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Raptors vs. Pistons: Let's try to stay distracted together

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There's still basketball... even if it doesn't quite count.

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This is coming to you scrambled, as I've just spent the last couple of hours watching the Toronto Blue Jays falter against yet another Cleveland-based team. I was raised to believe it was a loser city in Ohio, and yet: here we are. Gotdamn.

Nevertheless, the sports show goes on. The Raptors play tonight against the Detroit Pistons. The game is the second last one for Toronto in the pre-season, mercifully. The regular season starts on the 26th, which should give you enough time to recover from this Jays disappointment. Let's get to some bright side news here.

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reported the following from Detroit:

So they're coming around. Apparently the Raptors will play something approaching a normal-ish rotation tonight, to gear up for the regular season. To which I say: amen.

It should also be noted that this game is apparently not being televised anywhere. I can find no listings, not even an illegal stream link, or, er, I mean, so I hear...

MOVING ON. Wolstat is in the Motor City, along with Chris O'Leary of the Toronto Star. Follow them to get some understanding. Then read our preview from Dan Grant.

We're almost home.