Well, well, well... We’re finally on the radar folks. While Dwane Casey did win Coach of the Year last season, the 2018-19 Toronto Raptors — tops in the league — are the talk of the town. Most days, on most networks, you’ll see some mention of them at any given time. This is what we always wanted, and now, most of us are still jaded about the attention.
Attention, overall, is a good thing — some examples include Steve Kerr in Golden State, Nick Nurse in Toronto and Michael Jordan returning to basketball. However, with all eyes on the Raptors — and their very own super-human, spin-cycle human highlight-reel Pascal Siakam — things could get tougher down the stretch. That’s where this team will be tested, and it’s where they’ll have a real chance to shine.
Beginning tonight with Denver, however, the Raptors will endure an arduous stretch of games that include the new-look Philadelphia 76ers, the recently-bested (and now rested) Warriors, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nuggets again, and the Western Conference leading LA Clippers. Over the next ten games, just two teams are below the .500 mark, currently.
Word of warning: Don’t freak out if the Raptors lose a couple games here and there. It happens to the best teams in the league!
The upcoming schedule is full of competitive, driven, and winning basketball teams. December may be the toughest month the Raptors face all year. How they respond will be a great measuring stick as to how they’ll perform in Spring.
However, for a detailed look at tonight’s contest against the Nuggets, check out Gabe Nisker’s preview from this morning, and catch up on all the news from today, including Sean Woodley’s Locked On Raptors podcast — because there was a lot of it.
Where to Watch
Sportsnet One, 7:30 PM
Denver: Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Torrey Craig, Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka
Denver: Will Barton (hip) - out, Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) - out, Michael Porter Jr. (back) - out, Isaiah Thomas (hip) - out
Toronto: Norman Powell (shoulder) - Out