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Game Thread: Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers scrimmage

Toronto’s second of three scrimmages comes against the Blazers, with both teams hoping a clean bill of health can vault them into contention this summer.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Though the games aren’t meaningful just yet, the Raptors have to feel good following a Friday win over the Rockets. They showed up after four months off, grabbed a win, and dressed the part of a 2019-20 squad we’ve come to love.

This evening, they’ll move on to the second of three scrimmage games against the Portland Trail Blazers, who enter this matchup — similar to Toronto — with their eyes firmly on early August.

Both the Raptors and Blazers are returning major pieces to their rotation after the coronavirus layoff; two teams that are finally healthy after long-term injuries marred their early seasons.

For Toronto, that includes Marc Gasol, who should get minutes tonight after a healthy sit-out on Friday. They’ve also got a complete rotation around Gasol, Kyle Lowry, and Pascal Siakam — all three of whom missed serious time before the season stopped.

As for Portland, their anemic big man rotation is no more thanks to the returns of Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins — both of whom played in a 91-88 loss to Indiana in their bubble opener.

Nurkic in particular is one to watch, as he’s playing his first competitive ball since breaking his leg in March 2019. The Blazers are banking on him being their secret ingredient as they try to catch the Grizzlies (3.5 games up) and beat a crowded field in the West to a spot in the playoffs.

So yes, both teams want to see their teams stay healthy and build rhythm tonight. The actual results don’t matter yet, but for the Raptors and Blazers, the process has never had a bigger spotlight.

Here are the game details. Let’s watch.

Where to Watch:

Sportsnet, 6 PM ET


Toronto — Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol

Portland — CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, Zach Collins, Hassan Whiteside, Jusuf Nurkic


Toronto — Patrick McCaw (undisclosed - out)

Portland — Damian Lillard (foot inflammation - out), Rodney Hood (achilles - out)