Well, here’s a game the Raptors might win. The Wizards have a craptacular 1-30 record on the road this season, and that singular win came against — you guessed it — the Cavaliers. What’s puzzling about the Wizards’ road record is that they’re 15-20 at home this season, so it’s not like they’re the worst team in NBA history. Even the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers that went 9-73 won two of those games on the road. The last-place Cavaliers have only won 13 games but five of those were away games.
The Wizards are a perfect example of a team where the sum is much lesser than its parts. Individually, John Wall, Nick Young, Andray Blatche and Javale McGee should theoretically be useful players. In combination, they’re terrible defenders, highly inefficient on offense, and have the fourth-worst rebounding differential in the league.
These teams split their previous two meetings, with each team winning the matchup on its home court. Fans who want the Raptors to keep losing in order to improve their draft lottery position might want to skip this game altogether — although if Andrea Bargnani ends up playing 40-plus minutes and jacking up over 30 field goal attempts, I might start to suspect that something is up.
Toronto: Amir Johnson is questionable (50/50) for tonight as he continues to heal his sprained ankle.
Washington: Josh Howard, Nick Young and Cartier Martin are questionable, Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis are doubtful.
1. Did you know that the Wizards won’t finish with the biggest home-road record discrepancy in NBA history? That honor goes to the 1990-91 Sacramento Kings who finished with a 24-17 record at home and 1-40 record on the road.
2. Did you know that Javale McGee’s triple-double of 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks in a 19-point loss on Tuesday wasn’t the most meaningless triple-double featuring 10-plus blocks since the Raptors have existed? On April 19, 1998, Marcus Camby finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks for the Raptors in a 29-point loss to the 76ers.
3. Between Andrea Bargnani and Yi Jianlian, who deserves the title of “softest seven-footer in the NBA?”
4. Considering the overall basketball IQ of the team, is “Wizards” the most ironic team nickname in the NBA? And did I actually manage to use the word “ironic” correctly? I’m legitimately frightened of that word since Alanis Morrissette ruined it for everyone.
5. Is it wrong for me to be a little embarrassed of the fact that my dad is rooting for Duke over Texas in the NCAA tournament?
Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed Davis, Andrea Bargnani
Washington: John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Trevor Booker, Yi Jianlian, Javale McGee
Your pregame music for tonight is “Prescription” by Washington rapper Wale, featuring John DeBroeck on drums. Have a chill weekend, y’all.