Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
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
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.
- 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.