The Raptors have lost eight straight in Denver in mostly embarrassing fashion. The Nuggets have lost three straight overall. Something’s gotta give tonight.

Start time: 9:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN2

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Mickael Pietrus, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Denver: Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Kosta Koufos

Injury report
Toronto: Landry Fields and Alan Anderson are still out, while Linas Kleiza is a game-time decision with a sore hip
Denver: Wilson Chandler is out

Random Thoughts:

  • The Nuggets may have lost three straight, but they’re also 4-1 at home this season (their only home loss came against the Heat) and haven’t lost a home game against the Raptors in nine years (December 30, 2003). The worst part about it is that Denver’s last five home wins against Toronto have been by an average margin of 27.4 points, which includes three deficits of 32 or more. Those numbers are both sickening and unsurprising.
  • Both teams come in well rested after having the weekend off following Friday night games.
  • With Kleiza listed as questionable, Pietrus should take his rightful place in the starting lineup tonight and maintain that place until Fields and Anderson return to the lineup.
  • A couple of matchups I’ll be watching tonight – Lowry vs. Lawson and Bargnani vs. Faried. Lowry and Lawson are probably both top-10 point guards when they’re at their best, while Faried has grabbed more offensive rebounds this season than Bargnani has total rebounds.
  • Speaking of Bargnani frustration, people continue to see a trade to the Lakers for Pau Gasol as the most sensible solution. On one hand, I want Andrea to settle into a groove so that the Lakers can be convinced to take him, but on the other hand, I worry that any Bargnani hot streak will convince Bryan Colangelo that “the enigma of all enigmas” has finally figured it out and is therefore untradeable again.
  • With the Raptors about to tip off a Western road trip and some late night ball games coming this week, our “Thoughts On the Game” posts (Oliver’s got tonight’s game) will obviously go up much later than usual, but we’ll still get them done. If you can’t wait up, be sure to check them out in the mornings. We’re also going to try getting a podcast done tomorrow. In the mean time, enjoy the game, which will hopefully be decided by less than 27 points.

Comments (7)

  1. Whew, that’s great to hear, thought we weren’t getting a podcast this week.


  2. Now both Casey and Lowry are starting to seriously bug me. This team have no plays set up for anything its just DD and AB shooting away always over the hands of the D. And was it Oliver who said that Lowry is not a shoot first PG? 4/12, 0/3 and 5 assists. He’s a dart – he darts to the paint if an opportunity presents itself he passes randomly, if not he doesn’t even look for a player and just chucks it. How many times does JV have to wave his arms to receive a decent pass into the paint?

  3. At least there was some fight tonight! Terrence Ross could be really good! His shot needs some honing but his game has way more potential than DD did as a rookie. Give him more playing time. I like the Pau trade cause we desperately need to get rid of Barg and Jose. For those who disagree, look at competitive teams. There leaders are rarely uninterested mutes. And for every point Jose scores or assists on, he gives it back defensively. Problem is, Pau might not have enough game to warrant that deal. Overall, BC has not inspired too much faith in me but I gotta give credit for JV and T- Ross drafts. They might be my two favourite players on our team and both look to have bright futures. If he trades either in a Barg deal I’ll be crushed.

  4. we’re done like dinner.

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