The Raptors look to end a five-game losing streak by heading into Memphis to take on the NBA-leading Grizzlies. Well this should be…”fun”
Start time: 8:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Linas Kleiza, Ed Davis, Jonas Valanciunas
Memphis: Mike Conley Jr., Tony Allen, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol
Toronto: Landry Fields and Alan Anderson are out
Memphis: Mike Conley is questionable, but all indications are that he will play
- I’ve mentioned recently that it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if Andrea Bargnani is unable to suit up for a game (I never wish injury on a player, but I was thinking something along the lines of the flu or a common cold. Just something that keeps him out literally one game) and the Raptors then get a look at Ed Davis and Jonas Valanciunas starting together in the frontcourt. Well apparently a sore ankle for Bargnani will mean just that tonight.
- The Grizzlies were pretty listless most of the night against Cleveland on Monday before pulling out the victory, so if you’re a Raptors fan and want any chance of a victory tonight, or even a chance to keep this thing close, you have to hope that Memphis comes out flat. In that case, the Raptors will probably lose another close one late. If the Grizzlies do show up from the opening tip, it’s probably going to be a very long night for T.O.
- I’m not the only one worried about Jerryd Bayless going off against the Raptors tonight, am I?
- It will be interesting to see if Terrence Ross sees extended minutes tonight after his eye opening performance in Houston on Tuesday. I’m also interested in seeing how DeMar DeRozan attacks Tony Allen, because this matchup has the potential to be a nightmare for DeMar with Allen’s defensive prowess.