WHAT: Well, that Bulls loss was kinda dumb. Let’s try that whole winning thing again, shall we?
WHERE: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, CA
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, SN1; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
While he provides an automatic upgrade to areas like perimeter shooting, post defense, and playmaking, Gasol’s fit next to Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka will be interesting. Can they all play together? Will Serge be okay with a bench role? Would Nick Nurse consider bringing Siakam off the bench? We’ll see, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing if the Raptors took a minute to figure everything out and were a little vulnerable in this next matchup.
The Nets lead the league in Drives Per Game and Jonas Valanciunas was always a prime candidate to hack at a driving guard when they finally slipped past him. Gonna miss that. With Dinwiddie out, those free points at the line won’t be as easy to come by, but the return of Caris LeVert might help. LeVert, after checking in to a standing ovation, played 14 minutes and had 11 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals. Truly amazing for his first game back. He also looked good and spry and most important, unafraid.
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The Marc Gasol Toronto Raptors era officially began this past Saturday night on the road, and the team now begins a six game homestand. The Raptors are coming off a 104-99 victory over the Knicks in Gasol’s first game, and ride a four-game win streak.
Coming to Toronto are the Brooklyn Nets, who are posting an above average 29-28 record behind the guard play of D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie. Russell in two games versus the Raptors this season has scored a total of 53 points. Dwinwiddie will be a question mark to play against the Raptors, as he is coming off surgery to his finger.
For the Raptors, they now trail the Milwaukee Bucks by a game (and have played two more games) following the Bucks losing to Orlando a couple days ago. So, the chances of a first place seed for the Raptors is still there as they continue to fight for the best in the Eastern Conference.
The Raptors and Nets have met twice this season, splitting the results. In December, the Nets pulled out a one-point victory in overtime; the January contest went in favour of the Raptors, 122-105. The Raptors will be looking for more of latter tonight against a Nets team that is on the brink of playoffs.