Blake Griffin

If there’s one thing we should all be able to agree on, it’s that we’re lucky the trend of opposing teams’ star players being injured when they face the Raptors isn’t continuing today. Blake Griffin is the most entertaining player in the NBA right now, and if you don’t agree I think you might be watching the wrong sport.

What makes this game even more interesting is that the Clippers just allowed the Cavaliers to end their record-setting 26-game losing streak on Friday so you have to think that they’re going to be pissed off going into this game. Of course, they’re the Clippers and they’re without Eric Gordon so they’re still beatable — if that’s the result you’re going for at this point.

Injury report

Toronto: Leandro Barbosa is doubtful with a strained hamstring, but I’ve just learned from Matt Devlin that Amir Johnson is not only playing tonight, he’s starting.

Los Angeles: Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Craig Smith are all out.

Five questions

1. Do you have a problem with Blake Griffin winning Rookie of the Year when this is technically his second season on an NBA team?

2. Will high-end free agents start to consider the Clippers now that they have Griffin and Eric Gordon or will their bad aura and shitty owner continue to make them undesirable?

3. Is there a player on the Raptors you wouldn’t be willing to include in a trade for Blake Griffin? I’m legitimately curious to see responses to this question.

4. Is there a more meaningless winning streak in sports right now than the Raptors’ four-game winning streak against the Clippers?

5. Is longtime Clippers superfan Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) shaking his head at all the bandwagon fans the Clippers are attracting because of Blake Griffin?

Start time: 6:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN2
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems, Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani
Los Angeles: Baron Davis, Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

I found out recently there’s a movie coming out soon that was originally called “Battle: Los Angeles” (the name has since been changed to “World Invasion: Battle LA”) and I was immediately reminded of my favorite album of all-time, “The Battle of Los Angeles” by Rage Against the Machine. Anyone reading this who knows me is rolling their eyes right now, but I think I’ve shown admirable restraint by not using a Rage song until today. Anyway, today’s pregame song is “New Millennium Homes” — I don’t know if it’s my favourite song from the album, but it’s one you won’t know unless you bought the album.

Comments (2)

  1. Here’s something that doesn’t make sense to me. Everyone agrees that Donald Sterling is a despicable piece of crap right? So how hard can it be to force him to sell the team? Players and agents can publicly declare that no free agents will sign to play for the Clippers so long as he’s owner. Fans can go to games with signs/chants and heckle him mercilessly. Seriously, is there no way to shame asshole owners like this (Redskins owner is another good example) into selling off the team?

  2. Griffin is a guy you can build a championship team around. If he stays healthy, he’s gonna put up at least 22ish-12 for the rest of his career, ie Tim Duncan-like numbers. The Raptors have no one like this, no franchise-player. Vince Carter was the only player we’ve ever had in that class. Bargs had the potential to be a franchise-guy but it’s clear now he’s not.

    As absurd as it sounds at first thought, Griffin + scrubs > current Raptors squad, for a couple reasons. It would be more exciting to watch now simply because Griffin is the most exciting player in the league at the moment and the next huge posterize could happen at any time. And, after a couple more decent draft picks we’d probably have a team that looks similar to OKC – good young core, contender for years to come.

    So yeah, we need to keep on losing and hope that one day our Griffin will come.

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