Yes, the poor Clippers have been decimated by injuries, with two starters down for the long-term in Patrick Beverley and Blake Griffin. Scoring forward Danilo Gallinari will also sit this one out, dealing with a recurring glute (not flute) injury.
#Clippers will be without Danilo Gallinari tonight - missed 13 games with a flute injury and suffered a setback after just two games— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) December 12, 2017
They will, meanwhile, be with the services of Milos Teodosic, a passing mixtape artist who’s been sitting since early in the year with plantar fascia. With all this movement, it’s somewhat appropriate that the Clips are 9-15, and already being written off by The Experts™.
On the other side of the emotional spectrum, the fun and good Raptors are tearing through an easy portion of their schedule. December was lined up to be a cakewalk, and so far, barring a few hiccups, it has been. Toronto is looking great on the court — DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka combined for 45 yesterday against Sacramento — and even better in chart form. Peep this synergistic analysis:
Where does that leave us tonight? As that famous man side: just win, baby. Read Dylan Litman’s full game preview here, then travel below into the murky comments section.
Where to Watch
Raptors – Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Clippers – Milos Teodosic, Austin Rivers, Sindarius Thornwell, Wesley Johnson, DeAndre Jordan
Raptors – Delon Wright (shoulder), Lucas Nogueira (calf)
Clippers – Blake Griffin (knee), Patrick Beverley (knee), Danilo Gallinari (glute contusion - ouch!)