Start time: 9:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson
Phoenix: Steve Nash, Ronnie Price, Grant Hill, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat

Injury report

Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is questionable for tonight.

Phoenix: No injuries reported.

What a tremendously depressing game this is. The Raptors are depressing because they’re tied with the Hornets for the NBA’s longest ongoing losing streak (at eight games) and the Suns are depressing because Steve Nash is being wasted on a pitiful Suns squad. Nash is still awesome and Marcin Gortat is now unquestionably a top 10 center, but there’s a huge dropoff in talent after those two. Their third-best player is either Jared Dudley or Markieff Morris.

The Raptors really, really, really need Andrea Bargnani to return to the starting lineup soon. You already knew that, but did you also know that the Raptors are averaging a league-worst 19.3 points in the first quarter? They don’t have a “go-to” guy who is likely to get hot early and stake the team to an early lead. It may be faint praise to say that anyone is the MVP on this suckhole team, but there’s no longer any question that Bargnani is the MVP of this team. And no, I never thought I would type, say or even think those words in that particular sequence.

Random thoughts…

  • Is it weird that I’m happy that Jerryd Bayless is back? I just enjoy watching him play. I don’t know if he’ll ever be a starter on a winning team, though.
  • As a Jays fan, I’m perfectly fine with Alex Anthopoulos not trying to top the nine-year, $214-million contract that Prince Fielder just signed with the Tigers. That deal is probably going to look really ugly by the sixth year, if not sooner.
  • I’m surprised it’s taken me this long into the season to share a “That Mitchell and Webb Look” video with y’all in these posts but now that I’ve remembered that show, you’ll be seeing a lot of these.