Game day: Rap­tors at Thun­der

Toronto Star - - SPORTS -

CH­E­SA­PEAKE EN­ERGY ARENA, Ok­la­homa City Tipoff: Wed­nes­day, 8 p.m. TV: Sport­snet One Ra­dio: TSN1050

Prob­a­ble starters Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Car­roll, Pas­cal Si­akam, Jakob Poeltl. Ok­la­homa City: Rus­sell West­brook, Vic­tor Oladipo, An­dre Rober­son, Do­man­tas Sabo­nis, Steven Adams.

Key matchup: Kyle Lowry, Rap­tors, vs. Rus­sell West­brook, Thun­der. A pair of premier point guards col­lide. Lowry has been off to a so-so start to the sea­son, shoot­ing 37%, but West­brook has been other-worldly, av­er­ag­ing 30.4 points, 9.9 as­sists and 8.4 re­bounds in seven games. The Thun­der guard was one as­sist shy (in the opener) of start­ing the sea­son with three straight triple-dou­bles.

Need to know: In­jured Toronto cen­tre Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas was to travel with the team but he is listed as day-to­day with knee swelling af­ter sit­ting out Sun­day’s game and not prac­tis­ing Tues­day. He may miss a chance to go against fel­low Lithua­nian Do­man­tas Sabo­nis, the son of iconic Arvy­das Sabo­nis, the six-time Euro­pean player of the year who spent seven sea­sons with Port­land in his 30s . . .

Ok­la­homa City, off to its best start, used a 20-0 third-quar­ter run to beat the Heat on Mon­day and im­prove to 6-1 . . . Rap­tors head coach Dwane

Casey cast his bal­lot for Hil­lary Clin­ton in Tues­day’s U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, cit­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence as a de­ter­min­ing fac­tor. Up next: Fri­day at Char­lotte, 7 p.m. Doug Smith


Rus­sell West­brook is av­er­ag­ing 30.4 points and 9.9 as­sists per game.

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