The Toronto Raptors take on the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
This will be Toronto’s second In-Season Tournament game. The Raptors lost their first In-Season Tournament game on Nov. 17 agaisnt the Boston Celtics 108-105.
The Raptors will enter this game relatively healthy, but they do have one bench player who has been ruled out:
Raptors missing only Thad Young (illness) for game tonight vs. Magic.
— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) November 21, 2023
Thad Young has missed the last two games for the Raptors. Young hasn’t played a whole ton this season as he has only averaged 3.3 minutes per game.
Christian Koloko remains out indefinitely for the Raptors with respiratory issues.
The Raptors will take on a Magic team that comes into this game 8-5 and are tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the best defensive rating in the league.
Toronto is hoping to get key contributions from their top two players in Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes. Both came through in a big way in the Raptors latest victory over the Detroit Pistons.
The Raptors will also need their bench to play well. This is the first night of a back to back for Toronto so they can’t afford to burn out their starters.
Kings could have interest in players like Pascal Siakam & O.G. Anunoby
The Raptors are about to enter an important two-game road trip. If Toronto has hopes for being a playoff team they need to prove that they are better than teams like the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers.
If things go south for the Raptors and they continue to drop games, Toronto could find itself with no choice but to embrace a rebuild.
Two players that are sure to garner a lot of interest from other team especially as the NBA Trade Deadline approaches are Pascal Siakam and O.G. Anunoby.
The Sacramento Kings have been revealed as a team that could target both players down the line.
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