Sorry if I sound exhausted in that headline, but hoo boy, what a Friday night. It's not often the Raptors of Toronto come from behind against a fully-stocked Cleveland Cavaliers team and actually make the big plays down the stretch. Sure, they rallied against the Cavs early last season, but that was when LeBron and Co. were still figuring things out. Friday night was Kyle Lowry going toe-to-toe with the best, and winning. It still feels good.
Anyway, the Pistons.
The Raptors have beaten them twice already this season; first it was to extend their franchise-best win streak to 11 in a close fought game in late January, then it was an easier time in early February. And now we're here, with the Pistons having made some trades (bye Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova, hello Tobias Harris) and the Raptors looking even stronger than before.
So what's left to say? The Pistons are going to attack like every Stan Van Gundy-coached team does. They'll run you through the pick-and-roll of Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond, and then hope like hell that enough of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris and the aforementioned Harris can hit outside shots. Detroit is 30-29, so that gives you some idea of how that's going.
I won't to you, I'm still luxuriating in that Cavaliers win. I know we shouldn't do that. It was just any other game. Just one of 82. Got to keep things sharp and consistent.
But gotdamn, what a game! You remember when Lowry did that thing? Wow.
Fine, fine, I'll move on. Here's your preview for Raptors/Pistons, courtesy of Josh Santos. Now let's get in the comments and try to get fired up.