Start time: 7:30 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray
Detroit: Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiell, Greg Monroe
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is out for tonight, while James Johnson is expected to play.
Detroit: No injuries reported.
It’s the rivalry of all rivalries! Which of these teams will finish with the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference? Who wants that top-five draft pick the most? This will be the 21st straight game Andrea Bargnani will sit out with what seems to be a severe charley horse, while the Pistons have a conspicuously empty injured list. It appears the Raptors want it more.
These teams met previously on Feb. 22 and the Raptors won 103-93 as six of their players scored in double figures. The Pistons have actually won three out of five games since then, including back to back wins over the Lakers and Hawks. OK, those wins were by a combined four points, but still!
Detroit’s best player is 21-year-old center Greg Monroe, and while I can’t blame Pistons fans for feeling disrespected that he doesn’t get more attention, I can’t get excited about a center who averages just 0.6 blocks on 32 minutes per game. He’s obviously a very offensively skilled big man who is also a pretty good rebounder, but I need my seven-footers to protect the rim. I’ll primarily be watching this game to figure out if I’ve misevaluated him.
Would you be completely surprised if whoever wins the Republican nomination for President this year runs on a platform based on blowing up the moon?
Edit: Turns out Bargnani is not only playing tonight, but he’s starting. Turns out Twitter isn’t the most reliable source, after all.