After losing to the Bulls for eleventy billions years in a row, it’s understandable if you don’t want to trust the mini two-game win streak the Raptors hold over their tormentors. Two wins — one of which came in overtime — could very well be an outlier. What if the 117-100 season-opening win Toronto picked up over Chicago is the last such victory for another eleventy billion years?
A win tonight would go a long way towards proving that the Bulls curse has in fact been lifted. A loss, and there will be far greater worries than some silly curse.
The Raptors have an opportunity to bounce back from Sunday’s disappointment against the Wizards. It’s a chance for the starting five to once again prove their value; for Dwane Casey to redeem some iffy substitution patterns. Against a Bulls team largely bereft of meaningful talent, this could be an ointment for the minor blemishes the team is sorting through.
Expect the Raptors to have all hands on deck. Knock on wood, but there have been no suggestions of anyone else on the team coming down with the bug that afflicted C.J. Miles last week. Even Bruno Caboclo and Alfonzo McKinnie are with the club after being yo-yoed to the G-League this afternoon.
Check out the preview from Daniel Reynolds here, keep up with the action in the comments below, and follow @RaptorsHQ on Twitter during the game.
Where to Watch:
7:30 p.m. EST
Toronto - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Chicago - Justin Holiday, Jerian Grant, Paul Zipser, Lauri Markkanen, Robin Lopez
Toronto - None
Chicago - Nikola Mirotic, Cameron Payne, Zach LaVine, David Nwaba