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Game Day Thread: Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors

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March 4, 2012

Sportnet One - 6:00 PM EST

So the big question for the game about to tip off, is if the Toronto Raptors can close out their match today against the Golden State Warriors, should it get close towards its conclusion.

That's the obvious one, considering the team of late hasn't exactly had a ton of success in that respect.

But this one could be different, first, because the Warriors have such a high-octane offense, it might be over early, and second, because Raptors' coach Dwane Casey has been emphasizing closing out efforts of late, so maybe we see them put to work this evening.

Starters for Toronto are the usual five; Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Amir Johnson and Aaron Gray, however Casey said pre-game that he'll look to go small often against the Warriors, even though Steph Curry won't play. That means heavy doses of guys like Jerryd Bayless and Leandro Barbosa I'm guessing, both big against Memphis, and dare I say it, maybe some run for Gary Forbes.

Let's do this...

GO RAPS!