Boy, this crazy season sure doesn’t give you much time to reflect after the crazy sh!t goes down, does it?
The Toronto Raptors just beat the Brooklyn Nets — in what was their best and most bizarre game of the season — in New York 24 hours ago, and yet they’ve already flown south and are about ready to take on the Atlanta Hawks! What a time to be alive.
This Raptors-Hawks matchup carries a slightly different weight than those we’ve seen the past few years. The Raptors, one of the league’s best teams the past several years, have won 10 straight against the Hawks, who have not been to the playoffs — or won more than 29 games in a season — since 2017.
Now, though? They’re both 10-12 and looking to stand out from the crowded middle of the Eastern Conference standings. A Raptors-Hawks game that matters? Crazy times indeed.
In terms of updates, OG Anunoby remains sidelined for the Raps; for the Hawks, Trae Young will play, and we’ve got some minute restrictions for Lloyd Pierce to manage:
Trae Young will play tonight, per Lloyd Pierce.— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) February 6, 2021
Onyeka Okongwu will have a 16-minute restriction and is available.
Gallinari will have a 25-min restriction.
A Raptors win — their fourth straight — would have to make them feel pretty good about their chances to keep moving up. Let’s see if they can do it!
Where to Watch:
TSN, 8:00 p.m. EST
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, Aron Baynes
Atlanta – Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, John Collins, Clint Capela
Toronto – OG Anunoby (out – calf), Patrick McCaw (out – knee)
Atlanta – Bogdan Bogdanovic (out – knee), De’Andre Hunter (out – knee), Kris Dunn (out – ankle)