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San Antonio Spurs (15-4) at Toronto Raptors (7-12)

December 10th, 2013 at 6:41 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Toronto Raptors are back home tonight as they play host to the San Antonio Spurs. The Raptors are coming off a 106-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday after losing five straight. The Spurs have lost three of their last five after winning 11 straight. This is the first meeting between the teams. The other will be played later this month in San Antonio on Dec. 23.

Here are some notes for tonight's game:

  • The Raptors will be without all four of their new acquisitions (Vasquez, Salmons, Patterson, Hayes) as they have yet to pass a physical.
  • Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough is still out of the lineup with a left-shoulder sprain.
  • Terrence Ross will get the start at small forward for the Raptors. This is a great chance for Ross to show what he can do against one of the league's best teams.
  • Raptors big man Amir Johnson is coming off a career-high 32 points on Sunday against the Lakers. Johnson shot 14-17 from the floor and went a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line.
  • Point guard Tony Parker leads the Spurs with 17.8 points per game and 6.1 assists per game.
  • Former-Raptors Marco Belinelli and Matt Bonner will be coming off the bench for the Spurs tonight. Belinelli is averaging 9.4 points per game on 51.9% shooting, while Bonner is averaging 3.6 points per game in just under 13 minutes of play.
  • Canadian-born Cory Joseph is also on the Spurs bench where he is averaging 3.7 points per game in just over seven minutes.

Projected Starters

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter

Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on Sportsnet Ontario and Sportsnet One.

Let's Go Raptors!


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Tags: Amir Johnson, Basketball, CORY JOSEPH, MARCO BELINELLI, MATT BONNER, NBA, RAPTORS, SAN ANTONIO SPURS, SPURS, Terrence Ross, TIM DUNCAN, TONY PARKER, Toronto, Toronto Raptors, TYLER HANSBROUGH

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