As much as I’ve tried to block the memory of last Saturday’s 103-87 loss to the Timberwolves, I still recall what a hideous and depressing display it was. Tonight, the Raptors have a chance at a small piece of redemption against a team with a 2-22 record in road games this season.
To be blunt, if the Raptors can’t end their losing streak tonight, it might not end for a long, long time. Kevin Love is going to get his numbers (or is it NUMB#RS?) but the Raptors still should be able to pull this one out unless Andrea Bargnani repeats his career-worst 5-for-24 performance from Saturday. These are both terrible teams, but I maintain that the Raptors are slightly less terrible — faint praise, indeed.
Toronto: Jerryd Bayless is out with a sprained knee, Leandro Barbosa will be a gametime decision.
Minnesota: Luke Ridnour and Wayne Ellington will both miss tonight’s game due to personal issues.
1. Do you think Kevin Love was unfairly snubbed when he was left off the reserves for the Western Conference All-Star Team?
2. Will Love’s snub inspire him to go into “beast mode” tonight?
3. Now that Linas Kleiza’s season is over, who do you think should be the starting small forward for the rest of the season: Sonny Weems or Julian Wright?
4. Which of these two franchises do you think has a brighter future?
Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems, Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani
Minnesota: Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Darko Milicic
Tonight’s pregame song is “Stay Positive” by The Hold Steady. Easy for them to say…