It’s not humorous “ha-ha” however it’s darkly comedian that the pre-game scrum with coach Nick Nurse earlier than tonight’s Raptors-Suns contest was nearly solely about an unruly fool mob of fascists storming the Capitol Constructing in Washington, D.C. To be clear, I’m not smiling about it — however it’s potential to really feel dumbfounded and even to choke out fun on the absurdity of all of it. I imply, what are we doing right here?
Nonetheless, right here we’re; the basketball will nonetheless be performed. The Raptors are in Phoenix with their younger season already off to a tough 1-5 begin. The Suns, in the meantime, have managed to assemble a group that is smart — led by veteran Chris Paul, gifted Devin Booker, and the correct complementary items (together with former primary choose Deandre Ayton). They’re 5-2 and, for the primary time in additional than half a decade, appear constructed to final. What this implies for the Raptors tonight might be bother. Final season, their regular early-season west coast swing catalyzed the group’s complete identification, which made for a profitable yr — disrupted although it was.
And right here we’re, disrupted once more. Nurse said earlier than the sport that Kyle Lowry had spoken with Paul, and would once more previous to tip-off, however that no determination has been made about whether or not tonight’s Suns-Raptors recreation will certainly be performed. It’s after 8:30 as you learn this so my feeling is it’s going to all go on as deliberate — and to be trustworthy: it’s potential to chuckle about that too. What a world.
Right here’s Joseph Strauss from this morning with the more fulsome preview of Raptors-Suns. We’re nonetheless in it. Now, let’s watch.
The place to Watch
Sportsnet at 9:00pm EST
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Aron Baynes
Phoenix – Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
Toronto – Patrick McCaw (out — knee)
Phoenix – None