Raptors' Lowry to miss game versus Heat

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry , The Canadian Press

The Toronto Raptors will be without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry for Tuesday night's game against the Miami Heat at Air Canada Centre with what his team lists as a bruised tailbone and back spasms. The Bucks tried to slow DeRozan down by double-teaming him throughout the game but the Raptors were quick to adjust.

Also Wednesday, the league fined Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan $25,000 and Heat guard Goran Dragic $10,000 for a separate altercation at the end of Tuesday's game. This led to a handful of players being given the chance to get buckets for the Raptors. Allen Crabbe, who has struggled with his three-point shot, started to fuel the Nets with his presence from deep, ultimately shooting 4-of-6 from three for 20 points.

The Raptors had no answer for Heat rookie Bam Adebayo, who has the makings of a frontcourt beast, but when Toronto picked up its defence, the Raptors became far more competitive.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey says he's encouraged DeRozan to work on his 3-point game every offseason, and DeRozan has gone to Los Angeles every season and done that.

Although DeRozan did have a game-high 35 points, the bench also must be acknowledged. As a team, Miami is averaging 100.9 points per contest. He has 12 30-point performances overall this season.

The inefficient offense of Brooklyn will battle against the top-notch defense of Toronto.

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Owens responded to Harris' piece in September and assured that an evaluation will be made regarding her observation. The company seems to indicate that enough patrons and cities took issue with the name Dixie Stampede.

A few years back, the only way to explore a team's effort was to watch the games. The Raptors had a much better turnover percentage (7.3 vs. 20.7) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (26.2 vs. 15.0).

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Julius Randle had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Lonzo Ball added 11 rebounds and 11 assists as Los Angeles defeated Sacramento. Ibaka is now averaging 1.5 blocks per game.

Johnson, a second-degree black belt, was ejected last February for scuffling with Atlanta's Taurean Prince while Ibaka was thrown out of a game against the Bulls back in March for the same misconduct.

When Miles replaces DeRozan in that grouping, 137 minutes in total, Toronto is 14-3 in those games.

Turner was initially hurt on a dunk during Monday's 109-96 victory over Milwaukee but finished at the game.

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