Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray
Los Angeles: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum
Toronto: Jerryd Bayless is doubtful for today’s game, while Andrea Bargnani is out.
Los Angeles: No injuries reported.
How pissed off is Kobe Bryant after getting beaten and outscored by Jeremy Lin and the Knicks on Friday? Raptors coach Dwane Casey has predicted that Kobe will come out like a “wet hen” today, which means that DeMar DeRozan will have his hands full trying to keep Kobe from dropping 40 on him.
The Lakers have lost three of their last four games and they’re seventh in the West going into this game. They have to view this game as a must-win so they don’t start slipping out of the playoff picture. Surprisingly, the Raptors are only the fifth-worst team in the East right now with their 9-19 record — they’d be second-worst, ahead of the Hornets, in the West.
This is the Raptors’ fifth Sunday game of the season, but their first Sunday game in Toronto. They’ve traditionally fared well on Sunday home games — they were 5-6 in those games last season, compared to 17-54 in their other games.
- If you’re not completely burned out on “Linsanity”, here’s something I wrote Friday night on the cultural impact of his emergence.
- What if a supermarket chain’s TV commercials were written and produced by political strategists? I bet they’d look something like this: