Sunday afternoon holds a touch of nostalgia for Makur Maker, the 6-foot-10 forward for the Toronto Raptors. He will be reuniting with familiar faces on the court, reminiscent of his days in the National Basketball League when he played for the Sydney Kings in his native Australia. Two years have passed since his time with the Kings, and much has evolved. In the ever-shifting landscape of NBA rosters, the NBL, and international basketball, change is a constant. However, the essence of the game, the brand of basketball, endures, unaffected by the shifting names and faces.
HOW TO WATCH CAIRNS TAIPANS vs TORONTO RAPTORS
The game will be available on air in Sportsnet One Canadian channel, So, fan’s Raptors fans in the United States getting trouble to find the game on US TV. On the other hand Kayo will cover the game in Australia. New Zealand fans can watch on SkySports Now 4 channel.
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What to Watch For
- The Taipans shouldn’t put up much resistance for Toronto and that should give the Raptors an opportunity to play a few deeper bench players. Expect Gradey Dick to get in earlier than he did in Toronto’s first preseason game. Jeff Dowtin Jr., Makur Maker, and Mouhamed Gueye should all see playing time as well. Dowtin is the one to keep an eye on as he remains the only Raptors player on a traditional non-guaranteed deal.
- It sounds like Toronto will be without Jakob Poeltl on Sunday, giving the Raptors a chance to work on their small-ball lineups for the season. Toronto is likely to finish games without Poeltl this season, so it’ll be important the Raptors are comfortable playing without a traditional center.
- Toronto is going to be content with a few more turnovers this year if it means better ball movement, but the assists-to-turnover ratio can’t get out of hand. Yes, the Raptors’ offense looked good in their first preseason game, but they’ll have to do a better job of limiting turnovers Sunday and into the regular season.
- With a week off between games, the Raptors should look more organized on both sides of the ball but don’t be fooled into thinking this team is regular-season-ready even if it’s a blowout.
Toronto is expected to be without Poeltl, Precious Achiuwa, Otto Porter Jr., and Christian Koloko.