- Injury/health report: Amir Johnson’s back is feeling better. Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon will both play tonight. Sonny Weems and Joey Dorsey will both be game-time decisions. Reggie Evans, Leandro Barbosa and Linas Kleiza will not play.
- The Raptors announced that they have signed Trey Johnson to a 10-day contract, made possible by releasing Sundiata Gaines early from his 10-day signed on Monday afternoon. This is the move that was reportedly supposed to happen on Monday, but was derailed after Jose Calderon became ill and the Raptors needed an available point guard for their game against the Grizzlies. Glad we’ve got that sorted.
- Jay Triano said it’s possible that Alexis Ajinca will be on the active list tonight. He was able to go through shootaround this morning. Dorsey also went through shootaround, so that’s some more good news. Amir Johnson told us he has been seeing the chiropractor every other day –same guy Sonny is going to for his back– and that he’s at about 80 percent and feeling better each day. He is no longer getting the back taped and seems pretty pumped about that.
- Amir Johnson said how hungry he is for a win and when he was asked if it’s hard to stay positive as the losses mount, he said:
“Not for me. For me, I love what I do. I love to play ball so I come out every night and I play hard. Just keep playing.”
- Here’s Jay Triano on the Sixers:
“They’re playing a lot better right now. They’re back to running the basketball. Defending extremely well and we’re going to have to make sure that we get back in transition. This is a team that’s near the top of the league in transition points. They run at every opportunity that they can and we’ve got to make sure we’re back and take away easy buckets.”
- Triano spoke about the energy Julian Wright has given and said tonight the team will need a good game from him. Defensively, he will be starting on Andre Iguodala, but could end up guarding Lou Williams.
- On of the toughest parts of the injury situation the Raptors are currently weathering is the lack of bench scoring. With someone like Leandro Barbosa out, the Raptors don’t have a lot of scoring power outside of their starters. In comparison, the Sixers have players like Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young, who are averaging 13.3 and 11.8 points per game off of the bench.
- And finally, a clip to brighten your day (if NBA rookies dancing is the sort of thing that brightens your day)