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That’s A Rap #119: Breaking down the 2020-21 first half schedule

The speedy NBA offseason continued with the release of the first half schedule. What started as a five-game West coast road trip in March 2020, will become 61 consecutive games (and counting) outside of Scotiabank Arena by March 2021.

2019 NBA Japan Games: Houston Rockets v Toronto Raptors Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

The craziness of 2020 continued this past week with a blockbuster trade and the release of the NBA’s (first half) schedule.

Russell Westbrook will reunite with Scott Brooks in Washington, while John Wall reunites with former Kentucky Wildcat teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, in Houston, after the All-Star guards were traded for each other. Meanwhile, the Raptors, an NBA team that’s eternally linked to cold weather, will spend the next two months in warmer climates! In addition to playing their home games in Tampa, the only road games in December and January where they’d need jackets, are Philadelphia (December 29) and Indiana (January 24 & 25).

Enjoy the latest episode of That’s A Rap, as the boys break down the first half schedule for the Raptors.

In This Episode:

3:35 — Russell Eastbrook & a Wall is erected in Texas

The Wizards and Rockets swung a blockbuster deal that sent their speedy, rim-attacking, over-priced point guards to each other. Wall will be almost two years removed from competitive basketball when he steps on the court with James Harden (presumably) in Houston. Westbrook heads to his third team in three seasons, hoping to lead the Wizards back to the playoffs.

17:05 — Serge’s comments

Serge Ibaka’s first press conference with the Clippers was attention-grabbing when he expressed disappointment in not reaching a deal to stay in Toronto. Was he fair in his assessment? Or was he not paying attention to the tea leaves surrounding Toronto’s plans for flexibility in 2021?

21:25 — Siakam’s comments

On the flip side, Pascal Siakam’s first press conference sparked something else entirely: hope. He spoke of wanting to bounce back after an admittedly rough patch of play in the bubble. His mind wasn’t completely focused and that resulted in his poor play. With a clearer mind and consistent Rico Hines runs, Siakam seems ready to prove doubters wrong again!

30:25 — Picking our TV Guide games

Only 37 of the 72 games on the schedule were released. Yet, the Raptors have a marquee game seemingly every week. Narrowing the list of must-watch games were surprisingly difficult. Which games are you most looking forward to watching?