The Raptors haven’t lost back-to-back games in over three weeks, but after losing a disappointing game against the Kings on Friday night, they’ll now welcome the NBA-best Thunder to town.
Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Mickael Pietrus, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson
Oklahoma City: Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas, Linas Kleiza and Aaron Gray are all out
Oklahoma City: No injuries to report
- With the scheduling effects of the lockout last season, the Thunder never made a trip to the Air Canada Centre, so this is actually Durant and co.’s first trip north in over two years (December 2010)
- The Thunder come into this game sporting the NBA’s best record at 25-7, but they’ve only played 12 games on the road, where they’re a disappointing 8-4. Yes, that’s sarcasm, and I’m virtually positive OKC wins this game, but I think the Raptors might give them a better fight than most expect.
- After shockingly sweeping the season series in 2010-11, the Raptors have lost their last two games against the Thunder by a combined 36 points, which includes the 20-point disaster that saw Lowry hurt his ankle in the second week of this season.
- We didn’t get to see it much last time because of that aforementioned Lowry injury, but I’d like to see a healthy Kyle at his best defensively matching up with Westbrook.
- Am I the only one who saw some promising signs from Quincy Acy on Friday night? He probably defended DeMarcus Cousins better than any other Raptors big (not saying much) and showed a good nose for the basketball in getting his hands on some loose balls. I think we might see some more Quincy than we expected to see this early in the season, and he deserves it.