Team Records: Golden State 44-10, Toronto 37-20
Where to Watch: TSN
After getting LeBron'd (42 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists) in Cleveland last night, the Warriors roll into the ACC to take on a reeling Raptors team tonight coming off a disappointing loss in Dallas on Tuesday night.
Of course it's going to take a full, four quarter performance at both ends to keep up with Golden State and challenge for a win. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan will need to rise to the challenge against the Splash Brothers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, just as they did during last season's meeting in Toronto on March 2nd.
While Curry and Thompson can be unstoppable at times, the Raps can grab the edge if they can get their bigs going early to gain an advantage over Draymond Green, David Lee and Andrew Bogut. If Jonas Valanciunas can hit his first few shots and get Bogut into foul trouble, the Raptors should be able to exploit the defensive weaknesses of David Lee and Mareese Speights.
It should be noted that while the Warriors are known for their ultra potent offence, their defence has also been the best in the Association for nearly the entire season. To keep pace, the Raps will need to stop the hero-ball tendencies of Lowry, DeRozan and Lou Williams jacking up awful mid-range shots and get back to playing team basketball, swinging the ball around the perimeter and getting motion from everybody on the court.
So do you think the Raptors will be able to break out of their mini-slump against the league's best?