The Toronto Raptors are finally back home, and Toronto — naturally! — welcomed the team back with a fluffy white blanket of snow! That’s what you want when you come back to TO after two weeks on the road.
Regardless, it’ll be warm and hopefully welcoming inside Scotiabank Arena, where the Raptors have struggled this season. Tonight they’ll be hosting their old rivals, the Boston Celtics, who have lost two straight. Two teams looking to get their seasons on track? Should be a good one!
Of course, one look at the injury report and the sad face emojis start swirling around your head. The Celtics are without Denis Schroder and Robert Williams, while the Raptors will be missing OG Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr., and Khem Birch.
In other late-breaking news, Goran Dragic has left the Raptors to head back to Slovenia and deal with a family matter, the team announced today. Dragic clearly wasn’t a part of Toronto’s plans, so he’ll be able to get some family time in while the team figures out what to do with him at the traded deadline.
As for who’s on the court? Svi Mykhailiuk will start for Trent as the Raptors try to slow down Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Can they do it? Let’s find out!
Where to Watch:
Sportsnet One, 6:00 PM EST
Toronto – Fred VanVleet, Svi Mykhailiuk, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuwa
Boston – Josh Richardson, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford
Toronto – OG Anunoby (hip – out), Gary Trent Jr. (calf – our), Khem Birch (knee – out), Goran Dragic (personal – out)
Boston – Robert Williams III (illness – out), Dennis Schroder (ankle – out)