Vince Carter is in town — have you heard? The Atlanta Hawks’ 21-year veteran, a soon-to-be 42-year-old, is indeed the talk of town once again in Toronto. Why? Because this may well be his very last time playing in front of the Raptors faithful. Sure we’ve already said goodbye to him multiple times — even watched a touching video tribute — but this time: Vince Carter means it. Well, OK, sort of. He may be back next year. We’ll see.
The truth is there is no real reason to care about a January game between the Raptors and the Hawks. Toronto is the best team in the East (and the league), and the Hawks are very much one of the worst. They’ve got more upside — with Trae Young, Taurean Prince, and John Collins — than many other bad teams, true. But at 12-27, the Hawks are what they are, and the facts are the facts.
Given these facts, the Raptors are making some adjustments. One, they’re resting Danny Green tonight, after he did a yeoman’s work over the weekend. For two, it’ll be interesting to see Toronto’s rotation tonight, and how many minutes go to the bench. On Saturday, the Raptors’ bench was terrible; on Sunday it was productive. Against a bad team, in Toronto’s third game in four nights, I suspect the Raptors would like to spread the minutes around. Will they be able to? For three... actually, you know what, there is no three.
Here’s the full Raptors vs. Hawks preview by John Gaudes from this morning. Now, let’s watch.
Where to Watch
TSN National, 7:30pm EST
Atlanta - Trae Young, Jeremy Lin, DeAndre’ Bembry, John Collins, Dewayne Dedmon
Toronto - Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka
Atlanta - Kent Bazemore (out - ankle), Miles Plumlee (out - knee), Taurean Prince (out - ankle), Kevin Huerter (questionable - back)
Toronto - Jonas Valanciunas (out - thumb), Danny Green (out - rest)