For those who waited patiently to see a Toronto Raptors team fully healthy, gelling together, and making their statement in the Eastern Conference — this last week has been an absolute fantasy.
Winners of three straight and blowing the doors off on the offensive end, the Raptors are averaging 130.6 points per game over the streak and will be looking for more today against a porous Atlanta Hawks defense.
The 10-33 Hawks will be working in some new faces, as recently acquired Jeff Teague should come off the bench for stretches in this afternoon’s Martin Luther King Day game. Having a quality backup to Trae Young may help the Hawks relieve some pressure from their young star — ultimately, though, it’s yet to be seen how Teague meshes with this roster.
For the Raptors, the biggest thing to overcome might just be the start time. It’s always a bit strange to have a mid-day start in the NBA, and it almost always shows itself in some capacity on the court — we all know these are guys adjusted to peaking at night time.
Regardless, it’s always special to have MLK basketball in Atlanta, and it’s cool to see the Raptors a part of it. Here are the details for today’s matchup. Now, let’s watch.
Where to Watch
Sportsnet, 2:30 PM ET
Toronto — Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Atlanta — Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter, John Collins
Toronto — Dewan Hernandez (out - ankle)
Atlanta — Chandler Parsons (out - concussion), Alex Len (out - back), Jabari Parker (out - shoulder)