How much anxiety do you think there is in the Raptors locker room before the second night of a back-to-back? Now, how much do you think there is when the team loses the first game? Is it a lot? Do the players admit to it? Or is there enough time to settle the mind and move on?
I like to imagine the answer to that last question is affirmative. There is a lot of unrest in life, and the idea of the Raptors hanging onto the memory of an annoying defeat longer than necessary hurts the heart a little bit. We’ve all experienced bad beats before, but the most useful thing to do is to learn from them and carry on.
The Game Thread is a space to provide an update on what has happened to the Raptors during the day. (And to provide a space for real-time comment, so get on that.) The whole team is healthy again — even Lucas Nogueira is no longer listed as day-to-day — but we won’t know how whole they actually are until we see how they respond to last night’s defeat in Dallas. It’s an existential concern, but it’s all we’ve got to go on right now.
Here’s my OKC-TOR preview from earlier in the day. You’ll note: not much else has changed.
Where to Watch
Sportsnet One, 8pm
Toronto - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Oklahoma City - Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Steven Adams
Toronto - [cries tears of joy]
Oklahoma City - [cries furious tears]