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Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors game preview

NBA: Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets are riding high on a six-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the league is so enamored with Boston’s 12-game winning streak that they don’t have time to discuss the Rockets much.

Is this how the San Antonio Spurs usually feel? Because I kind of like it. Flying under-the-radar and winning big is a nice combination. Take care of business in one city and move on.

The Toronto Raptors are 7-5 on the young season and are coming off a one-point loss to the Celtics in Boston. DeMar DeRozan (he of the four capital letters) missed two good looks late.

DeRozan is obviously the stud of the squad, and he’s averaging 25 points per game on 45% shooting overall. He’s jacking up three triples a night, which is double his career average. He’s only shooting 30% from deep so far, but he’s too good of a shooter for those numbers to continue if he keeps working on adding it to his repertoire.

Oh, and he’s getting to the free throw line more often than James Harden so far this season. But all Harden does is flop I thought...

The rest of the Raptors are roughly the same cast of characters on the team during the playoffs, sans one important P.J. Tucker. Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, and Jonas Valanciunas are all still really good players that have great games. Toronto’s bench is loaded with youth and talent. C.J. Miles (or is it CJ Kilometres now?) is a sniper.

For the Raptors, Norman Powell is day-to-day with a hip injury and didn’t practice yesterday. For Houston, Nene is still day-to-day with an ankle injury. This is why the Rockets brought in Tarik Black in the offseason. With Nene unable to be a full-time backup due to age and injuries, the Rockets’ third center is really at 2.5 on the depth chart.

Tip-off is at 7pm CT on NBA TV