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Game Thread: Raptors vs. Hornets updates, TV info & more

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The Raptors return home to take on the surprisingly competent Hornets. Let’s watch.

Charlotte Hornets v Toronto Raptors Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images

The Hornets were supposed to suck more than this! After losing Kemba and replacing him with no better than the third-best Terry in the league, the Hornets seems destined for the same tier of the East as like, the Knicks.

They still might be just that. Wins over the Bulls, Kings, Warriors, Pacers, Pistons and Knicks don’t exactly preclude them from a nose-dive in the near future. And it may start tonight!

Toronto returns home after a mostly successful and entirely inspiring five-game swing out west. They’re still down Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Patrick McCaw, but if Nick Nurse’s Frankenstein ass rotation could pull out wins over the Lakers and Blazers while hanging with the Clips and Mavs, the team whose best player might be Devonte’ Graham shouldn’t pose any sort of insurmountable test.

Stanley Johnson was ruled out a couple hours before game time due to a left groin stress reaction. There’s a joke here that I’m not sharp enough to find right now. Either way, that absence doesn’t figure to matter even one iota.

Enjoy the game! Here’s hoping Pascal Siakam causes YOU to have a left groin stress reaction.

There it is.

Where to Watch

Sportsnet / Sportsnet One @ 7:30pm ET

Lineups

Charlotte — Terry Rozier, Devonte’ Graham, PJ Washington, Miles Bridges, Cody Zeller

Toronto — Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol

Injuries

Charlotte — None

Toronto — Kyle Lowry (thumb — out), Serge Ibaka (anke — out), Patrick McCaw (knee — out), Stanley Johnson (left groin stress reaction — out)