Tonight’s opponent, the Toronto Raptors, is also breaking in a new pair of 7-footers. Toronto acquired Jermaine O’Neal in a trade with Indiana over the summer and he’s joined Chris Bosh to form what could be the most prolific offensive power forward-center combo in the league.
Whereas the Lakers have only sparingly played Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol together, the Raptors have played Bosh and O’Neal heavy minutes.
In Saturday’s win over the Clippers, Bosh played nearly 36 minutes and O’Neal played 33 minutes.
Early in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game, Bosh has played 29 minutes, O’Neal 21.
Gasol has played 24 minutes, Bynum just 18