Rap­tors’ Leonard won’t face Heat

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Ira Win­der­man iwin­der­[email protected]­sen­tinel.com. Fol­low him at twit­ter.com/ira­heat­beat or face­book.com/ira.win­der­man

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.

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