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

Remember when the Hornets tormented the Raptors? Toronto aims to sweep the season series with Charlotte tonight.

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Once upon a time, the Charlotte Hornets owned the Raptors. It was an inescapable vice-grip, held firmly in place by Gerald Henderson and his mediocre pals. No, it wasn’t as wacky or inexplicable as The Bulls Curse, but scarce were strong showings with the Hornets lined up across from the Raptors — before the 2017-18 season, at least.

Over three match-ups this season, the Raptors hold a +51 edge over their past tormentors. The piddly 123 points Toronto posted the last time the teams played on February 11th represents their lowest output against Charlotte this year. The Hornets, having chosen not to add the pseudo-retired Henderson during the buyout window, would seemingly be at a disadvantage on Sunday night.

That said, Kemba Walker is always on the precipice of ruining a Raptor fan’s day. Early evening starts on Sundays have also been known to breed a fair amount of weirdness. With that in mind, let’s hunker down and watch.

Where to Watch

TSN @ 6pm EST


CHARLOTTE - Kemba Walkers, Nic Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams, Dwight Howard

TORONTO - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, MALCOLM MILLER (!), Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas


CHARLOTTE - Dwayne Bacon (OUT - illness), Cody Zeller (QUESTIONABLE - left knee soreness)

TORONTO - OG Anunoby (OUT - ankle)