Start time: 6:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Rasual Butler, Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson
Indiana: Darren Collison, Paul George, Danny Granger, David West, Roy Hibbert
Toronto: Aaron Gray has been cleared to play tonight after being diagnosed with an irregular heart rate.
Indiana: Jeff Foster is questionable with a sore back, Jeff Pendergraph is out with a sprained knee.
The Raptors showed some good signs in their first win under Dwane Casey on Monday, but the Cavs are going to be one of the worst teams in the league this season, while the Pacers might be a top-five team in the East. Their size could give the Raptors some real problems tonight — seven-foot-two Roy Hibbert should be a tough matchup for whoever is guarding him at any time, and starting shooting guard Paul George reportedly grew two inches to six-foot-10 since the end of last season. With that kind of size, I doubt the Raptors will match Monday’s nine-block performance.
While the Pacers have to be seen as the favorites tonight, the home team has won the 11 times these teams played each other. If that streak goes to 12 games after tonight, I might have to begin considering taking this Raptors squad seriously this season.
And now, some random thoughts…
- Do you think General Managers sometimes make trades just because they’re bored? In my Yahoo fantasy league (team name: Scott Shammscott), I traded Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari for Chris Paul and JaVale McGee today. I have no idea if I came out ahead in that deal, but it felt exhilarating to click the “Accept” button on that proposal. Imagine if it was that easy to make trades in real life. Bryan Colangelo might swap Andrea Bargnani for Corey Maggette one night just for the hell of it, while he’s a little buzzed on Amarone.
- Early-season player averages are fun, aren’t they? Rajon Rondo averaged 1.9 free throw attempts per game last season but he has an incredible 23 free throw attempts in just two games this season. I expect he’ll hit his inevitable cold streak at the line soon and his old timidity will return.
- David Amber tweeted that Drake will be performing at halftime at the Air Canada Centre tonight. I don’t really have strong feelings about Drake, but I can’t really get behind a dude that whines so much about being famous and getting laid a lot. Blogger “Big Ghost” has some pretty funny lines about Drake in between approximately 1,200 N-words, such as: “…that cascading waterfall of invisible dicks that sons fans call his music.”
Season Two of Archer just came out on DVD so I’ll definitely be copping that as soon as I get a chance. If you haven’t caught this show yet, here’s a taste of what you’ve been missing.