Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Andrea Bargnani, Aaron Gray
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Spencer Hawes
Toronto: Jerryd Bayless is out for the season.
Philadelphia: Andre Iguodala suffered a left eye contusion against the Heat last night but he’s expected to play.
With the position the Sixers currently have in the standings, they have to be as motivated to win right now as any other NBA team. They’re in seventh place in the East — two-and-a-half games ahead of the Knicks and four games ahead of the Bucks — so they’re probably going into the post-season unless they have a complete collapse. Of course, the seventh and eighth seeds in the East get to play either Chicago or Miami in the first round, so the Sixers really want to make up the game-and-half distance between themselves and the sixth-place Hawks.
Philly has lost seven of their last 11 games, but they’ve won their last three over the Raptors. The Sixers are obviously the favorites for this game, but I can safely say that Andre Iguodala isn’t helping team unity by telling Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins that teammate Lou Williams “can’t guard anybody.” Not cool, Iggy. Not cool.
Congratulations to the Raptors mascot for winning SB Nation’s Animated Sports GIF Tournament with his unrelentingly hilarious rollerblade wipeout. The story behind the crash is almost as great as the GIF itself.