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There were a few surprises to announce before Monday night’s Raptors vs. Timberwolves game. Kyle Lowry was in, Serge Ibaka was out, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was to get the start against the talented (and large) Karl-Anthony Towns. In theory, the new look T-Wolves, fresh off a satisfying streak-breaking win and welcoming aboard a healthy D’Angelo Russell, could have been considered the favourites. In theory. Instead, Toronto extended their win streak to 15 games — a new Canadian professional sports record — with a 137-126 victory. In retrospect: no surprise there.

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The Miami Heat (34-18) are currently riding its longest losing streak, at three games, and will be looking to take advantage of an injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors team. Both teams have only played one game so far with their remade rosters, with the Heat adding Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala to the rotation, and the Warriors trading away D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans, Omari Spellman, Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks at the deadline, and getting back Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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D’Angelo Russell reminds me of Matt Saracen in the Friday Night Lights episode “Leave No One Behind.” Saracen is being berated by Eric Taylor, and he shouts at his coach that everybody leaves him. He asks his coach what is wrong with him that makes everyone abandon him for other people and places. Except in Russell’s case, he has no one person he can scream at for the fact that every team trades him.

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The NBA has greatly expanded its use of replay in recent years, this season even adding a coach’s challenge, whereby coaches can ask the referees to review certain calls made on the floor. But the complexity level on what officials can review and when has increased as new replay features are added. While the NBA has focused on preventing replay from dragging the games out too long, it’s kind of turned into a mess.

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1st quarter:

An almost unprecedented hot start—three consecutive made field goals—gave Boston an 9-1 lead out of the gate that forced Atlanta to burn an early timeout. The Celtics went on to score 24 points in the first five and a half minutes on 9-11 shooting and 6-7 from deep. Tatum accounted for three longballs while Grant Williams pitched in an early five points as a starter.

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In what was a game that the Bucks had circled on their calendar, Milwaukee prevailed and toppled the Philadelphia 76ers last night at Fiserv Forum, 112-101.

It wasn’t the prettiest of starts to this one. Neither team could really develop any traction, and it was nip and tuck throughout. Milwaukee would look as if they were sleepwalking at times, missing cuts and throwing the ball away on a handful of possessions. Other than Giannis scoring, no other Buck was making major contributions. An 8-0 run by the Sixers would be enough to catapult them in front after one, providing them with a 26-22 lead.

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