After a thrilling win in New Orleans, the Nets turn right back around to play the Raptors on Wednesday night.
The injury report for tonight’s game? I’ll let Net Income handle that:
Woe is us. It’s too early in the day to have a clear picture. James Harden (hamstring), Spencer Dinwiddie (knee), Tyler Johnson (knee) and Chris Chiozza (hand) are all definitely out and we doubt we will see either Nic Claxton or Reggie Perry either. They’re in the health and safety protocols for still unexplained reasons. The big question remains Kevin Durant, who hurt his thigh early in the Heat game and missed the Pelicans. Steve Nash said it was unlikely he’ll play vs. Toronto but he also said he’s day-to-day. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin said post-game that he might be ready to go despite the back-to-back. Mike James, the Euroleague guard who the Nets are reportedly set to sign, was released by CSKA Moscow and is expected to sign “in the coming days,” says CSKA. He’s still going through testing, Marc Stein reported and Brian Lewis says the signing is scheduled for Friday. (Nothing like a 150-word injury report.)
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WHO: Brooklyn Nets (39-19) at Toronto Raptors (24-34)
WHEN: 7:00 PM EST
WHERE: YES2 (tv), WFAN (radio)
The Raptors won the first game, 123-117 back in February. That was the game when Kevin Durant was forced to sit at the beginning of the game, then after playing 19 minutes was pulled and placed in the league’s health and safety protocols. The Nets and Raptors will face each other twice in the next week, tonight and next Tuesday.
The Raptors have been up and down all season, mostly down, but they’ve won three straight against the Spurs, Magic and Thunder, all relatively close contests, and six of their last 10. Battling COVID-19 and a long way from home has made them resilient and now perhaps ready for a stretch run.
Their scoring been led by five different players over the last five games and none of the five were named Kyle Lowry or Fred Van Vleet. In fact, in their Sunday win over the Thunder, Lowry, Van Vleet,Pascal Siakam, and OG Anunoby were all out! So Toronto at Tampa is very well-rested while the Nets are on a back-to-back with top players out.
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