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The Raptors hit the 20-game mark against the magic on Sunday.It’s not necessarily a must, but

Game 20 of the season has never been a must-have for a team, however, it feels like Sunday’s bias versus magic is one for the Raptors : Gone 8-start 6-1, had just won an inspiring shorthanded win over the Pacers and the rotating parts of the team seemed to fit

Three games, three defeats and a really embarrassing defensive performance against the Kings on Friday night later, and the Raptors sit 7-12, barely clinging to a positive point differential and missing two of their top five players The difference in the ranking between 7- 13 and 8-12 is just a single game, but it sure feels like half a dozen especially when you take into account conventional NBA wisdom that 20 games is about what it takes to get a one team into get a grip

The thing is, it doesn’t even seem like the Raptors have an overview of who they are right now, whack-a-mole injuries and roller coaster appearances from Terence Davis, Chris Boucher and Aron Baynes have the rotation of Nick Nurse Flooded Toronto enters this game after using a different starting line-up in six straight games they’re going to break that trend tonight if Davis pulls out – although a seventh new start five in a row would have been nice if he was Davis Yuta Watanabe, Stanley Johnson, and DeAndre ‘Bembry would have been preferable to this place for more than one reason

One can only hope that the trend we saw late in the Kings came as the Raptors attempted another faux comeback continues to gain momentum in today’s game Davis is a poor decision maker whose defense is worth Definitely undermining his rating Watanabe, Johnson and Bembry are limited but they are also adults joining the Raptors on either end of the floor – they had a reputation for shutting down on Friday while Davis was on for most of the second half Sitting on a Bench If this trio can work their way further into Nurse’s plans and get Davis further out of them, it will be as exciting an outcome as an actual win

A win over Orlando, coupled with a smarter, less insane rotation, would greatly ease the desperation that is currently sinking into the Raptors’ fan base, as Toronto’s second 10-game portion of the season draws to a close after a loss could be Friday night topped as the low point of the team’s season

Orlando – Al-Farouq Aminu (knees out), Michael Carter-Williams (feet out), Markelle Fultz (knees out for the season), Jonathan Isaac (knees out for the season), Chuma Okeke (knees out) out )

Toronto – Norman Powell (Quad-Out), OG Anunoby (Calf-Out), Patrick McCaw (Knee-Out)

Magic vs Raptors

World News – CA – Game Thread: Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic

Source: https://www.raptorshq.com/2021/1/31/22259217/game-thread-toronto-raptors-vs-orlando-magic-preview-injuries-tv-watch