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.
It's official: Steph Curry is active tonight in Toronto tonight. Andre Iguodala playing, Omri Casspi out.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 13, 2018
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.
Where to Watch:
TSN4/5, 7:30 pm
Toronto – Delon Wright, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Golden State – Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia
Toronto – Kyle Lowry (out; sad)
Golden State – Omri Casspi (out), Damian Jones