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Raptors vs. Bulls Game Thread: Pre-game updates, TV info, and more

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The Raptors look to avoid losing four straight games for the first time in.... a very long time. The schedule gods were kind when they gifted Toronto a hungry, but ineffective Bulls team to remedy the recent the team’s hiccups.

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Ugh... It’s been a dispiriting week for Raptors fans, but this is not the time to point fingers and cast blame across the spectrum. While certain players and decisions have directly led to a series of sub-par performances since Monday’s game against the Pelicans, this is a team-wide issue that will only get better as time goes on.

I personally don’t have access to the Raptors locker room, so I don’t have any cool quotes I can offer — but just from watching the inconsistencies, it appears as though Coach Nurse is simply trying out the lot to see what works. Is this the opposite of what a new coach does when attempting to build a rotation he can trust? Absolutely not.

So, yes, while certain players have to step up their games on both ends, winning 12 out of 13 games is not a fluke occurrence. It takes a combination of talent and skill to pull that off — something I’m not particularly worried about when it comes to this roster down the line.

For a few more details and notes on tonight’s tilt, visit Sean Woodley’s preview from this morning.

Where to Watch:

TSN, 8:00pm EST

Lineups:

Toronto — Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka

Chicago — Cameron Payne, Zach LaVine, Justin Holiday, Jabari Parker, Wendell Carter Jr.

Injuries:

Toronto — Kawhi Leonard (out — rest), Norman Powell (out — shoulder), C.J. Miles (out — thigh), OG Anunoby (out — wrist)

Chicago — Kris Dunn (out — knee), Lauri Markkanen (out — elbow), Bobby Portis (out —knee), Denzel Valentine (out — ankle)