Giannis Antetokounmpo is a great -- and unique -- basketball player. Every thought about the Milwaukee Bucks usually begins with him. (A couple of stray ones wander over to Jabari Parker first, or ironically towards Matthew Dellavedova, but we're going to ignore those for now.) For the Bucks to be anything, it comes down to Giannis.
The Raptors meanwhile, have something of an embarrassment of riches. I'd be embarrassed, as a Raptors fan, if it wasn't for the fact that we've never had a team that could be described as such. In the team's last game (against Boston), their prize free agent signee DeMarre Carroll didn't play -- and it didn't matter. The tenth man, Norman Powell cleaned up. Their prize free agent signee this year -- Jared Sullinger -- still hasn't played. Doesn't matter: the Raptors are still finding ways to win with who they've got.
Could Toronto get better? Of course. Maybe Jonas Valanciunas figures something out. Or Pascal Siakam takes a mini-leap. Or Norm gets to play a bit more here and there. The point here is: the Raptors have a lot of different pieces and a lot of different moves to make. Few teams in the NBA can touch them in this regard right now.
The Bucks have a transcendent talent still just rising up. But that's about all they've got going tonight. (Sorry Jabari; not sorry, Matthew.)
Here's our preview for tonight's game from Dan Grant. No other news at this time to report -- though apparently Bruno Caboclo is injured with a sore knee (???). Let's get to the comments.