Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray
San Antonio: Tony Parker, Daniel Green, Richard Jefferson, DeJuan Blair, Tim Duncan
Toronto: Linas Kleiza, Jerryd Bayless and Andrea Bargnani are all out tonight.
San Antonio: T.J. Ford is out until March.
Everybody’s talking about how hot the New York Knicks are with Jeremy Lin, but they’re not the hottest team in the NBA right now. That would be the San Antonio Spurs, who ride an eight-game winning streak and a 20-9 record into the Air Canada Centre tonight.
There’s a lot to like about this Spurs team. We all know about their big three of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili, but this is an extremely deep team, as well. The Spurs have 10 players who average at least seven points per game — the Raptors have seven players with that average. And while everybody is raving about Linsanity, Tony Parker remains one of the top point guards in the games with his averages of 18.5 points and 7.6 assists per game.
Jose Calderon has been leading the Raptors over the last couple of games, but his hot streak might end tonight. In his previous game against Parker and the Spurs last February, he scored just six points on 3-for-9 shooting.
In honor of Manu Ginobili — one of the game’s great floppers — here’s “Flop So Hard”: