After blowing a double-digit home lead and allowing 40 fourth-quarter points against a bad Utah Jazz team, no game can be viewed as an easy win for Darko Rajakovic and the struggling Toronto Raptors. Even the Washington Wizards need to be taken seriously.
Not only do the Wizards have enough scorers to take advantage of a bad Raptors defense of late, but Toronto needed a miracle comeback to erase a 22-point deficit and barely scratch out a win during their first duel in Canada. That was as much due to luck as solid scheming and shooting.
The Raptors are not trying to lose games, meaning their chances of making a run to a postseason spot are fading fast. It's rare to call regular season games in late December "must win" matchups, but this game certainly qualifies as such.
Christian Koloko Injury Status for tonight’s Raptors vs. Wizards game
Koloko remains the only player on the Raptors' injury report, as the respiratory condition that has sidelined him all the way back to Summer League continues to prevent him from getting his second season started properly. While he has progressed to on-court work, his status remains extremely vague.
Kyle Kuzma Injury Status for tonight’s Raptors vs. Wizards game
Kuzma has no injury designation and is good to go against Toronto. the last time he took on Rajakovic's team. Kuzma lit Toronto up for 34 points on 14-25 shooting. Will he put up a similarly impressive performance in this game?
Projected Starting Lineups Tonight
PG Dennis Schroder
SG OG Anunoby
SF Scottie Barnes
PF Pascal Siakam
C Jakob Poeltl
PG Tyus Jones
SG Jordan Poole
SF Deni Avdija
PF Kyle Kuzma
C Daniel Gafford
Toronto Raptors next five opponents
The Raptors' schedule includes games against contenders like the division rival Boston Celtics, but also two games against teams in the lottery in both the lowly Pistons and Ja Morant's new-look Grizzlies.
Dec. 29 @ Boston Celtics
Dec. 30 @ Detroit Pistons
Jan. 1 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan. 3 @ Memphis Grizzlies
Jan. 5 @ Sacramento Kings
Raptors injury report
Christian Koloko-OUT-Respiratory condition
Wizards injury report