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San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors

After a sloppy win towards the rebuilding Chicago Bulls on Saturday, the San Antonio Spursreturn house to face a workforce on the opposite finish of the Japanese Convention’s spectrum: the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors have develop into a considerably forgotten contender within the East because of the latest rise of the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards, however they're nonetheless a darkish horse candidate if issues go proper.
They nonetheless have the dynamic guard duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, and ahead Serge Ibaka has been a thorn within the Spurs’ aspect ever since he entered the league. All three carried out properly in a blowout win towards the Joel Embiid-less 76ers on Saturday and can current the Spurs with their steepest problem but on this very younger NBA season.

San Antonio Spurs (2-Zero) vs. Toronto Raptors (2-Zero)

October 23, 2017 | 7:30 PM CT


Hear: WOAI (1200 AM)

Spurs Accidents: Kawhi Leonard (quad), Tony Parker (quad)
Raptors Accidents: Jonas Valanciunas (ankle)

Dejounte’s first huge take a look at

Jeff Teague was a pleasant problem for Dejounte Murray in his first recreation because the Spurs’ temporarily-permanent start line guard (or possibly not?), however Lowry and DeRozan are on one other stage. Irrespective of who he’s guarding, this shall be an actual take a look at for the second-year guard on the defensive finish and a very good probability for him to indicate what all he can do with that critical wingspan.

Rudy & Toronto

Assuming he performs in additional than 51 video games for the Spurs, Rudy Homosexual‘s stint in Toronto for elements of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons will go down has the briefest and probably least memorable vacation spot of his profession. After being traded from Memphis regardless of being their main scorer, Homosexual was maybe miscast because thesubsequent nice participant” who would lead the Raptors to the playoffs after Vince Carter and later Chris Bosh had bolted city.
Regardless that Homosexual set a franchise document by scoring 74 factors in his first three video games north of the border and put up related scoring numbers total, his taking pictures numbers of solely Zero.411 FG% in Toronto had been by far the worst of any of his stops. The Raptors missed the playoffs in 2013, whereas the offensively-challenged Grizzlies made the 2013 Western Convention Finals with out him. He was traded to Sacramento not far into the following season in a transfer that, on the time, was seen as a win-win for either side.
In a means, these 51 video games in Toronto most likely damage his repute greater than every other in his complete profession. They made him look mushy and incapable of main a workforce to the playoffs, and that label has lingered ever since, whilst he was put in a no-win scenario with the Kings. Now that he's with the Spurs, he has an opportunity to redeem each himself and his profession. There’s no strain to be the workforce’s chief or major scorer, and no strain to assist information a workforce to playoffs that has hardly ever been there earlier than.
Now, he can do what he is aware of is greatest and contribute to a profitable franchise that's more than pleased to take no matter he gives, be it factors, rebounds, or just the flexibility to create new-look lineups. With peace of thoughts, Homosexual can simply be himself now as a substitute of being pressured into conditions which might be past his capacity. Hopefully, he's lastly house.
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