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Raptors vs. Pelicans: More DeMarcus Cousins?

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Wait a minute, this isn't fair.

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Much like the Japanese people from any number of the world's many Godzilla movies, one can't help but imagine the Raptors running in terror at the sight of a rampaging Boogie. Toronto was supposed to be done with DeMarcus Cousins. They'd played him twice before (both losses) when he was on the Kings, and they couldn't even swing a trade for him (which I doubt was on the table anyway).

And yet, here we are: Game three of the Toronto Raptors versus DeMarcus Cousins. I don't believe it.

The Raptors are coming off a dumb loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. I can only assume they've gotten themselves good and fired up heading into tonight's game after three days off. Kyle Lowry is still out obviously, and as it happens, DeMarre Carroll will sit too.

The Pelicans haven't exactly set the world on fire since acquiring Cousins, but damn if his pairing with Anthony Davis doesn't cause some kind of fear to grow in the mind. It's as if the showdown between Godzilla and the Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism (MUTO) turns instead into a friendly handshake and a tag team brawl against the rest of the world. In this case, the rest of the world is Toronto. And yes, we're the people fleeing in terror.

Anyway, catch up with the facts on the matter through Dan Grant's preview here. Then settle into the comments (and try not to scream).