Toronto Raptors open NBA pre-season at Charlotte, face Miami in "home" game
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) looks to drive to the net around Charlotte Hornets forward PJ Washington (25) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, November 27, 2020 5:00PM EST
The new-look Toronto Raptors will open their three-game NBA pre-season in Charlotte.
The Raptors are on the road against the Hornets Dec. 12 and 14, and then face the Miami Heat in a “home” game on Dec. 18 to round out their three-game pre-season.
Due to Canada's restrictions around COVID-19, the Raptors are playing their home games for at least part of the season at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
The Raptors made some key changes in recent days, signing New Zealand-born Aussie centre Aron Baynes after losing Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka in free agency. Other newcomers include rookie guards Malachi Flynn and Jalen Harris, who were selected No. 29 and 59 in the recent NBA draft.
The regular season tips off Dec. 22. It will include just 72 games per team this season rather than 82, and the schedule is being released in two segments. The first half covering Dec. 22 to March 4 will be released in the coming days, while the second half - March 11 to May 16 - will be released toward the end of the first half.
Releasing the schedule in two parts allows the league to reschedule any games postponed due to COVID-19.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020.