You've probably heard about the brutal schedule facing the Raptors in November. After today's home game against Milwaukee, Toronto will head out on a four game road trip (Dallas, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Miami) and play 10 out of their next 12 away from home, including a five game West Coast road trip (Sacramento, Golden State, Utah, the Lakers and Clippers).
Thankfully, you don't assign wins and losses on paper, and after two straight wins to start the season, the Raptors have a chance to start 3-0 before their November schedule gets daunting.
Things to Watch For:
1. A more consistent Terrence Ross this season?
In 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's win over Boston, Ross shot 8-for-12 from the field, hit two three-pointers and scored 21 points. While we shouldn't expect this kind of efficient output from Ross on a nightly basis, it would definitely be a huge boost for the Raptors if they can get more of these consistent efforts off the bench from him throughout the season, to really solidify the second unit.
After serving a one-game suspension, Giannis Antetokounmpo returned on Friday and scored 27 points in 34 minutes, including these highlights:
deep giannis pic.twitter.com/4SRdtkxgep— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) October 31, 2015
whoa giannis pic.twitter.com/U1CwzUDwBf— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) October 31, 2015
3. DeMarre Carroll
The early returns on Carroll has been great. The Bucks have a lot of length and size on the wing, so it will be interesting to see what assignment the Raptors forward draws in this one, and continue to see how he alters the equation on both ends of the floor for the Raptors.
Where to watch: TSN2, 6:00 pm EST