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Raptors vs. Spurs Game Thread: A Real Game Out West

The Raptors are without Jonas Valanciunas, and the Spurs are without Kawhi Leonard, but we may get a better look at what Toronto is capable of tonight.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve been harping on this all day but let us continue anyway: the Raptors’ 2-0 record is a bit Pyrrhic in nature. They played two bad teams, who played badly, and were also without their best players, which makes them even more bad. Still, the result — two Toronto wins — was good.

The Spurs, even without Kawhi Leonard, will never be described as bad. They’re missing Tony Parker too, and they’re still not bad. They’re relying on old man Pau Gasol. Are they bad now? Nope. There’s no way to slide them into that bad consideration, despite struggles with injury and father time. The Spurs are, and continue to be, good.

So then, the Raptors have a challenge on their hands! They’ve played well up until now, but they haven’t had to go on the road, and they haven’t had to play a good team. That changes in 30 minutes when this game tips off.

Good times? Bad times? We shall see. Now get into the comments.

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Where to watch:

TSN2 at 8:30 pm


Raptors - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka, Jakob Poeltl (though our man Daniel Hackett is convinced coach Dwane Casey will start Lucas Nogueira)

Spurs - Dejounte Murray, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol


Raptors - Malcolm Miller, Jonas Valanciunas

Spurs - Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker