Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Ben Uzoh, DeMar DeRozan, Alan Anderson, Andrea Bargnani, Aaron Gray
Oklahoma City: Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins

Injury report

Toronto: Jose Calderon and Gary Forbes will be game-time decisions. Jerryd Bayless is out for the season.

Oklahoma City: Eric Maynor is out for the season.

A three-game losing streak by the Thunder has allowed the Spurs to tie them for first place in the Western Conference. How jacked up do you think Durant, Westbrook and co. will be to break out of this slump tonight?

I’m theoretically on-call to write the “six thoughts” recap of this game, but if it’s the steamrolling I expect it will be, I might not bother. Let’s see if anything interesting happens. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the regular season wrapping up so that I can focus on basketball that matters instead of witnessing the death throes of another doomed Raptors season.

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I’m a big fan of Joakim Noah’s fingerguns, but Russell Westbrook took it to another level with his “BOOM!” exclamation here. Maybe we’ll get to see this again tonight.

Comments (4)

  1. I don’t blame you, no real reason to recap games anymore because they won’t tell us much as “Operation Blatant Tanking” has now commenced. I just hope they don’t waste any more time by bringing Bargnani back from his latest injury and get to tanking.

    What a wasted year though when it comes to player development, we still have no idea what we have in any of the young-ish players on our roster except for maybe James Johnson.

    • Not sure who you are talking about outside of Davis. Everyone else looks like they have shown us what they have. Unfortunately, it’s not what everyone had hoped.

      Derozan is not a “budding superstar”. Amir is not a versatile center. Bayless is not our next point guard. Keieza is not our “Ginobily” Bargs is not our franchise savior.

      We have a good core of secondary talent. Time to find some first tier guys to make them effective.

      • I agree with everything you said except Amir is not a centre and he was drafted at the end of his draft for a reason: nobody ever had any high expectations for him. And while Bargnani has clearly wasted the most talent perhaps in this team’s history and arguably out of everybody drafted after him, at least he is one of many international players that are much better coached at the youth level than American kids in the US. Are you surprised by the lack of talent and potential of the players on the team? You shouldn’t, not when you think about it. American ball players are better athletes, but training and development at the AAU level is unacceptable. Too many games, too much running up and down the floor with the ball, not enough passing, shooting, little to no defence, not enough practice on skill. It’s why guys like DeRozan who look so much better than his peers in those kind of games are exposed in the NBA for lack of polish and skill, otherwise he would have been the No. 1 pick in his draft.

  2. So they decided to bring Calderon back early? What a major disappointment. Had an opportunity to legitimately sit him (and now Bargnani) for the rest of the year, which probably could have secured a top 5 pick. What a wasted opportunity that was, is Bargnani going to be back in a few days now too??

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