We’re all anticipating a good old dominating performance from Jonas Valanciunas tonight — he always plays well when faced with the reality that someone around the league might be better than him, and thus, would be traded for that person.
Hopefully he actually performs though and doesn’t pull one of his infamous disappearing acts, or worse yet, get into quick foul trouble. The added production he provides in these scenarios should be enough of a boon to spell a Toronto win tonight, if all else goes as planned of course.
Toronto is seeking its 10th win in 14 tries against the Pistons dating back to the 2013-14 season. A win tonight would put them at 6-3 in January, an acceptable mark considering the questions most of us had after the easy December schedule failed to provide enough evidence to convince fans that the Raptors were actually an elite team.
A win would also help Toronto avoid its first 3-game losing streak of the season. So there’s that.
Pre-game injury reports indicate Pistons guards Avery Bradley and Luke Kennard are game-time decisions, however forward Stanley Johnson and Raptors guard Fred VanVleet are questionable. (Update: he’s not listed as out for tonight.) VanVleet suffered no structural damage to his knee as a result of an injury which occurred on Monday against the 76ers. He is considered day-to-day moving forward.
If any combination of Avery Bradley, Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson are unable to play, expect to see a good amount of Reggie Hearn or Kay Felder on the court for Detroit.
Though the news is that two of the three will play:
Check out the full game preview from this morning and then tune in to Sportsnet One at 7:30 pm for some Eastern Conference basketball.
Here are your details for tonight’s game:
Where to Watch:
Sportsnet One, 7:30 pm
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Detroit – Ish Smith, Avery Bradley, Reggie Bullock, Tobias Harris, Andre Drummond
Toronto – Fred VanVleet (out)
Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) will not play tonight vs. Detroit.— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) January 17, 2018
Detroit – Reggie Jackson (out), Stanley Johnson (out), Jon Leuer (out)
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Sean Woodley and Daniel Reynolds go live to preview Raps/Pistons. Ask questions in the comments!Posted by Raptors HQ on Wednesday, January 17, 2018