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Toronto Raptors (6-10) at Golden State Warriors (10-8)

December 3rd, 2013 at 8:07 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Toronto Raptors are in Golden State tonight to take on the Warriors. The Raptors have dropped three straight games but still hold a slight lead in the Atlantic Division. The Warriors have struggled lately as well, losing five of their last seven. They still however sit second in the Pacific Division behind the Los Angeles Clippers. This is the first of two meetings between the teams, the other coming in Toronto on March 2nd.

Here are some notes for tonight's game:

  • The Raptors haven't won in Oakland since 2004. Getting a win tonight against a tough Warriors team would be a good start to a three-game road trip for the Raptors.
  • DeMar DeRozan ranks 12th in the league in scoring at 21.6 points per game. DeRozan has scored 25 or more points in five of his last seven.
  • Head Coach Dwane Casey slightly altered the starting lineup on Sunday, replacing Amir Johnson with Tyler Hansbrough. Neither player really responded well to the change, so it will be something to keep an eye on moving forward.
  • The Raptors bench was outscored 72-16 by the Denver Nuggets' bench on Sunday. The play of the second unit needs to drastically improve for the Raptors.
  • The duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are amongst the best in the league. Curry leads the team with 22.3 points per game, while Thompson is right behind him at 21.2 points per game. Both players are also a huge threat from beyond the arc, each shooting it over 44% from downtown.
  • Andre Iguodala will still be out of the lineup for the Warriors with a hamstring injury. The team has said he is getting close to returning and expect to see him back soon.
  • Former-Raptors big man Jermaine O'Neal is averaging 6.5 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game off the bench for the Warriors. 

Projected Starters

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Tyler Hansbrough, Jonas Valanciunas

Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, David Lee, Andrew Bogut

Tonight's game starts at 10:30 pm. ET and can be seen on Sportsnet One.

Let's Go Raptors!


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