The Toronto Raptors just keep winning games, and are finally drawing the attention of outside observers while doing so. Their latest win against the Sixers may have been their best victory yet, and that follows two victories over the Bucks and a shootout win over Brooklyn a couple weeks back.
The buzz has followed suit: Fred VanVleet as a possible All-Defensive Team candidate, Pascal Siakam returning to his former glory, and Nick Nurse as the ultimate problem solver — willing to ride the hot hand, whether it’s the top guy in his lineup or the 11th.
Tonight, they’ll try to keep the good times rolling, but they’ll once again be without Kyle Lowry, who was downgraded throughout the day with a nagging thumb issue.
Lowry is OUT again tonight.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) February 23, 2021
On the Sixers side, Seth Curry will also be out with left ankle soreness.
Seth Curry (left ankle soreness) will not play tonight— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) February 23, 2021
As for the trend of the Raptors starting small, that will likely end tonight — the team was better playing larger on Sunday and will likely go back to Aron Baynes in the starting five, with a heavy dose of Chris Boucher off the bench.
Raptors will start small again, with Bembry in Lowry’s place, even though they went back to Baynes to start second half on Sunday night.— (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) February 24, 2021
For more on tonight’s matchup, check out Daniel Reynolds’ preview from this morning. Here are the game details.
Where to Watch
Sportsnet, 7:30 PM ET
Toronto — Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, DeAndre’ Bembry, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam
Philadelphia — Ben Simmons, Danny Green, Furkan Korkmaz, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid
Toronto — Kyle Lowry (out - thumb)
Philadelphia — Seth Curry (out - ankle soreness)