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Game Thread: Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics

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The Raptors are the hottest team in the bubble and have locked down the second seed in the East. Still, tonight’s rivalry game comes with something to prove.

Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Winners of all three seeding games so far, there’s no doubt the Toronto Raptors are the buzz of the NBA bubble.

Having locked down the second seed in the East without much drama, they’ve been firing on all cylinders thanks to well-prepared defensive outings and balanced scoring — Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, and Pascal Siakam have all looked close to their best since arriving in Orlando.

Before that plane landed last month, though, many pegged the Boston Celtics as the true challenger to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference. While their play in the bubble hasn’t disproven that, it’s been the Raptors that have out-shone them — with much of that due to a timely win over the Lakers in a marquee spot.

So cue the spotlights once again, as tonight’s NBA national TV broadcast sees these two Eastern Conference rivals go at it. Both will be at full health, with the Celtics’ only notable bit of information being the minutes cap for Kemba Walker.

Walker has been rehabbing an injury with a strength and conditioning program, and the 30 minutes are a step up from the 27 he played against Miami on Tuesday. Walker was not a participant in Boston’s last win on Wednesday over the Nets.

All that’s left to do now is settle in and enjoy. For more setup, check out Satbir Singh’s preview from this morning. Then, get to the comments.

Where to Watch

TSN, 9 PM ET

Lineups

Toronto — Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol

Boston — Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis

Injuries

Toronto — Patrick McCaw (knee – out)

Boston — none