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
Channel: TSN

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

Injury report
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas, Linas Kleiza and Aaron Gray are all out
Oklahoma City: No injuries to report

Random Thoughts:

  • 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.

Comments (1)

  1. Why the hell is Calderon playing against Westbrook?! I like Casey but this is an obviously bad matchup for the Raps

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