May 7, 2016, 6:09 pm
Dwyane Wade scored 38 points on 13-of-25 shooting (4-of-6 3PTs, 8-of-8 FTs) with eight rebounds and four assists, but the story of the game was Hassan Whiteside’s knee injury after their 95-91 Game 3 loss to the Raptors on Saturday.
The reality is that the Heat could be without Whiteside and that leaves them extremely shorthanded down low, especially if Jonas Valanciunas (ankle, day-to-day) immediately returns to action. Erik Spoelstra clearly trusts Udonis Haslem (22 minutes, eight points, seven boards, two assists) and he could be an interesting punt play in DFS, and we’d expect Amare Stoudemire (four minutes) to get a bit more run and he’d be the contrarian punt play next to Haslem.
Josh McRoberts (13 minutes, four points, four boards, two steals, one block) is your boom or bust play and he should be in the mix as well, but he has been terrible for most of the season so there is that. The Heat may have to get creative and play Luol Deng and Justise Winslow at power forward and center in hopes they can run the Raptors off the floor and double fast enough to not get killed by Valanciunas, who has been neglected for a long time by his backcourt.