Kyle Lowry is apparently good to go for tonight’s game, despite having sat out the Raptors’ previous matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers with a bad back. But what if he isn’t good to go? What if he’s going to be held out of of the game because the Raptors are trading him? And not just him, but Jonas Valanciunas and Pascal Siakam, all for a couple of crusty, old, wildly overpaid dudes currently leading one of the worst teams in the Western Conference?
Memphis looking for a lot more than Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas for Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr., per sources. Grizzlies asked for Pascal Siakam, but Raptors are not trading him. Toronto willing to put Delon Wright and first-rounder into the deal.— Mitch Lawrence (@Mitch_Lawrence) February 5, 2019
Alas, whether or not the Memphis Grizzlies are making an incredibly transparent attempt to drive up the value of their trade chips, (it worked, Gasol is apparently getting traded to Charlotte!) there is still basketball to be played. The Raptors are beginning a three game road stint in Philadelphia, against an up-and-down, but nonetheless dangerous, Sixers team.
While the Sixers’ lack of depth is an Achilles heel, they can still be very threatening, as was illustrated in their last matchup against the Raptors. With their trio of stars the Sixers can create matchups that many teams aren’t equipped to handle. Back in December, the Raptors were battered by injuries, and thus ill-suited to dealing with the interior scoring of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons; the result was a 25 point Raptors loss. The Raptors will have Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to guard Simmons and Jimmy Butler this time around, but, with Jonas Valanciunas still out of the lineup, Embiid seems likely to once again make his presence felt.
Here’s John Gaudes’ full preview from this morning, and below are the details for tonight’s game. Now, let’s watch.
Where to Watch
TSN, 8 PM ET
Toronto - Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka
Philadelphia - Ben Simmons, Landry Shamet, Jimmy Butler, Mike Muscala, Joel Embiid
Toronto - Jonas Valanciunas (thumb), Malachi Richardson (knee)
Philadelphia - Wilson Chandler (quad), Markelle Fultz (thoracic outlet syndrome), Justin Patton (foot), Zhaire Smith (foot)