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Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards: Strive For Six

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The Raptors dodged a bullet last night at the Barclays Center against the Brooklyn Nets. John Wall (?) and the Washington Wizards await on the second night of a back-to-back tonight.

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Misty morning, clouds in the sky

Without warning, the wizard walks by

Casting his shadow, waving his spell

Funny clothes, tinkling bell

So that was a close call against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. Too close for comfort. DeMar DeRozan (26 points and nine assists) and Amir Johnson (24 points on 10-of-11 shooting) deserve pats on the back. Ditto Lou Williams (25 points off the bench).

It's just a shame the Raptors couldn't put that game away a lot sooner than they did. Blowing a 17-point lead in the third quarter and playing overtime with a team like the Wizards awaiting on the following night isn't the most ideal situation.

Yet here we are.

Washington has been off since Wednesday after a 106-98 loss to the Phoenix Suns. They'll certainly have the fresher legs, but whether they'll be healthier is an entirely different story.

All-Star starter John Wall is questionable with an ankle injury, while Nene Hilario should return to the lineup after missing the Phoenix game with a sore right foot.

Update:

To be fair, Wall hasn't exactly been at his most consistent against the Raptors in recent outings. He's shot 29.4 percent or worse in three of their last six meetings.

This would be the third time this season where the Raptors win six game in a row (Nov. 15-26 and Dec. 12-21) if they can snag a victory at the Verizon Center.

Leave a comment, discuss, cross your fingers, hug your neighbour and enjoy tonight's festivities!