Call it adding an injury to an injury to an injury. The Toronto Raptors have been given the boot from Tampa for six games with the Super Bowl in town, taking a break from their home away from home already missing the services of OG Anunoby. It would be a down and out kind of mood if the Raptors weren’t coming off a win, as they continued the tradition of embarrassing Nikola Vucevic over the weekend by beating the Magic 115-102.
Tonight? The scene changes to Orlando against the very same team, who added to their growing pile of injuries Sunday as Aaron Gordon left with an ankle sprain. With key pieces Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz already out for the season, the 8-13 Magic obviously have a brutal stretch of games coming up — the Raptors would be wise to not let such an opportunity slip away.
Besides Anunoby being out, Toronto got some good news on their own injury report earlier today, as Norman Powell has been upgraded to available after sitting out two games with a quad injury.
Norm Powell has gone from doubtful to questionable to probable to game-time decision to AVAILABLE in the past 48 hours. Who says momentum isn't real.— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) February 2, 2021
Powell joining the starting lineup grants a bit more normalcy to Toronto’s starting unit, who got an outstanding 30-point performance from Pascal Siakam to earn them the victory last time out.
For more coming into tonight, check out Muad Issa’s preview from this morning. Here are the details.
Where to Watch
Sportsnet, 7 PM ET
Toronto — Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, Aron Baynes
Orlando — Cole Anthony, James Ennis III, Evan Fournier, Chuma Okeke, Nikola Vucevic
Toronto — Norman Powell (available - quad), OG Anunoby (out - calf), Patrick McCaw (out - knee)
Orlando — Aaron Gordon (out - ankle), Michael Carter-Williams (out - foot), Markelle Fultz (out - knee), Jonathan Isaac (out - knee), Al Farouq Aminu (out - knee)