The Raptors went 1-2 on their three game road trip, but you will find no complaints from the Dino Nation.
They led in every single game against three playoff teams in Dallas, Orlando and New York and if it wasn’t for blowing a 16 point lead in Orlando the Raptors would have went back to the ACC at .500. Despite the two losses the Raptors have shown fight and have the NBA reassessing their expectations of the Raptors, who were predicted to be among the NBA’s worst this season.
The Raptors upcoming schedule can only provide more opportunity for the Raptors to improve on their surprising start as only one of their next five games is against a playoff team from last season and even then the Sixers are a team the Raptors can beat.
Tonight’s action will feature a Cavs squad the Raptors beat on opening day, but looked impressive against the Bobcats last night, especially Canadian Tristan Thompson who also makes his first appearance at the ACC. The Brampton, Ontario native should be bringing something special in his return to Canada.
With the Cavs being on the tail end of a back to back, look for the Raptors to attempt to exploit the Cavs lack of depth and inexperience as well as utilize their home coourt advantage. The point guard matchup will be a key as Jose Calderon goes against Kyrie Irving for the second time this season, look for Irving to improve on his less than stellar performance in their first matchup. On the other hand Calderon had no problems against the Cavs defense in their first clash and will as usual be a key factor in the Raptors offensive success tonight.
If the Raptors win tonight it will be the first time this season they have notched back to back wins.
Samardo Samuels of the Cavs will not be available tonight due to passport issues.
Tip-off for tonight’s game is at 7 PM EST.