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Raptors vs. Trail Blazers: Keep the Good Times Rolling

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The Raptors will presumably still be without Kyle Lowry, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy ourselves.

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After picking up their biggest victory of the season against the division rival Celtics, the Raptors look to continue the turn around by sweeping the season series against the Portland Trail Blazers at home tonight.

I'm just going to leave these here:

Watching eight minutes of defensive highlights has never been so satisfying. Just trust me!

Serge Ibaka also chipped in with 15 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block and P.J Tucker added nine points, 10 rebounds, three steals and a hell of a lot of hustle. Without the injured Kyle Lowry, the Raptors looked out of sorts in the first half against the Celtics, but a couple of news faces completely changed the landscape of the game, as Tucker and Ibaka electrified the ACC throughout the second half in the 107-97 victory on Friday night.

Still though, tonight Lowry is still out:

Jusuf Nurkic has been able to find some success thus far on a Portland team that is desperate for size and strength down the middle. In two games for the Blazers thus far, Nurkic has thrown up a combined 25 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists, six steals and three blocks on 11-of-17 shooting. Needless to say, Jonas Valanciunas and Ibaka will have their work cut out for them underneath the rim tonight, as Nurkic looks to continue his strong start in Portland.

Now if you haven't already, go check out today's game preview from John Gaudes to get further educated. Then, as always, get in the comments.