Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Aaron Gray
Washington: John Wall, Nick Young, Rashard Lewis, Trevor Booker, JaVale McGee
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is still out.
Washington: Andray Blatche and Ronny Turiaf are out until later this month.
When the Raptors and Wizards play tonight, it will be the third time they’ve met in 27 days. That is a lot of terrible basketball crammed into a short time period. They’ve split the season series so far, but I have to like the Raptors’ chances in this rematch since they’re coming off a moral victory in Miami and the Wizards are in the midst of a four-game losing skid.
We can all agree that the Wizards are a horribad team, but the Raptors might have the worst rotation player on any NBA roster in Jamaal Magloire. If you’re not familiar with Player Efficiency Rating (PER), it’s a complicated stat that measures per-minute production — a 25.0 PER is great, a 20.0 PER is good, a 15.0 PER is average, a 10.0 PER is bad, and a 5.0 PER is extremely poor and indicative of a player who probably shouldn’t be in the NBA. Only one player this season has played over 200 minutes and has a negative PER, and that’s Jamaal Magloire with his -0.5 PER in 208 minutes.
Are the Raptors really trying to tank this season? If Magloire keeps seeing floor-time, you tell me.
- Word on the tweet is that Joel Przybilla could sign with either the Bulls or the Heat shortly. Did the Raptors even take a shot at signing him? I’ve always been a big fan of the Vanilla Gorilla.
- I don’t know if this Bridgestone ad is actually “funny”, but it features Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, and a sleeping baby, so… there’s that.