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The Toronto Raptors and the rest of the NBA will finally return to at least a bit of normalcy for the 2021-2022 NBA season after a year and a half of following strict COVID-19 protocols. Of course, the NBA will still have many precautions and rules in place to try to ensure the safety of all the members of the NBA, but the Raptors will finally be back in Toronto right from the start of the season.
The Raptors will play their first game back in Toronto at ScotiaBank arena during their first preseason game against The Philadelphia 76ers on October 4th. After a very challenging 2020-2021 campaign, Raptors fans are eager to see their team back on their true home floor and the players are sure to get a boost from the home crowd, even if the capacity is limited.
Whether or not the Raptors will be playoff contenders this season remains to be seen, but one thing that is for sure is that this is a young group of players that has a lot to prove. That being said, there are sure to be some very intriguing matchups to circle on your calendar for the 2021-2022 NBA season.
October 20th – Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors – First Regular Season Game in Toronto
Opening night of the NBA season will be on October 19th, but the Raptors season will officially get underway the night after when they host the Washington Wizards for their first regular-season game back in Toronto since Feb. 28, 2020. The Wizards will of course have a bit of a different look this season after pulling the trigger on a deal to send Russell Westbrook to the Lakers. The Raptors will be looking to start the season with a win against a team whose playoff hopes don’t look too bright.
November 7th – Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors – The Nets Visit Toronto
The Brooklyn Nets might be the most stacked team in the NBA and their first visit to Toronto is guaranteed to be a sellout. Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant are all sure to put on a show for the Toronto crowd, but an interesting side story is that this will be Steve Nash’s first game in Toronto as a head coach in the NBA.
December 2nd – Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors – The Defending Champs come to town
The Raptors have had success over the Milwaukee Bucks in recent years, but last season was finally the year Giannis Antetokounmpo was able to secure his first NBA Championship. This will mark the Bucks first time back in Toronto as the defending champs and it will also be a good measuring stick for this young Raptors team to see where they are at in the early season.
February 3rd – Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors – Kyle Lowry Returns to Toronto as a member of the Miami Heat
By now we all know the tough reality that Kyle Lowry is no longer with the Toronto Raptors and this is sure to be the toughest game for Raptors fans to watch this season. The greatest Raptor of all time, Kyle Lowry will return to Toronto as a member of the Miami Heat, and the crowd’s reaction is sure to be the most positive response to a former star returning to Toronto in franchise history. The tribute video on that night is sure to be legendary, much like the nine great years he spent with the Raptors.
March 18th – Los Angeles Lakers at Toronto Raptors – LeBron and the Lakers make their way to TO
After an injury-filled season last year, the Los Angeles Lakers have retooled by adding a third superstar in Russell Westbrook to their already overpowering duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Over the years, LeBron has put on a clinic against the Raptors, but the funny thing to note is the LeBron has not won a game against the Raptors since he joined the Lakers. Will James finally be able to get back on track against Toronto this season?