The Toronto Raptors have a remarkable sense of timing, at least when it comes to health.
With the whole gang back together for almost two weeks now, the Raptors have seen their rotation return to form at precisely the same time as a soft spot in the schedule. It smelled of extended win streak once you saw Pascal Siakam back to elite form — now, here we are at seven games heading into tonight.
Another winnable game is on the menu at Scotiabank Arena, as Toronto faces the 10-win Hawks for the second time in eight days. As good as it looks on paper, though, there is reason for the Raptors to stay motivated. Last time out, they nearly blew a 16-point lead in three minutes flat, as the bench coughed the ball up repeatedly and watch Trae Young shoot free throws over and over again.
There’s also some personnel differences around the edges tonight. Both Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Patrick McCaw are confirmed to be out tonight — the former with a twisted ankle from Sunday against the Spurs and the latter with a nose fracture.
From the mouth of Mr. Murphy:
No Rondae for the Raptors. “Slight sprain,” hopefully back in the back to back, per Nurse.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) January 28, 2020
No McCaw either. Also close-ish and nothing too serious (beyond, you know, a broken nose). But not tonight.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) January 28, 2020
So, with games against Cleveland and Detroit to round out the week, can the Raptors keep bouncing teams under .500 and extend this win streak to nine? Let’s watch... after the game details, of course.
Where to Watch
TSN, 7:30 PM ET
Toronto — Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Atlanta — Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter, John Collins
Toronto — Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (out - ankle), Patrick McCaw (out - nose), Dewan Hernandez (out - ankle)
Atlanta — Bruno Fernando (doubtful - calf), DeAndre’ Bembry (out - hand), Alex Len (out - hip), Chandler Parsons (out - concussion), Jabari Parker (out - shoulder)