Five Raptors games to watch this season

TORONTO – The Raptors host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday of their first season opener at Scotiabank Enviornment in two years. Listed here are 5 extra video games to look at this season:

Feb. 3 versus the visiting Miami Warmth:

Thought of the best Raptor of all time, Kyle Lowry crushed Raptors followers when he left for Miami within the low season in hopes of chasing one other NBA championship. Lowry and the Warmth make their first journey to Toronto on Feb. 3, and the ovation for the six-time NBA all-star, and lovable curmudgeon, will probably be deafening.

Dec. 28 versus the visiting Philadelphia 76ers:

The Sixers go to Toronto a full 930 days after the Raptors beat Golden State to win the 2019 NBA championship, and so lastly Danny Inexperienced will get his ring. Inexperienced performed only one season in Toronto, however was a starter within the Raptors’ run to the Larry O’Brien.

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In regular occasions, Inexperienced would have acquired his ring when his 2019-2020 staff, the Los Angeles Lakers, performed in Toronto, however that recreation by no means occurred due to COVID-19. The Raptors known as Tampa, Fla., residence final season — though it wasn’t actually residence — and Inexperienced mentioned he wished to obtain the ring in entrance of Toronto’s followers. Philly visited Toronto this pre-season, however the Raptors wish to honour the taking pictures specialist correctly, within the common season.

Oct. 29 versus the visiting Orlando Magic:

Raptors followers have been perplexed and a few displeased when Toronto chosen Florida State’s Scottie Barnes over Jalen Suggs with the No. 4 decide within the NBA draft. Within the weeks since, Barnes has grow to be a fan favorite together with his high-energy recreation and his megawatt smile to go along with it.

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The Magic took Suggs at No. 5. The Gonzaga guard had mentioned he would make groups that handed on him pay once they meet on the NBA flooring. Bragging rights will probably be on the road when the 2 rookies play in Toronto.

March 1, versus the visiting Brooklyn Nets:

There are quite a few intriguing storylines across the Nets, who’re favourites to win the championships. Already boasting a star-studded trio in Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, the Nets made a number of key low season additions, together with veteran guard Patty Mills. They usually’re led by Steve Nash — a favorite to say coach of the yr — who’s beloved by Canada’s basketball fan base.

Feb. 12, versus the visiting Denver Nuggets:

Nuggets guard and Kitchener, Ont., native Jamal Murray was having a superb season when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate in April. His absence wasn’t simply sorely felt by the Nuggets, who have been dispatched by Phoenix within the opening spherical of the playoffs, however by Canada’s nationwide staff, which misplaced within the semifinals of a last-chance Olympic qualifying event in Victoria.

Whereas there’s no timeline for Murray’s return, there’s a likelihood he might be again on the ground when the Nuggets go to Scotiabank Enviornment.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Oct. 18, 2021.

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