The Toronto Raptors need all the help they can get as they try to figure out a way to get back on the right track and start winning. Playing Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and the reigning conference champions in the Miami Heat doesn't sound like such a cakewalk on paper, unfortunately.
The Heat have largely steadied the ship after a tough start, even as injuries have taken a bite out of their depth. Even with those bumps and bruises, the presence of Butler and old friend Kyle Lowry should be enough for Toronto not to overlook their foes from South Beach.
If the last few years of Raptors basketball and Raptors-Heat matchups specifically are anything to go by, expect a rough and tumble affair complete with multiple physical moments. Will the Raptors come out on top against a team that plays a similar style?
Christian Koloko Injury Status for tonight’s Raptors vs. Heat game
The Raptors will still be without Koloko, who is still recovering from a vague respiratory illness. The good news is that Koloko was seen getting some shots up and doing more on-court work, which means he might be able to get back on track relatively soon.
Bam Adebayo Injury Status for tonight’s Raptors vs. Heat game
Adebayo, who has long been pitted against Pascal Siakam in debates over who the better player is, will not make the trip to Toronto and has been ruled out. Tyler Herro is also not going to play, as he has an ankle injury that will keep the lethal scorer sidelined for this contest north of the border.
Projected Starting Lineups Tonight
PG Dennis Schroder
SG OG Anunoby
SF Scottie Barnes
PF Pascal Siakam
C Jakob Poeltl
PG Kyle Lowry
SG Duncan Robinson
SF Jimmy Butler
PF Jaime Jaquez
C Orlando Robinson
Toronto Raptors next five opponents
The Raptors' schedule includes yet another In-Season Tournament consolation game against the Hornets followed by a pair of tangos with the Hawks. This could be pivotal in determining their chances to sneak into the postseason hunt and overcome a slow start.
Dec. 8 @ Charlotte Hornets
Dec. 11 @ New York Knicks
Dec. 13 vs. Atlanta Hawks
Dec. 15 vs. Atlanta Hawks
Dec. 18 vs. Charlotte Hornets
Raptors injury report
Christian Koloko-OUT-Respiratory condition
Heat injury report