The Toronto Raptors make their In-Season Tournament debut tonight against the Boston Celtics.
The Raptors are the only team yet to play in an In-Season Tournament game. Toronto is in Group C along with the Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic.
Here’s the Raptors full In-Season Tournament schedule:
Nov. 17: Raptors vs. Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT
Nov. 21: Raptors at Magic, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
Nov. 24: Raptors vs. Bulls, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT
Nov. 28: Raptors at Nets, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT
The winner of each group will advance to the quarterfinals as will the best two second-place teams from the groups.
The knockout rounds will include the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game.
The quarterfinals will take place on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. The semifinals are in Las Vegas on Dec. 7, and the championship game is in Vegas as well on Dec. 9.
Every tournament game will count as a regular-season game in the standings for all of the teams, except for the championship game. Every player on the championship-winning team will get $500,000 in prize money.
Part of the In-Season Tournament appeal is the different courts that have been used. These new courts are supposed to make the games feel special. Most of the In-Season Tournament courts have been criticized, however the Raptors’ court looks to be the best one yet:
Scary hours. 👀
— theScore (@theScore) November 17, 2023
This court design by the Raptors is easy on the eyes and looks very sharp. Toronto is hoping that they can deliver with a win on these new courts.
Raptors take on Celtics in In-Season Tournament opener
The Raptors are coming off an ugly loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.
They look to turn things around and open up their In-Season Tournament slate with a win. They will be taking on the Celtics for the second time this week. The Celtics won the last meeting on Nov. 11 117-94.
The Celtics are currently 1-0 in Group C Play.
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