So far 2018 feels extremely comfortable. I don’t mean that weather-wise, because of course it has been miserable outside as of late. And I don’t mean in relation to what’s actually going on in the world because, uh, have you read the news lately? But I do mean in the incredibly specific example of the Toronto Raptors — with them, everything is peachy keen.
Case in point: the whole roster is healthy, DeMar DeRozan just won Player of the Week (again), each and every game brings out an opportunity for some cast of characters, or perhaps a solo performer, to emerge the hero. As of late, it’s been DeRozan of course, or stretches from Kyle Lowry, sometimes Delon Wright, even Jonas Valanciunas. What a time.
The Nets, meanwhile, continue to be cagey but ultimately non-threatening. As you’ll read shortly, many of their prominent players (potentially even more than reported this morning) remain out. And at 15-24, I remain untroubled. Hubris? Perhaps. Let’s watch.
Here’s Chicco Nacion’s preview for Raps-Nets, and here are the latest details.
Where to Watch:
Sportsnet One, 7:30 PM EST
Toronto - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Brooklyn - Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, Joe Harris, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tyler Zeller
Brooklyn - DeMarre Carroll (Again? That’s so unlike DMC), D’Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, Nik Stauskas
Tonight's starters vs. Toronto: Dinwiddie, Crabbe, Harris, Hollis-Jefferson and Zeller.— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) January 8, 2018
LeVert and two-way guard Milton Doyle are available. Stauskas is out. #Nets
Toronto - None