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Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-11-21

Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-11-21The Heat was without starting small forward Quentin Richardson and reserve power forward Udonis Haslem for Friday night's game against the Toronto Raptors. Haslem missed his second consecutive game because of a strained left shoulder. Richardson still is recovering from a lower back strain that flared up in the second half of Wednesday's loss in Atlanta.

"They both wanted to go. Hopefully for Sunday," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They are feeling a lot better. They've made a lot of progress in the last 24 hours."

James Jones, who ended last season as the Heat's starting small forward, made his first start of the season in place of Richardson. "He's been giving us good minutes in practice," Spoelstra said of the decision to go with Jones at small forward. "Just to give us a start, I like his veteran presence and understanding there with what we're trying to do."

Jones struggled, though, missing all five of his 3-point attempts against the Raptors.

Haslem went through Friday morning's shootaround at Air Canada Centre and was expecting to play.

"I actually thought I was," he said, informed about 90 minutes before the game by trainer Jay Sabol that he was being held out. "I went through walkthrough this morning and I still had a little pain. Jay came to me before the game and said he talked it over with Spo' and said we probably should wait two more days."

Haslem said he still was experiencing discomfort.

"It wasn't that sore," he said. "I was able to shoot today. A couple of things were painful."

He vowed to be back for Sunday's game at AmericanAirlines Arena against the New Orleans Hornets.

"They're going to have to drug me Sunday to keep me off the court," he said. "I'm playing on Sunday."

RAPTORS 120, HEAT 113: A 23-point first-half deficit proved too much to overcome, despite closing within one point late on a James Jones jumper. Ultimately, the Raptors' 43 second-quarter points and 9-of-15 shooting on 3-pointers proved insurmountable in a Miami defensive effort that left coach Erik Spoelstra livid.

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