After last night’s feel-good victory over the hapless Orlando Magic, Toronto fans can feel confident about the team’s chances to notch their 59th win tonight against a drowning Pistons team with nothing to play for. Now that I think about it — those are the most dangerous games. Well, shoot.
Regardless — it’s another night of meaningless basketball other than for pure entertainment and one which hopefully stays injury-free. Last night in Orlando shined a spotlight on resting players and why it’s done across the league.
All three of Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet and Lucas Nogueira left the game with various bumps and bruises, and although Powell returned, the scare was a real one. As such, VanVleet and Nogueira are both being held out of tonight’s game as a precaution, while Serge Ibaka will take the night off.
Bullet officially dodged. Just two games left. Please let the season end swiftly and uneventfully.
Before you tune in, prepare yourself by reading all of Ben Scott’s thoughts on tonight’s match-up here.
Where to Watch
Sportsnet One, 7 p.m. EST
Toronto — Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Jonas Valanciunas
Pistons — Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson, Anthony Tolliver, Eric Moreland
Toronto — Serge Ibaka (Rest — Out) Lucas Nogueira (hamstring — Out), Fred VanVleet (Back — Out)
Detroit — Andre Drummond (Achilles — Out) Blake Griffin (bone bruise — Out), Reggie Bullock (knee — Out)