Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet

Probable Starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Brooklyn: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez

Injury report
Toronto: No injuries to report.
Brooklyn: Josh Childress is out with a sore left ankle, while Keith Bogans will see limited minutes, if any, due to a sore knee.

Random Thoughts:
- As Scott mentioned on Wednesday, we’re hoping for a little more interaction among readers within the game threads this season, especially with all of the discussion happening in the comment section lately. There may be nights we can’t even get to posting a game thread, there might be nights where all we can do is post the starting lineups and injury reports, and there may be nights where we go more in depth and rant about something pre-game, but for the most part, over the course of the season, we hope the threads become a place for RaptorBlog followers and all Raptors fans to discuss, debate, celebrate or vent during games.

- Okay, how’s this for coincidences? We all know that the postponement of the Nets/Knicks opener means that the Raptors will now be the team helping Brooklyn open their new arena and new era, but I didn’t quite realize how crazy the timing was. 17 years ago today, the Raptors opened a new era in Canadian basketball history with the franchise’s first game ever tipping off at Skydome…against the Nets. That’s some crazy timing, maybe not this crazy, but crazy nonetheless.

- If you missed it yesterday, NBA 2K13 predicts a Nets rout tonight. Brooklyn is clearly the more star studded team, actually put together a decent bench and will likely have one of the more insane home court advantages for an opener in some time, so it does all seem to be stacking up against the Raptors, but the brief Dwane Casey Era has included few blowouts, so I don’t think a big Nets win would be a case of the Raptors “not showing up” tonight.

- In terms of matchups, I’m really, really looking forward to Kyle Lowry going up against Deron Williams. There was a time, not too long ago, that Williams was often mentioned in the same breath as Chris Paul. Over the last couple of years, though, he’s contributed to Jerry Sloan’s coaching demise and has looked genuinely disinterested on some awful Nets teams, while Kyle Lowry has gone from young afterthought to arguably one of the league’s 10 best point guards. D-Will likely comes out looking for a monster performance tonight, but Lowry is as good as it gets in terms of defending the point. This matchup could either be a sign of how close Lowry really is to the elite class of NBA point guards right now, or an indication of how far from Tier 1 he still is. Don’t bet against the pitbull.

- Two other matchups I’m looking at tonight are the frontcourts and the benches. Humphries can give Bargnani all kinds of trouble with hustle and physicality alone, but if he’s on the ball and focused, Bargnani can have his way against the former Mr. Kardashian with an advantage in, you know, talent. At centre, how does Valanciunas stack up against an all offence, poor rebounding, atrocious defending Brook Lopez? Lastly, the two second units featured in this one could be among the best in the Eastern Conference this season, and should play a big part in how this game turns.

- I’ll be back with some post-game thoughts and observations later tonight. Enjoy the game.

Comments (23)

  1. You can take the Nets of New Jersey, but you can’t take the New Jersey out of the Nets. They can try to change, but they’ll always be the Nets. Go Raps

  2. This can be statement game for the Raps. With them now being on NBA TV stateside, this a perfect opportunity for them to showcase their talents. Especially after using comments made by Hollinger as motivation for this year. Go Raps!

    • I’m hoping that a young team with so much to prove sees this as the start of their opportunity to make some noise this season. This is actually the first of THREE straight Raps games on NBATV in the States. The TWolves game was already scheduled to be on there, but this game was added because of the Brooklyn debut, and I’m pretty sure Thunder/Raptors was voted in as Tuesday night’s “Fan Night” game.

  3. We should beat the wolves tomorrow

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing some signs of life from Bargnani, DeRozan and Fields.

    It’s too early in the season to not be excited even though Colangelo is trying his best to pour water all over it with ridiculous extensions so I’ll save the doom and gloom for when we’ve played through this hellacious stretch to start the season.

  5. Watching stream of it online, in the pre-game they’re just talking about Lakers lol can’t even get some stories on Lowry, Valanciunas, Fields, etc.

  6. Brooklyn Knight? Is that supposed to be their mascot? That might be the worst looking mascot I have ever seen. Looks like a villain from a backyard superhero movie.

    Side note: I typed “Brooklyn Knight” into Google Images and it turns out it’s also the name of a porn actress.

  7. What the hell are these fouls!? Good pass by Bargnani though.

  8. NBA Nothing But America – no Canadian team will ever win in this fixed league. Officiating is so bias in the NBA!!!

  9. Has Casey made any comments about this bizarre “play the entire roster” strategy? I have never seen anything like this before.

  10. On the plus side, the Raptors are outrebounding, outshooting, and out-turnovering Brooklyn, so they’re playing decent.

  11. Does anyone know if tunein radio has a blackout for Raptors games? or games in the same city you’re in? I can’t get a reception on my regular radios due to the concrete walls of my apartment, and there’s no app like in baseball. Every thing I search says tunein radio, but I when I looked online it said the game was not streamed?
    I’m pretty much about to tuneout for the season now.

  12. The boxscore was very encouraging for DD and Lowrey. Not so much for JV, but it’s early still.

  13. Just like the Indiana game, they look very stagnant down the stretch of games and look for Lowry to do it all.

    Tomorrow’s game should tell us a lot about this team.

  14. Nets win the game even without the help from their topscorer? This is a joke!!!
    ok.ok our defense help us claw back to the game…but still allow nets score 100 points?

    Let put defense away and I really doubt about a Casey’s offense set last 6 Mintues…why Jose is on the court;what value he bring on to this team…0.he is routingly blow up by Nets shooting guards and help Nets regain the game.
    Second;what is set Casey try to run in the die seconds who is going to attack the rim how is going to cut;who is going to run the corner ;nothing;I see nothing from the game and raptor do is Pick a roll and shot the 3
    Third;why don’t we use field and Ross more often ;at least they can provide better rebounding and 3

  15. 4th- Spellcheck.

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