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Game thread: Toronto Raptors at Houston Rockets

The Rockets are bad. Can the Raptors improve their preseason record to 3-0? Let’s watch!

NBA: Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Hoo boy, this one has all the hallmarks of a (extremely sarcastic voice) classic preseason matchup, doesn’t it? On the one side, you have the Toronto Raptors, who know what they are, and are looking to give their young, end-of-the-roster guys time to show their stuff. And on the other side, you have the very young Houston Rockets, who have no idea what kind of team they are — other than one that looks to be racing back to the bottom of the league standings (or, if you will, to the top of the Victor Wembanyana standings!).

So — keep your expectations low for this one. Chances are it won’t be nearly as good as Wednesday’s OT thriller!

That doesn’t mean there won't be things to look out for, though. As usual for Raptors fans in the preseason, these games are mostly worth seeing what the young guys can do; even the guys who do make the team won’t get many chances to show their stuff in the regular season, so it’s best to enjoy your Jeff Dowtin’s and Josh Jacksons while you can! (At least you’ll likely be able to see Dowtin in Mississauga!)

Meanwhile, Fred VanVleet is a late scratch for rest, and guess who’ll start in his place: The rookie, Christian Koloko! (That also means we’re likely to get a big dose of Point Scottie!)

Enjoy the game everyone!

Where to Watch:

TSN, 8:00 p.m. EST


Toronto – Gary Trent Jr., Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Christian Koloko

Houston – Jae’Sean Tate, Tari Eason, Alperen Sengun, Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green


Toronto — Fred VanVleet (rest– out), Otto Porter Jr. (hamstring – out), Justin Champagnie (hip – out), Malachi Flynn (cheekbone – out)

Houston – Eric Gordon (rest – out); Jabari Smith Jr. (left ankle sprain – out)