Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray
Houston: Kyle Lowry, Kevin Martin, Chandler Parsons, Luis Scola, Samuel Dalembert
Toronto: Andrew Bargnani will probably return to action next weekend, or shortly thereafter.
Houston: Hasheem Thabeet and Jordan Hill are out.
What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! The Rockets are positively frigid right now as they carry a four-game losing streak into the Air Canada Centre tonight. In fairness, their last two losses were in overtime so it’s not they’re getting steamrolled. But they’re only a game ahead of the Timberwolves for the eighth seed in the West, so they should bring some urgency to their play.
Amir Johnson has been cleared to play for the Raptors, but Andrea Bargnani probably won’t be back until at least next weekend. You might recall that, eight days ago, the Rockets squeaked out a three-point win over the Raptors after Linas Kleiza missed what would have been a game-tying three-pointer with three seconds left in the fourth quarter. Poor long-range shooting led to the Raptors’ demise that game, as they only shot 2-for-17 beyond the arc.
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