So, the Toronto Raptors aren’t having quite the year they expected, with a 26-35 record, putting them at 12th in the East. They’re just 16-15 “at home”, which really isn’t their home - they’re playing this season in Tampa Bay, FL.
BUT, if there is something they can hang their hat on this season: the Raptors are 2-0 against the Nets this season.
Brooklyn, however, is currently sitting atop the Eastern Conference and did get a healthy and very MVP-like Kevin Durant back in the lineup. They are still without James Harden, but, Durant and Kyrie Irving are healthy and humming.
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WHO: Brooklyn Nets (41-20) at Toronto Raptors (26-35)
WHEN: 7:30 PM EST
WHERE: YES (tv), WNSH (radio)
Player to watch: Pascal Siakam
As the Raptors look to chart their future, where they slot Siakam will answer a lot of questions. Is he good enough to be the leading man of the franchise? I don’t believe so. But is he a good player that you’d love to have on the club as you try to compete and contend? Absolutely! He hasn’t taken that next step to be a tier one or two star, but he’s damn good and makes winning plays. He lit the Nets up last week and Brooklyn will look to make things more difficult for him tonight.
What’s more impressive, scoring 33 points off the bench or winning an Academy Award? That’s the question we find ourselves asking after Kevin Durant pulled off the daily double on Sunday and looked like his usual award winning self all the way around. Steve Nash is still working to manage his minutes so KD will be around the late 20s to early 30s in minutes tonight. The amazing thing about Durant is he can be gone for a minute, come back and dominate like he never left. Dude’s a one of one.
The last time Durant saw the Raptors, the league pulled some mess with him so for the Nets’ sake, here’s hoping tonight isn’t as chaotic.
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