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Raptors vs. Trail Blazers Game Thread: Let’s get back on track, shall we?

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The Raptors are 1-1 after a rough game in Hawaii, of all places. It’s only the preseason, but let’s root for them anyway.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The preseason continues in 30 minutes with the Raptors taking on the Trail Blazers in Portland. The game itself doesn’t mean a whole lot, but I have some questions.

  1. Which back up centre will we see — Lucas Nogueira or Jakob Poeltl?
  2. Who’s starting for good — C.J. Miles (presumably for now) or Norman Powell?
  3. Can the Raptors shoot over 30 percent from three?
  4. Can the Raptors look less than lost when Kyle Lowry (or to a lesser extent, DeMar DeRozan) takes a seat?
  5. Who is going to win the Jonas Valanciunas vs. Jusuf Nurkic battle?

There are probably more questions, but I’ll leave that decision — the decision to come up with more random questions for a preseason game in early October — to you. The need to knows are below. Now get in the comments and let’s get fired up.

Where to Watch:

TSN at 10pm

Starters:

Raptors - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, C.J. Miles, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas

Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Evan Turner, Ed Davis, Jusuf Nurkic

Injuries:

Raptors - Malcolm Miller, presumably OG Anunoby, and possibly Norman Powell, who sat last game with a sore ankle, though he did just get paaaaid.

Trail Blazers - Noah Vonleh

Full preview is here.