After last night's drubbing at the hands of Oklahoma City, the Raptors were pretty public in their distress over the effort shown. DeMar DeRozan brought up a players only meeting where everyone talked. Dwane Casey said big changes could be coming to the lineup. P.J. Tucker was as honest as usual about the team's shortcomings.
The best part is — we don't have to wait to see what happens next! The Raptors are in Detroit tonight, looking to pick up the pieces to finish this back-to-back.
Word is still out on what the shuffle could look like tonight, but it looks like Casey will be back to his "play guys who work" attitude. In past weeks, this has resulted in a lot of 905 looks with Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright. It's seen more court time for Tucker and Serge Ibaka. It could mean more opportunities for Norman Powell. At this point, we just don't know.
In their path is a Detroit team who have quietly improved over the last month or so. Part of the mess of teams competing for the six through eight seeds, the 33-35 Pistons have beaten the Cavaliers, Bulls, and Blazers over the past two weeks. They don't have the flashy names of a Milwaukee, Indiana, or Chicago, but they've managed an honourable 19-14 record at home, which is pretty good for their seeding.
Now, let's sit back and enjoy what will hopefully be a more energetic outing for the Raptors. Check out Daniel Reynolds with the extended preview, and then get into the comments.