The Toronto Raptors wrap up their five-game Western Conference road trip tonight as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers. The Raptors are 2-2 on their current road trip. They have lost two of their last three games after winning three straight. The Clippers have lost two straight and three of their last four. This is the second and final meeting between the teams. The Clippers won the first matchup 126-118 in Toronto on January 25.
Here are some notes for tonight's game:
- Raptors guard Terrence Ross scored a franchise-tying 51 points to go along with nine rebounds in the first meeting against the Clippers. Ross was 16-29 from the field, including going an astonishing 10-17 from three point land. Ross has the ability to light up the scoreboard in a hurry, but you can bet the Clippers will be locked in on him tonight.
- Clippers guard Jamal Crawford had 37 points off the bench in the first meeting between the teams. He is expected to start tonight and the Raptors better keep him in check or this game could get out of hand early.
- Blake Griffin is looking to become the first Clippers player to score 35 or more points in three straight games since the franchise moved to Los Angeles. Griffin is coming off a 45 point, 15 rebound performance on Wednesday in a loss to Miami.
- Raptors forward Steve Novak is coming off a season-tying 12 point performance on Wednesday against Sacramento. Novak could once again play a big role tonight in what is expected to be a fast paced game involving a lot of distance shooting.
- Clippers guard J.J. Redick missed the team's last game due to a hip injury and is not expected to play tonight. Chris Paul also remains out with a shoulder injury.
If the Raptors want to win this game they must control the pace. Although they put up 118 points in the first meeting, the Raptors were forced to playing the Clippers' style of basketball. The Raptors must first lock down on the defensive end and allow that to dictate their offensive tempo.
Tonight's game starts at 10:30 ET and can be seen on TSN.
Let's Go Raptors!
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