Not to be the 36th person in your life to complain about daylight savings time, but for those of us not in Saskatchewan, this Monday was probably a tough one. I know I’m burning strictly on caffeine for the last two days, with only the almighty power of espresso powering my fingertips to write this.
When life beats you up by giving you one less hour of productivity, it’s nice to get something to feel good about in return. Ho! What’s this? The Cleveland Cavaliers are hosting the Toronto Raptors tonight, Kawhi Leonard is active, and Marc Gasol’s starting lineup match is Ante Zizic? Now this is setting the table for a joyous night.
The Cavaliers have been stinky this season, as many expected. The Raptors have gone 3-0 against Cleveland coming into this, their final matchup of 2018-19. While Toronto still has a punchers’ chance at the top seed (two games back of Milwaukee), it doesn’t seem overwhelmingly likely — still, getting every single easy one from here to early April seems necessary if they want home court for the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The next little stretch of games — Cleveland, Los Angeles (who have de-activated), Detroit, and New York — are just such an opportunity. Let’s see if the Raptors can keep it motoring and get their third straight win tonight.
Now, if you really desire a basketball storyline from this game, check out Daniel Reynolds’ preview from this morning. Here are the game details.
Where to Watch
TSN, 7 PM ET
Toronto - Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Cleveland - Collin Sexton, Brandon Knight, Cedi Osman, Kevin Love, Ante Zizic
Toronto - Fred VanVleet (out - hand)
Cleveland - Matthew Dellavedova (out - concussion), John Henson (out - wrist), Larry Nance Jr. (out - rib), Tristan Thompson (out - foot), J.R. Smith (out - personal)