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
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
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
- 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.