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Alright then, on to the Lakers in the Staples Center. Most of you probably think the Raptors don’t stand a chance in this game, but according to ESPN’s Accuscore projection, the Raptors actually have a 10 percent chance of handing the Lakers their first loss of the season. This, of course, makes me think of thisĀ  clip — where Lauren Holly represents Accuscore and Jim Carrey reps Raptors fans.

Luke Walton is questionable for tonight’s game with a strained hamstring, which should affect the Lakers in much the same way a broken nail would affect my opinion of Adriana Lima.

Five questions

1. Is DeMar DeRozan going to try to drive relentlessly on Kobe Bryant and test his healing right knee? Phil Jackson thinks Kobe’s not quite 100 percent and could possibly be exploited on the defensive end.

2. How will Andrea Bargnani fare matched up against Pau Gasol, one of the NBA’s two best big men?

3. Will Reggie Evans and Matt Barnes get into a fight while arguing over which one of them is more “gully“?

4. Do you think Reggie will bring Lamar Odom some Canadian candy like Smarties and Coffee Crisp?

5. Will Jay Triano have another “WTF you gonna do” moment when asked to explain why his team got dismantled by the Lakers?

Start time: 10:30 PM ET
Channel: TSN2
Liveblog: Natasha Alibhai on theScore.com and ScoreMobile
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jarrett Jack, DeMar DeRozan, Linas Kleiza, Reggie Evans, Andrea Bargnani
Utah: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol

Tonight’s pregame song is “Party People” by N.E.R.D. featuring T.I. Hey, it’s Friday so we might as listen to some feel-good music before the Raptors get their asses handed to them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c_cStac_gQ

Comments (5)

  1. Are you trying to tell me the US doesn’t have Smarties??? I guess you do learn something new every day.

  2. Smarties are only available in Canada, Germany and the U.K. Fun fact from the Smarties Wikipedia page: Violet Smarties are dyed with cochineal, a derivative of the Cochineal insect which is listed in the ingredients as carminic acid. It is produced by crushing female Cochineal insects.

  3. Pretty solid effort from the Raps tonight. Bargnani is a massive disappointment for me so far this season with his terrible rebounding. He is so bad out there that I don’t think we can have him in the game during the last 5 minutes. He is just too much of a liability out there.

  4. People just need to get over Bargs rebounding deficiances. He is what he is and he does some good things out there

  5. “Smarties are only available in Canada, Germany and the U.K. Fun fact from the Smarties Wikipedia page: Violet Smarties are dyed with cochineal, a derivative of the Cochineal insect which is listed in the ingredients as carminic acid. It is produced by crushing female Cochineal insects.”

    I think I’d rather not have known that. Not that I eat Smarties anytime other than Halloween, but still. That’s just gross.

    “People just need to get over Bargs rebounding deficiances. He is what he is and he does some good things out there”

    So we should ignore his liabilities which hurt the team because he is what he is? What sense does that make? Just about every player does some good things out there, but if they’re also a liability, then maybe they’re not the best player to be starting on your team.

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