Can the Toronto Raptors really make up three games on the Washington Wizards in under two weeks? That’s the question still in our heads after another inexplicable, exuberant win — this time against the Lakers on Sunday. Now, we get to see whether they can take that success into another A-tier opponent: the Los Angeles Clippers.
The stakes are the same, though this game does have some of the appearances of a trap game. The Raptors need to win their matchup with Washington on Thursday, no matter how tonight turns out, but can’t look past Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and a Clippers team jockeying for playoff position.
Tonight, they’ll be doing it without OG Anunoby, who continues to rest a calf injury. Nick Nurse was dismissive before the game when asked whether they were shutting OG down, but the sense is that the nagging pain is serious, and this may turn into extended time off for Anunoby.
OG has been ruled out.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) May 4, 2021
Kyle Lowry is also a game-time decision for the Raptors with back soreness, following a 37-point outing against the Lakers on Sunday. That too would be a big loss for Toronto’s hopes of pulling this one out.
Update: damn it. Yuta Watanabe will get the start for Lowry.
Lowry is OUT. No Kyle, Anunoby, Trent, Boucher or Watson vs the Clippers.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 5, 2021
For more on tonight’s matchup, check out the preview from this morning. Here are the game details.
Where to Watch
TSN, 10 PM ET
Toronto — Fred VanVleet, Yuta Watanabe, Stanley Johnson, Pascal Siakam, Khem Birch
Los Angeles — Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac
Toronto — Chris Boucher (knee — OUT), Paul Watson (knee — OUT), OG Anunoby (calf — OUT), Gary Trent (lower leg — OUT), Kyle Lowry (back soreness — OUT)
Los Angeles — Serge Ibaka (back — OUT), Patrick Beverley (hand — OUT), Amir Coffey (health and safety protocols — OUT)