Raptors open western roadswing at injury-riddled Nuggets

The Toronto Raptors are a nomadic group, decamping at a momentary house in Tampa throughout the pandemic and yet they have actually discovered a method to remain competitive throughout an attempting season.

Toronto (26-36) has actually won 5 of its last 7 and argued versus Brooklyn in spite of being short-handed. The Raptors will be checked with a hard four-game journey west, beginning Thursday night in Denver.

After Thursday night’s video game, Toronto will dip into Utah followed by 2 video games in Los Angeles versus the Lakers and Clippers. However the 2019 NBA champs aren’t daunted by the schedule. They are pushed by their current play.

“We’ve been playing pretty high-level basketball for the last few weeks. It hasn’t always resulted in wins, but even like tonight, if we have this type of performance in Scotiabank Arena, we are walking out of there with a win,” Fred VanVleet stated after a 116-103 loss to Brooklyn on Monday night. “We have to keep that in mind as well. This year, we need to be about 10-12 points better than we are most nights on the road and at home because our home games are road games.”

The Raptors have actually lacked guard Gary Trent Jr. because Saturday with a lower leg injury and he will not play Thursday. Neither will Paul Watson, who didn’t make the journey due to a knee injury, however Jalen Harris (hip) is likely. He hasn’t played because March 14.

Toronto will deal with a Nuggets group playing on successive nights. Denver (41-21) beat New Orleans 114-112 in your home on Wednesday night.

The Nuggets have actually kept winning in spite of the injuries accumulating. They will not have guards Monte Morris or Will Barton III, who are both out with hamstring injuries, and they have actually lost Jamal Murray for the season. Even with those problems, Denver is 23-6 because completion of February and remains in a fight for among the front runners in the playoffs.

Denver had another scare in the 4th quarter when Michael Porter Jr. rolled his left ankle on a drive to the container. He strolled behind the bench throughout a timeout and remained in the video game.

A huge factor the Nuggets have actually kept winning is the play of their backup guards — P.J. Dozier and Facu Campazzo, who has actually made the appreciation of his colleagues and coach with his energetic play on both ends of the court.

Campazzo was among the heroes in the win over the Pelicans. He had 13 of his 19 points in the 4th quarter, a profession high in points, and he had 10 helps for his very first double-double of his novice season.

“We’re a good team. Injuries are a part of the NBA,” coach Michael Malone stated prior to Wednesday’s video game. “We talked, as a team, that our goals still remain the same. It’ll be a little harder without Jamal Murray with all that he brings to the table. If you thought we were going to just stop playing and quit because one player went down, well then you haven’t been watching us for six years.”

–Field Level Media

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.