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Raptors vs. Nets: It's Too Early for Basketball

The Raptors and Nets go at it, as Toronto seeks to get back on track.

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

When the Raptors play a regular season game at noon on a Sunday, the first thing I think of is Toronto Raptors basketball on the CBC. Remember that? For a brief period, Canada's public broadcaster aired Raptors games — almost all ridiculously early on Sunday afternoons — during the team's short resurgence in the mid-2000's.

If you need a refresher, here's George Stroumboulopoulos on the "B.C. era" (that's for Bryan Colangelo, if you didn't know).

The Raptors aren't on CBC here in 2017, and it's a good thing today's point guard combo is markedly better than T.J. Ford and Jose Calderon, who... sorry George, were not the best in the league.

Yes, the Raptors will again need a big game from Kyle Lowry in today's game against the Brooklyn Nets — and he'll be playing through flu-like symptoms. DeMar DeRozan and Patrick Patterson will both sit again with ankle and knee injuries, respectively.

On the Nets side, intrigue is lessened by Caris LeVert's sore knee, which will force the exciting rookie to sit.

That'll help Toronto, as they seek to win their eighth straight against the Nets. Last time out, Cory Joseph scored a career-high 33 points to lead the team. As it always is with the Brooklyn Nets, the key will be to try to contain Brook Lopez. If the Toronto can do that, everything else should fall into place.

If you need more info on this obscenely early basketball game, Kevin Nimmock has a more intensive preview and was kind enough to drop it in before 8 a.m. on a Sunday. Now, let's put our best foot forward into the comments section.