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Raptors Look to Get Back on Track Against Injury-Plagued OKC

The Raptors, on the heels of a demoralizing loss to the Heat, look to take advantage against an injury-riddled Thunder team.

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Team Records: OKC 1-3; TOR 2-1.

Where to watch: TSN2, tip-off at 7:30.

After a disappointing game against Miami, the OKC Thunder coming to town is exactly what the doctor ordered for a Raptors squad still working out the prescription for sustained success. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson, in particular, have looked notably poor, and we'll look to see if they can get integrated on the offensive end of the court as we enter the second week of the campaign.

Just a week ago, even with an injured Kevin Durant, you wouldn't have chalked up a home date against the Thunder as a probable win. However, OKC has been absolutely decimated by injuries to begin the season. Durant, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Morrow, Jeremy Lamb, and now Andre Roberson will all miss tonight's game, while Reggie Jackson is just returning from his own injury.

Oklahoma City will be looking to limit the damage done to them in the standings as they await reinforcements. Despite two lopsided losses to Portland (with Westbrook) and Brooklyn, they were fairly competitive in a 93-90 loss to the Clippers and actually beat the Denver Nuggets. Players like Perry Jones and Serge Ibaka have been carrying the load for them offensively, and will still be a tough cover for the Raps. However, OKC will be on the second night of a back-to-back with an undermanned roster; this would be a hugely disappointing game to lose.

UPDATE: The latest word is that Amir Johnson, who missed Sunday's game against Miami, will not be playing tonight or tomorrow in Boston. Make of that what you will.

Enjoy the game, and discuss away!