Raptors’ Leonard won’t face Heat
MIAMI — The Toronto Raptors will be without All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard for Sunday’s game against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena, due to part of an ongoing rest program.
Leonard led the Raptors in scoring in each of the teams’ previous two meetings, with Sunday’s game opening a back-toback set for Toronto that concludes Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Raptors are positioned for homecourt advantage at least through the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs.
With Leonard out, it likely will create additional playing time for Patrick McCaw or Norman Powell, with Toronto also having the ability to play a bigger lineup with Serge Ibaka at power forward and Pascal Siakam at small forward.
The game is the second on a five-game homestand for the Heat that opened with Friday night’s victory over the Cavaliers.
The Heat, who got guard Goran Dragic back in their rotation Friday after he had missed the previous three games with a strained left calf, are not reporting any injuries.
The only player unavailable to the Heat is two-way forward Duncan Robinson, who is on G League assignment to the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Leonard scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in the first half on Friday night in a road victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, adding two assists in his 27 minutes. He is tied for sixth in the NBA in scoring at 27.1 points per game and has scored 30 or more 20 times.