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Raptors vs. Bulls Game Thread: Fight the Curse

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It’s Friday the 13th, it’s the Raptors on the road, it’s the Bulls, it’s the preseason. It’s a perfect storm.

Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The last time the Raptors and Bulls faced each other, it was a bit nuts. There were injuries, there was a massive comeback by Toronto, there were startling plays from DeMar DeRozan, there was even a fight. You should remember all these details, even today, because it was indeed a particularly memorable game — and it semi-officially ended a long running curse.

I say “semi” there because, well, as is often the case with curses: I’m not so sure it’s really gone. The Raptors beat the Bulls in their last matchup, and yet here we are on Friday the 13th in October in the gotdamn preseason. This, my friends, is a classic case of tempting fate. The game doesn’t count, both teams just want to get it over with, and yet... I am nervous as hell.

Here are the broadcast, lineup details, and link to our preview. Now let’s nervously follow along in the comments.

Where to Watch:

TSN2 at 8pm

Starters:

Raptors - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam (according to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star), Jonas Valanciunas

Bulls - Jerian Grant, Justin Holiday, Paul Zipser, Bobby Portis, Robin Lopez (According to Rotoworld right now, Zipser is also injured, so who the hell knows with this team.)

Injuries:

Raptors - Malcolm Miller

Bulls - Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Nikola Mirotic, Cameron Payne, Quincy Pondexter, Zipser???

Full Preview for Raptors vs. Bulls is here.