Updated: April 14, 2011, 1:23 AM ET
Eddie House 14-27 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 35 PTS | +16

One of the league's true long-range gluttons feasted in the first quarter. House's stroke was unconscious and his shot selection was unconscionable -- but who cares? He scored 19 points in the period on 8-for-9 shooting from the field. Although he has been used sparingly, we just have a hunch that House will drain a big bucket or two in a crucial spot this spring.

Jamaal Magloire 3-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 19 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +22

Erik Spoelstra gave Magloire a boatload of minutes in the center's hometown. The "Big Cat" was a beast on the glass, served as an oversized traffic cone on screens and muscled his way for a strong putback off a Dexter Pittman miss. The Heat might need Magloire's fouls in the playoffs, but this figures to be his last extended action of the season, barring injury.

Dexter Pittman 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +11

The rookie earned the first basket of his career in the second quarter on a nifty roll to the hoop on a screen-and-roll with Mario Chalmers. Pittman did everything on the play you want to see -- a strong dive, soft hands on the catch and a nice touch on his lefty hook inside. With a little more conditioning, Pittman should contribute next season.

2010-11 Regular Season

The expectations were astronomical, and falling short of 60 wins has to come as a surprise. Yet when you account for major injuries to the team's fourth- and fifth-best players and the inevitable feeling-out process, the season can't be deemed a disappointment. The most encouraging signs have come recently, as Spoelstra has refined the offense with creative new wrinkles.

Toronto Raptors

The Raps have a couple of tent poles in slasher DeMar DeRozan and skilled big man Ed Davis, a couple of curious reclamation projects in Julian Wright and James Johnson, and stretch big Andrea Bargnani. However you appraise this collection of talent, they desperately need some defensive direction -- a system that demands accountability -- if they're going to improve in 2011-12.

Grades by Kevin Arnovitz


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