After equipping themselves admirably against the Magic and Heat in their last two games, the Raptors’ confidence has to be high going into tonight’s game against the struggling Wizards. In spite of the arrival of John Wall and the return of Gilbert Arenas, the 2-6 Wizards have the worst offence in the NBA with just 99.1 points scored per 100 possessions. They’re 26th in the league in field goal percentage, 28th in three-point attempts and 29th in free throw attempts, so they’re living but mostly dying on two-point shots.
Arenas had looked a little rusty in his first four games back from injury while averaging just over 10 points per game, but he looked more like the Agent Zero of old in dropping 30 on the Bulls on Saturday. Since Wall is expected to miss tonight’s game, Arenas will likely have the green light to shoot at will and try to jumpstart the Wizards’ anemic offence.
Toronto: Reggie Evans missed the morning shootaround so he’s probably out for tonight, while Leandro Barbosa will remain out of the lineup at least until the Raptors’ next home game on Friday. Linas Kleiza is expected in uniform, but probably won’t start.
Washington: John Wall will sit out tonight’s game with a sprained foot — which I’m actually kinda bummed out about — and Yi Jianlian is out with a hyperextended right knee. Neither Raptors nor Wizards fans will miss his presence.
1. Should Jarrett Jack, DeMar DeRozan or Sonny Weems get the assignment of guarding a possibly rejuvenated Gilbert Arenas?
2. Will Julian Wright and Joey Dorsey continue to show that they deserve to be part of the Raptors’ regular rotation?
3. Can Amir Johnson stay out of foul trouble long enough to play his first 30-minute game of the season?
4. Does Wizards rookie Hamady N’diaye have a shot of surpassing ex-Raptor “Nobody Blocks Shots Like Your” Mamadou N’Diaye as the greatest N’diaye in NBA history?
5. Does Javale McGee have one of the most attractive moms in the NBA? If you watch this video, you’ll likely agree this is a rhetorical question.
Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Liveblog: Holly MacKenzie on theScore.com and ScoreMobile
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jarrett Jack, DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems, Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani
Washington: Kirk Hinrich, Gilbert Arenas, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, Javale McGee
Your pregame song is “Waiting Room” by Washington-based punk band Fugazi, although I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be particularly cool with their video being posted on a site that sells advertising. Regardless, it’s a good song.