Toronto make their return trip to the Bay Area
4. Raptors at Golden State Warriors – March 5, 2020
This matchup sees the Raptors return to where the Raptors finally hoisted the Larry OB…sort of. In beating the Warriors in Game 6 of the Finals last season, the Raptors provided a rather unfitting end to a building that has seen four NBA championship banners raised.
Yes, Oracle Arena has seen its final NBA game, but so too has the city of Oakland. The team has made the transition across the San Francisco Bay to San Francisco proper, leaving behind the sprawling expanses of a parking lot that surrounded the Roaracle for their new digs downtown.
Yes, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins have moved on. And yes, the Dubs will likely be without Klay Thompson for this clash. But a finals rematch is still a finals rematch, and the Raptors first time back in the Bay Area should be special, even if they’ll be playing on a different side this time.
LeBron and AD come to Toronto
5. Los Angeles Lakers at Raptors – March 24, 2020
It’s a big deal whenever LeBron James rolls into town, and the 2019-20 season is no different.
The Los Angeles Lakers as a franchise are volatile, unpredictable and so utterly enveloped in a power struggle that they had to go to the back of the phone book to find a head coach, but wow are they gonna be entertaining.
The Frank Vogel-LeBron-Jason Kidd dynamic should have hit peak dysfunction by this point in the season, but a team with James, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Kyle Kuzma can cruise to the playoffs on talent alone.
Where they go from there is anyone’s guess. Add in the fact that this matchup brings Danny Green back to Toronto for the first time, and you have, as you always seem to have with the Lakers, must-see TV.