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The Toronto Raptors travel to Miami to face the Miami Heat on Wednesday in what should be an easy test for the South Beach team against the struggling Raptors.
The Miami Heat has the best record in the Eastern Conference and with the likes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, they have a definite advantage securing the win at home.
The Heat, currently 26-12, have not played a game since Thursday when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 99-90, ending a six-game road trip.
"It was good for our team to kind of get a rest," Dwyane Wade said during a press conference. "We are one of the oldest teams in the league. (It's good) for guys to kind of mentally and physically get away from the grind."
To help aid the Heat's poor rebounding statistics, the team signed Chris Andersen to a 10-day contract. Anderson has not played in a game since March 2012 when he was with the Denver Nuggets, but he averaged 14.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots per 48 minutes, even though he never played more than 22 minutes in any one game.
"Typically, you're not able to get a player of his caliber at this time of year," Erik Spoelstra told reporters. "But three years ago he was the best in the game coming off the bench at his position, as a shot-blocker and a rebounder. We've always liked him."
The Raptors pulled off an impressive win against the Lakers on Sunday, with Jose Calderon putting down 22 points and Landry Fields contributed a season high 18.
"It's still tough to put it all the way behind us because if we had won the games we were supposed to, it would be a totally different situation," said DeMar DeRozan, who averaged 21.7 in three losses to Miami last season.
Tip-off for the game is at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be watched online here.