Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Rasual Butler, Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson
Sacramento: Tyreke Evans, Jimmer Fredette, John Salmons, J.J. Hickson, DeMarcus Cousins

Injury report

Toronto: Jerryd Bayless and Linas Kleiza are day-to-day.

Sacramento: Marcus Thornton will be a gametime decision whe Chuck Hayes is expected to miss another 3-4 weeks.

The cavalcade of court calamities continues! Tonight, the 3-7 Kings visit the Air Canada Centre where the Raptors will be playing their third game in three nights. Surprisingly, seven other teams have played back-to-back-to-backs before tonight and the T-Wolves were the first to lose that third game when they fell to the Bulls last night. So… I’m saying there’s a chance.

The Kings are 0-4 on the road this season with an average losing margin of 23 points in those games. You’d think that would make the Raptors heavy favorites tonight, but here’s my counterpoint: last night’s loss to the Wizards. I know, you were trying to block that out, weren’t you?

DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmer Fredette rank in my “top 10 “NB players I enjoy watching as long as they’re not on the team I’m rooting for”. Also, the Kings will probably start three players who are shooting less than 40 percent from the field — Fredette, Salmons and Hickson. If Thornton doesn’t play and the Raptors still lose this game, members of “Tank Nation” can probably stop worrying about the Raptors overachieving their way out of the top half of the top half of the 2012 lottery draft picks.

Random thoughts…

  • Grantland forced some poor guy to watch last night’s wretched Raptors-Wizards game and write about it. The best part: “Before the second quarter began, the Toronto broadcast team discussed a graphic depicting the Raptors’ injury problems. Jerryd Bayless would return in a week, Aaron Gray was two weeks out, and Linas Kleiza would see action in the ‘near future.’ In other words, help is not on the way.”
  • Um, I guess it’s too early to bury Kobe Bryant. He scored 48 points against the Suns last night and did this.
  • I already posted this on Twitter so you might have seen it already, but this mashup of “My Little Pony” and Wu-Tang Clan is spectacular. I won’t embed it here because it surpasses the number of n-words I’m comfortable with for an embedded video on this site, but I will link it because it’s pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Comments (4)

  1. This is a must lose game, the schedule looks pretty daunting starting with the Pacers on Friday so they need to work their way back into the Top 5.

    Outside of Bargnani, this season has been a trainwreck, stop winning!

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