After being thoroughly outclassed and embarrassed on Friday night in Utah, it doesn’t get any easier for the Raptors, who face their toughest task of the road trip in Los Angeles.

Start time: 3:30 PM ET
Channel: TSN

Probable starting lineup
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Mickael Pietrus, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
L.A. Clippers: Chris Paul, Willie Green, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

Injury report
Toronto: Landry Fields and Alan Anderson are out, though Anderson is getting close.
L.A. Clippers: Chauncey Billups, Grant Hill and Trey Thompkins are out

Random Thoughts:

  • Teams usually follow up stinkers like Friday with inspired performances, but even so, it might not matter against the Clippers. L.A. has won five straight, boast the league’s seventh-best record at 13-6 and have outscored opponents by an average of 7.2 points per game. On the flip side, the Raptors have lost three straight overall and nine straight on the road.
  • The matchup everyone obviously wants to see is Chris Paul vs. Kyle Lowry, and with good reason, but the Clippers actually have two of the top-three point guards in terms of Player Efficiency Rating right now, as Eric Bledsoe is having a solid season, himself, off of the bench.
  • Oliver and I won’t be around to post a “Thoughts On the Game” entry after this one, but we’ll be back with full coverage of the Raptors/Blazers game on Monday night. Until then, feel free to vent with fellow Raptors fans in the comment section below.

Comments (26)

  1. I am disgusted every time I head Colangelo speak.

    Not a talent issue? REALLY? I guess he’s hoping this will be one of those lies you tell enough where everyone will start believing it.

  2. 1-16 run… So that’s what having Calderon on the court means.

  3. Down 19 near the end of the game and there’s Calderon laughing it up on the bench, having a good ol’ time. Yep this is quite the basketball team (can we even call them that) we have…

  4. He is laughing because even the though the team is in the dump he still makes $10,000,000 this season. That means he made $121,951 today for playing a shitty game. I’m sure you would be smiling too.
    Man that’s a lot of zeros!!!

    • Of course. I know exactly why he still had a big grin on his face…still completely unacceptable though. And no, I wouldn’t be smiling if I were him. Losing sucks, no matter how much you get paid. We need to get rid of those attitudes on this team and bring in players who actually give a crap.

  5. I do get the feeling the Raptors are playing below their talent level as Colangelo says, but at the same time it’s not like their talent level is that great to begin with. I think the players have given up on the season–a casualty of losing so many close games at the start. If just two or three of those had gone the other way…

  6. Colangelo is either in denial or he really is that dumb. He thinks this team is talented? Wow!!!

    • Most predicted this team to fight for 8th place in the East, so clearly Colangelo is not the only one that thought this team has talent. They added Lowry, Fields, Jonas and Ross, and most of us expected this team to improve from last season. So far it hasn’t worked out but that’s not a reason to deny that this team is more “talented” than last years. They lost some very close ones early on and they’re going through a horrible run but the season is 82 games long, there’s still a lot of time (and room) for improvement.

      • If a team has mediocre talent, but no work ethic or desire to win..can they really be considered talented? Not a chance. Jose and especially AB are supposed to be 2 of the leaders on this team, but they continue to show why this team has gotten absolutely nowhere with them being part of the core group.

  7. MLSE needs to get rid of this guy right now. He has absolutely no future in Toronto and should not have one fingerprint on the rebuild.

  8. Primo Pasta and sauce

  9. Valanciunas is one of the Raptors most overrated draft picks ever. He is slower both physically and mentally (reading the game) than everyone he plays against. He has a chance to be a skilled player but I see no reason to believe he’ll develop into a defensive anchor with weak footspeed, vertical ability, strength and terrible defensive awareness for a big. The mistake many teams make is assuming being a defensive anchor is about being tall, when in reality it’s about reading the play. That’s why Javale McGee is one of the worst defenders in the league. When combined with little burst in terms of rotating, I’m not expecting anything from Valanciunas on the defensive end in the future, I just hope he’s good enough offensively to make it a decent pick. The stuff about #2 in the draft, comparing him against Anthony Davis, etc. was a joke though and the Raptors played into it because the one thing they love doing is hyping up the team

  10. Ball

    …since I’m not allowed to make a 4 letter comment, anyone of the Lowry fanboys care to explain how we haven’t got any better with the “Max Money” player starting and the “pylon” getting backup minutes?

    • I was thinking the same thing. I think we have as many wins with Lowry starting as we so Calderon. Interesting to say the least.

  11. Get out the salami and cheese Mama!!!

  12. Colangelo is trying to dish AB right now but no one wants him. Or they want him but aren’t willing to give anyone good up for him. This trade should have happened a while ago…why bring in a defensive minded coach but hold on to 3 bad (average on their best nights) defensive players (ie. Calderon, AB and Demar)? He will go when his contract expires…and rebuilding will have to start…..again.

  13. Is it to early to start looking at top three draft picks?

  14. Best of luck to you guys covering the Raptors this season. I fear it will be the equivalent of wearing a hair shirt in the Arizona desert in August while out on a 10k fun run with the only refreshment available would be rotten kale juice.

    I realize that the corporate appartus that is MLSE possibly doesn’t care too much about the Raptors, but please, can they do fans a favour and take Colangelo out back and put him out of his mysery? In the interim, they can hire Miss Cleo to man a Ouija board in order to take care of the short term GM heavy lifting. She’d probably do a better job.

    Then, MLSE can hire an executive search firm to look for an executive search firm that possibly knows of an executive search firm that can find you a basketball GM who is more substance than style, unlike BC.

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