File this one into the "stop, stop, he's already dead" file: the new-look Golden State Warriors decided to do a real number on the Clippers on Tuesday night. The final score was 120-75, at the half it was 71-33, it was a massacre. Klay Thompson went 6-of-9 (nice) from three before the Clips even knew what was happening. And into this wreckage steps Toronto.
The Raptors are humming along at 1-1 this pre-season, after a close win over those same Warriors, and a close loss to the Denver Nuggets. There have been some exciting (Terrence Ross holy shit) and some lamentable (Bruno now approximately six years away) things to see about the team's play. It all doesn't technically matter, what with the playing rotations set to change dramatically, and at least five (if not six) of the players on the end of the bench set to vanish by October 26th. But still, we watch.
Either tonight's game is a Viking funeral for this particular version of the Clippers -- a team, mind you, that the Raptors have owned the past two seasons -- or some sort of revenge game where Los Angeles strives to prove they're still alive.
Come to think of it, maybe we should be paying attention after all.
Now, read up on Harsh Dave's preview and settle in for some late night west coast basketball. The regular season is just around the corner.