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.
#Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Kemba Walker’s minutes limit has been ramped up to 30 tonight. #Raptors— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) August 7, 2020
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
Toronto — Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Boston — Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis
Toronto — Patrick McCaw (knee – out)
Boston — none