NBA Canada Series 2015: Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream for Clippers vs. Raptors

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2015

PLAYA VISTA, CA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Paul Pierce #34, Jamal Crawford #11, J.J. Redick #4, Blake Griffin #32, Josh Smith #5, Lance Stephenson #1, DeAndre Jordan #6 and Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers pose for a portrait during media day at the Los Angeles Clippers Training Center on September 25, 2015 in Playa Vista, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Clippers tipped off their preseason slate Friday against the Denver Nuggets, but they're set to head north of the border for an exhibition clash with the Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening.

However, the Raptors won't be playing within the friendly confines of the Air Canada Centre when they host the Clippers. Rather, the scene will shift to Rogers Arena in Vancouver as the 2015 edition of the NBA Canada Series gets underway.

"As the country’s lone NBA team, we are honored to again be part of the NBA Canada Series," Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri said in a press release. "The crowds last season in Vancouver and Montreal were enthusiastic and passionate about the NBA. We look forward to the same excitement for the Raptors in those two cities and our nation’s capital."

Here's a rundown on when and where you can catch Sunday's action.

Game Details

Date: Sunday, Oct. 4

Time: 7 p.m. ET 

TV: Prime Ticket (local)

Live Stream: NBA League Pass

You can view the rest of the schedule for this year's NBA Canada Series below: 

2015 NBA Canada Series
Oct. 10Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota TimberwolvesWinnipeg
Oct. 14Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Toronto RaptorsOttawa
Oct. 23Toronto Raptors vs. Washington WizardsMontreal
Source: NBA.com


Sep 28, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll (5) centre Jonas Valanciunas (17)  guard Kyle Lowry (7) and  guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the media day at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODA
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Whenever the Clippers enter the equation, eyes naturally gravitate to the team's superstar triumvirate of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

But the preseason is about the development of chemistry—specifically, as it pertains to newcomers. And this game has plenty of fresh arrivals on both sides.

For the Clippers, the list is extensive. Beyond bringing Jordan back into the fold, head coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers moved to acquire Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce, Wes Johnson, Josh Smith and Pablo Prigioni over the summer.

"Wes is going to be amazing," Paul said, per the Los Angeles Times' Melissa Rohlin. "[Pierce] is going to bring that veteran leadership, as well as Lance [Stephenson], and different guys like that."

Seventeen years into his NBA career, Pierce is a proven commodity, but consistent production from Stephenson, Smith and Johnson could be the key to the Clippers' title hopes a year after the team ran out of gas in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets.

Last season, Los Angeles ranked last in bench minutes per game (15.5), per NBA.com, while its reserves shot 40.9 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three-point range. The Clippers bench also registered an average of just six assists per game, a number that figures to spike with so many versatile ball-handlers and point forwards at Rivers' disposal.

Offseason additions could also dictate how far the Raptors go after getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Core staples Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas are all returning, but Ujiri brought swingman DeMarre Carroll in on a four-year, $60 million deal to plug a hole on the wing.

"It’s up to him, massive contract and all, to play within himself, stay in his lane, space the floor, crash the glass, cut into open space and knock down shots when guys like Lowry and DeRozan suck defenders in on drives to the basket," Bleacher Report's Michael Pina wrote about Carroll.

On a team with capable isolation scorers like Lowry and DeRozan, Carroll will need to remain an unselfish glue guy on the perimeter who scores without demanding the ball. Last season, 82.7 percent of the shots he made for the Atlanta Hawks were assisted as he made a living on spot-up threes and back cuts.

Hometown kid Anthony Bennett is also set to make his Raptors debut Sunday. The former No. 1 overall pick is on his third team in as many seasons after getting traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers and bought out by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he'll need to use the preseason as a platform to show he can contribute on a regular basis down the line.

It may be hard for Bennett to find a niche, with veterans Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola slotted in ahead of him at power forward, but if he's able to parlay his athleticism and upside into solid exhibition results, head coach Dwane Casey may give Bennett a longer look once the regular season starts.

All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com unless noted otherwise.


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