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

The Raptors look to make a statement against Kawhi Leonard’s old team in San Antonio. And they say hello to old friend, DeMar DeRozan. Let’s watch.

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Kawhi Leonard is a Raptor. Kawhi Leonard is not a San Antonio Spur.

DeMar DeRozan is a Spur. DeMar DeRozan is not a Raptor.

These are the realities that we live in now and the day has finally come where one of the two mentioned above will return to a former home in what will most likely be diametric opposite receptions. I say probably because San Antonio should 1,000 percent not boo Kawhi Leonard upon his return to the AT&T Center tonight, but they almost certainly will. San Antonio should also absolutely have a video tribute for Leonard, but will they? My gut says no. (They will, of course, have one for Danny Green; but that’s a different story.)

Will any of this matter to Kawhi once he steps foot on the basketball court? Externally? Not a damn chance. As Kyle Lowry (upgraded from doubtful to questionable for tonight) would probably say, this is just another regular season game in January.

Speaking of games in January, the Raptors are coming into this one on the back of a massive win against the Jazz on New Year’s Day. Pascal Siakam had himself a career night with 28 points, Norman Powell looked great, and Kawhi poured in a career-high 45 points without hitting a single three-pointer. Perhaps it was this final stat that gave us this wonderful tweet.

Looking forward to Kawhi dropping 70 tonight. Here are the details so you don’t miss it.

Where To Watch:

Sportsnet ONE, 8:00 PM EST


Toronto - Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka

San Antonio - Derrick White, Bryn Forbes, DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, LaMarcus Aldridge


Toronto - Kyle Lowry (back - questionable), Jonas Valanciunas (thumb - out)

San Antonio - Rudy Gay (wrist - day to day), DeJounte Murray (knee - out)