On seeing the picture I chose to lead off this post, most of you have probably guessed that Reggie Evans will be in uniform tonight for the first time since November 26. Reggie’s a free agent after this season so you can be sure he’s going to play harder than anyone on this team for the rest of the season. Raptors fans have little to look forward to over these final 19 games, but Reggie’s hustle should at least be highly entertaining.

Injury-riddled and reeling from the recent organizational changes, the Jazz are in a bit of a free-fall lately with just two wins in their last 11 games. Tyrone Corbin has been coaching for the last 10 games so he’s not exactly making a strong case for keep that job going into next season. In the meantime, he’ll be trying to make up the two-and-half-game deficit behind Memphis for the final playoff seed in the West.

Injury report

Toronto: Joey Dorsey is expected to join Reggie in his return to the lineup, while Andrea is going to sit this one out because of his lingering flu-like symptoms.

Utah: The Jazz are expecting to play without two of their starters tonight, as Paul Millsap will rest his sore knee and Andrei Kirilenko has back spasms. Their other injured players are Mehmet Okur, Kyrylo Fesenko, Francisco Elson and Ronnie Price.

Five questions

1. What’s your over-under on the number of rebounds Andrea Bargnani will grab while he’s on the floor with Reggie Evans tonight? It can’t be higher than 0.5, right?

2. With Millsap resting his knee, will Derrick Favors be able to capitalize on the opportunity for increased playing time?

3. Could Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward possibly be more frugal than Matt Bonner? Hayward is making $2.3 million this season but he drives a Honda and prefers dining at The Olive Garden.

4. Would you like to go fishing with Karl Malone?

5. Did you hear about the time Jerry Sloan saved a man’s life by shooting a charging elk at point blank range with a rifle he got for $80 at a garage sale? True story.

Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson
Utah: Devin Harris, Raja Bell, C.J. Miles, Jeremy Evans, Al Jefferson

When I found out that Reggie Evans was going to dress for tonight, I immediately thought of using Rick Ross for tonight’s pregame song. Then I checked Reggie’s Twitter account and saw this:

It figures, doesn’t it? Every day, he’s hustlin’, hustlin’, hustlin’.

Comments (3)

  1. Actually, Tyrone Corbin, for better or worse, already signed a contract extension through 2013 with a team option.

    http://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/43119109050867713

  2. Scott and all:

    Very good Bill Simmons podcast guest today: Jalen Rose

    http://espnradio.espn.go.com/espnradio/clipArchive?showID=bsreport

    At 51:41(to 54:25), Jalen discusses Vince and specifically his later turmoil with the Raptors. Very interesting comments about Sam Mitchell and his role in supposedly pushing Vince out the door. The whole podcast is good, and the main focus is the Fab Five documentary on ESPN.

  3. Thanks, Wil. I was unaware of that. That was a major research fail on my part.

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