The Toronto Raptors are in Detroit to take on the Pistons and I don’t have to remind you of what happened the last time the Raptors were here, right? Marc Gasol got hurt and left the game. Then Norman Powell got hurt and left the game. Then the next day we found out Pascal Siakam also got hurt during the game.
So while the Raptors are going for their 10th straight win tonight, and are trying to secure Nick Nurse an All-Star coaching spot (one win in their next two, or a Miami loss, will do it) an even better goal might be “just get out of there healthy and whole.”
At least they won’t have to worry about Gasol getting hurt in this one... since he’ll be sitting out after re-aggravating the same hamstring he injured last time he was here. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will also be sitting as he recovers from rolling his ankle last Sunday against the Spurs.
While we’re here, one wonders who from this Pistons team will still be wearing a Pistons uniform a week from now. Both Andre Drummond and Derrick Rose are on the trade block; Drummond makes a lot of money for a fairly limited player, which makes him hard to deal for. Rose fits nicely on a few teams that ned guard help, and he is playing well on the offensive end — but he remains a sieve on the other end. Rose is ranked 298th in the league in defensive win shares (Kyle Lowry is 13th, by comparison) and his defensive rating of 112.0 is dead last on his team.
We’ll see if anyone takes a gamble on either of them. The Raptors will see both in uniform tonight as they go for their 10th straight win. Let’s watch!
Where to Watch
Sportsnet One, 7:00pm EST
Toronto — Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka
Detroit — Derrick Rose, Tony Snell, Bruce Brown, Sekou Doumbouya, Andre Drummond
Toronto — Marc Gasol (hamstring - out), Dewan Hernandez (ankle - out), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle - out), Malcolm Miller (neck - out)
Detroit — Blake Griffin (knee - out), Luke Kennard (knee - doubtful), Khyri Thomas (foot - doubtful)