Raptors Set to Play a Couple of Preseason Games in Canada

Scheduled to play two preseason games in Edmonton and Montreal, the plan is that the Toronto team will host both Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz in these two cities. This is according to a statement released by the NBA on Wednesday, August 03, just as the Canada Series is set to make a comeback for the first time in nearly three years.

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They will kick off in Toronto, whose schedule will star the dominating NBA beginner of the year, Scottie Barnes, as they face Utah on October 2 in Edmonton. After that, they will go on to play in Montreal on October 14; the Raptors will face the high-level Eastern Conference champion Celtics, who are marshalled by the three-time NBA all-star Jayson Tatum.

In a news release, Bobby Webster, Raptor’s General manager, said, “It’s so good to once again be able to play in front of our fans across Canada. It’s a fantastic reminder as we begin a new season that we are Canada’s team, and we look forward to making Raptors’ fans proud, no matter where they are cheering from”.

10-year anniversary

The activities will mark the 10-year anniversary of the original NBA Canada series. In total, there have been 14 NBA teams that have played 14 preseason games throughout 5 provinces incorporating the NBA Canada series. Toronto beat The Golden State Warriors in 2019, which set off a country-wide commemoration, with the team being the only NBA team from Canada.

On April 28, 2022, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Toronto Raptors’ team forward, Scottie Barnes, shot a legendary ball against the Philadelphia 76ers. This amazing shot happened in the second half, while game 6 of the first round was taking place for the 2022 NBA playoffs at the Scotiabank Arena.

Former Toronto Raptors Bruno Caboclo joins Celtics.

It appears Canada has more to celebrate as sources reveal that the free agent Bruno Caboclo has accepted a deal with the Celtics and will train with the team to complete a roster spot. The former Toronto Raptors bust will return to the NBA via the new deal. Although the team’s executive Masai Ujiri has no major draft misses on his resume, Caboclo has bared the brunt of many jokes in the last eight years. However, that may no longer be the case.

The target was put on the player’s back when Fran Fraschilla proclaimed him” two years away from being two years away”. Of all the four seasons with the NBA, the player never got more than spot mop-up duty after the game’s outcome had already been decided. He proved solid efficiency after moving to the Grizzlies, albeit he couldn’t turn that into a long term parlay with the NBA.

After his return from France to Brazil, since departing from the Rockets, Caboclo has applied the ‌practices to his game, which is what he needed to go back to the NBA. One Atlantic Division opponent is going to claim the Toronto reclamation project and give the man a second chance in life at the NBA.

In closing 

After Shams Charania of The Athletic announced ‌Caboclo has agreed to a training camp deal with the Boston Celtics, it’s fair to say that the man has been given another chance to make the dominating Eastern Conference champion’s closing schedule. His major victory was over the Bucks in Toronto, where Toronto won by 42 points. A game in which he scored more than 10 points when he was still playing for the Toronto Raptors.

Regardless of the past, the player is back to prove himself, and that is something to be celebrated, even if it’s short-lived. Looking to the future, the Toronto Raptors have to preseason games to prepare for as they will host the two teams. Who knows? Maybe in the spirit of celebrating the 10th anniversary of being in the NBA, the team might inspire Caboclo by reminding him of his origins, which drove him to the National Basketball Association in the first place, and he may just come out victorious.   

Huynh Nguyen

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