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With 13 wins already, the Toronto Raptors will finish off November with the most wins in any month of the franchise’s history no matter what happens tonight in L.A., however, at 7-0 versus teams under .500, the Raptors should be feeling pretty confidence of the win over the 3-13 Lakers.
Toronto will be minus their All-Star DeMar DeRozan who is out indefinitely with a torn left adductor (thigh) tendon. He could be out for several weeks or even longer if surgery is required, but as Kyle Lowry said, “next man up.”
Toronto’s backup guards Lou Williams and Greivis Vasquez have shot a combined for a 49.2 percent from the field, 45.4 percent from three-point range and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe over the last three games while contributing 30.6 points off the bench. They are the next men up in Toronto.
Future Hall-of-Fame guard Kobe Bryant leads the league in scoring at 26.4 points per game, but he’s taking 23.1 field goal attempts which is twice as many as any of his teammates and he’s shooting 38.8 percent from the field. However, the Lakers truly are a collection of parts thrown together at the last minute and it’s hard to blame Bryant for trying to will his team to victory.
Toronto has to take their opponent seriously tonight as the Lakers have split the last two season series with the Raptors 1-1. They must ignore the records and come ready to play if they hope to get out of L.A. with a win.
Tyler Hansbrough back after missing five games with right shoulder AC sprain. Greivis Vasquez moves into starting lineup for DeMar. #rtz
— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) December 1, 2014
The Lakers are off to a terrible start and currently reside at the bottom of the Western Conference at 3-13. However, they have faced one of the NBA’s toughest schedules to-date and have picked up wins against Charlotte, Atlanta and Houston (yes, that’s all of their wins), so they are likely better than most of the other non-playoff teams in the West.
However, recent history suggests the Raptors may not have as much to worry about as some other teams in the Association that do not sport Toronto’s depth. Since the Rudy Gay trade last December that brought in current Raptors Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes, Toronto has been on an unbelievable roll – by local standards anyway.