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Raptors vs. Warriors Game Thread: Lowry out, and more pre-game updates

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The Raptors won big on Thursday against the Cavaliers without Kyle Lowry. Can they do it again against the defending champs?

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

We don’t have any official stats on this, but as a feeling it rings true: the Raptors are the best team in the NBA at almost beating the Warriors.

Let’s check the records here. The last five match-ups? Close. The Raptors lost earlier this season in Oakland by 5 points, but they had a chance to win. Last season in 2016, a 10-point loss, and an 8-pointer, again... almost a chance. Back in 2015, when the Raptors were really making things happen on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals, a total deficit of 8 points between two games. Hoo boy, so so so close.

But we know that old dad joke by heart too — close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. There are no almost wins in the NBA. There’s a W, and an L. And no team in the NBA has more of the former over the past five years than the Warriors. I didn’t look that stat up either, but you and I know it definitely feels true.

The Raptors will play without Kyle Lowry tonight. He hurt his tailbone on Monday in Brooklyn and since then we’ve had Butt Watch 2018 — no updates as of yet. Meanwhile, for the Warriors, Steph Curry is apparently active tonight. He was shooting pre-game, and while we don’t know how much he’ll play, it sounds like he’s going to give it a go. Good news for basketball fans, but bad news for the Raps, who will also have to contend with Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and of course, Kevin Durant.

Is this the time for the Raptors to overcome recent history and win out against the Warriors? I don’t know. But, as always, let’s watch.

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Here’s the full preview for Raptors-Warriors from our guy Dylan Litman.

Where to Watch:

TSN4/5, 7:30 pm

Lineups:

Toronto – Delon Wright, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas

Golden State – Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia

Injuries:

Toronto – Kyle Lowry (out; sad)

Golden State – Omri Casspi (out), Damian Jones