about Patrick Patterson, or James Johnson, spending some time at centre. The Raptors also talked about Lucas Nogueira and Jason Thompson needing to be ready for their first meaningful post-season minutes and Luis Scola could suddenly be back in the picture. Carroll himself will shift over more to power forward, where he is also comfortable and expect to see a lot of the Kyle Lowry-Cory Joseph backcourt that was so successful this season.
“It’s definitely useful that we’ve played small before during the season and are used to each other,” Joseph said, before listing the benefits of that look.
“Get Kyle off the ball, be able to be more aggressive, play a little bit faster. Obviously, you never want to see somebody go down and get hurt, but it’s good it’s not something new for us,” he said.
Biyombo has not been himself against Miami, after turning in some impressive performances against Indiana. He is not planning to go overboard in order to provide a spark and get himself going, preferring instead to see this only as a bit more playing time.

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No Hassan, No Valanciunas, No Problem: Small-ball arrives in Miami | Hot Hot Hoops
The Heat’s time to move on to a strategy, that has worked for other teams this postseason who lack a Whiteside-like presence around the rim, has come out of necessity. One figure in particular shows what the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs have used with great success in this year’s second season.
With a combined record of thirteen wins and one loss, they score the LOWEST percentage of their points in the painted area among the 16 teams who qualified for postseason play. The Cavaliers, who showcase NBA’s highlight dunker in LeBron James, got less than 30% of their points in the paint while winning all seven of their games. For them, facing the league’s premier shot-blocker would be an inconvenience, not a problem.

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Miami Heat: How Hassan Whiteside’s injury impacts the series | All U Can Heat

For the Heat, they certainly grab an advantage if Whiteside is able to come back and the Raptors are without Valancuinas. The Toronto center had been consistently beating Whiteside in the one-on-one matchup in the paint, however his backup Bismack Biyombo is not nearly the offensive post threat Valancuinas is.
That’s assuming, of course, that Whiteside returns. This right MCL sprain is the same injury that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has, and he’s been out for about two weeks now. It’s no guarantee that Whiteside returns to this series, and even missing a game or two could be costly in what has been a very tightly played series thus far.
Without Whiteside, the Heat went to a center-by-committee approach in the latter half of Game 3, with mostly Udonis Haslem and Josh McRoberts getting most of the minutes, and Amar’e Stoudemire playing a spot four minutes.
Haslem has been strong defensively, especially against Toronto’s pick-and-roll but, at 35, you wonder how much longer he can sustain such an effort of playing 22 minutes.
McRoberts has struggled for most of the season, but was strong in his minutes defensively. He finished a plus-8 for the game.
It’s unclear if Whiteside will be available for Game 4 in Miami on Monday, but the Heat aren’t waiting on him. Erik Spoelstra remained positive after the game despite the loss, saying he trusts his remaining centers and believes the Heat have enough to win without Whiteside.

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Raptors need Biyombo to step up against Heat | Toronto Sun
Biyombo had been playing about 33% fewer minutes in this series compared to the previous one and ramped up his post-practice routine on Sunday quite a bit, staying on the court longer than any of his teammates, despite knowing he was going to start on Monday.
“For me it is just about staying ready. I mean I was planning on doing my (post-practice) workout anyway today because I know, coming off 11 minutes and 12 minutes, I needed it,” Biyombo said.
Despite his lack of impact against Miami, Biyombo still leads the NBA in rebound percentage in the playoffs (the percentage of total rebounds a player obtains while on the court), largely due to his work on the defensive glass. Valanciunas ranked second in rebound percentage, but had been doing more on the offensive boards than Biyombo.

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Jonas Valanciunas Injury Update | Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday centre Jonas Valanciunas will miss the remainder of the Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff series versus Miami with a sprained right ankle.
Valanciunas sustained the injury during the third quarter of Saturday’s Game 3 in Miami. He has averaged 15.0 points, shooting .550 (61-111) from the field, with 12.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 28.5 minutes in 10 playoff games this season. In the series versus the Heat, he has averaged 18.3 points on .649 (24-37) percent from the floor, 12.7 rebounds, 1.33 blocks and 33.7 minutes in three contests.
His status will be updated as appropriate.

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Raptors-Miami Heat: Game 4 playoff preview | Toronto Star
Need to know: Miami could use veteran Amar’e Stoudemire as a starter instead of Haslem if, as expected, HassanWhiteside’s sprained knee ligament keeps him out of the game . . . Miami rookie Justise Winslow is such an offensive liability he didn’t play a minute in Game 3 … It’s the third time Toronto has led a series after three games, they’ve never led a series 3-1 … Lowry’s 33 points Saturday was the second time he’s scored more than 30 in a playoff game in his career.

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Game 4 Preview: Raptors @ Heat | Toronto Raptors
Next (big) man up
On Sunday afternoon, the team announced that it would be without Jonas Valanciunas for the rest of the series against the Heat . Valanciunas started Game 3 the way he finished Game 2, putting in a 16-point, 12-rebound first half before landing awkwardly on his ankle under the basket three minutes into the third quarter. Although he initially hoped to tape up the ankle and return, he was ruled out for the game. After an MRI on Sunday, the team announced the injury update. Through 10 postseason games, Valanciunas was playing the best basketball of his career, and was one of Toronto’s best players. The team was a +39 with him on the floor this series. His loss will be a huge absence, but the team is already shifting into next man up mode, much like they did during the season when Valanciunas missed five weeks with a fractured hand.
HHH GameTime Preview: Heat and Raptors may be without their key big men for Game 4 | Hot Hot Hoops
Bench: disadvantage Heat, because without Whiteside and Beno Udrih, the reserves are a mixed bag of streaky, untested, slower, or rookie players, who could produce unpredictable results.
This time Hassan Whiteside may or may not be available for his call of duty off the bench. A new yet-playoff-unproven trio of Tyler Johnson, Dorell Wright and Briante Weber are available should coach Erik Spoelstra choose to use them.
Screens set by Jonas Valanciunas will be missed, “One of the bigger impacts for Toronto — besides losing Valanciunas’ interior presence — will be on the team’s guards, who won’t benefit from the screens they were getting or Miami’s pre-occupation with a seven-footer.” DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry may find getting to the rim more difficult without the quality picks Jonas made.
A key match-up will be putting Justise Winslow back on Kyle Lowry, who went on a tear because he got no Justise. Sans Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors have little else besides the guards to spearhead their offense. The Heat can afford to go all out using Winslow, Tyler, Richardson, Weber to stop the Raptors’ back-court duo from ruining the Heat’s date with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Last season, reserve Andre Iguodala — not Stephen Curry — was named as the NBA Finals MVP with his clutch play against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Will the Heat find their MVP on the bench or will Dwyane Wade go 2006?
Preview: Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat, 8 p.m. Monday | Sun Sentinel
With his 38 points Saturday, Wade tied LeBron James at 33 for most 30-point games in Heat’s postseason history . . . Wade on Saturday moved past Dirk Nowitzki for 14th place on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list, nine points from passing Magic Johnson for 13th place .
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