The Raptors continue their season high six-game homestand by hosting Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors are winless in their own division this season, but they’ll have a good shot to change that tonight against a Sixers team that has lost four straight.
Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan,
Mickael Pietrus Landry Fields, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas, Linas Kleiza and Terrence Ross are all out.
Philadelphia: Andrew Bynum is out and Kwame Brown is questionable (personal)
- Pietrus has been replaced in the starting lineup by Landry Fields. The only aspect where this might hurt Toronto is their ability to knock down deep jump shots. Despite improved finish around the rim, Fields hasn’t proven to be any sort of deep threat in the last two years.
-More developments in the Rudy Gay trade rumours as ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Toronto is considering offering Jose Calderon and Ed Davis to the Grizzlies in exchange for Gay. I’ve made my feelings on Calderon well known and I have no problem giving up his expiring contract as long as Toronto gets in return, someone capable of running the second unit - Bayless? This deal comes down to Davis’ potential vs Gay’s current value. Rudy Gay is what he is. For the last 6 years, his per 36′s have remained constant at 17-19 ppg, 5-6 rpg and 2 apg. Those are very good numbers for a small forward in the NBA and would absolutely be an upgrade over what Toronto has now. However, Davis has made huge strides this season and is blossoming into one of the best rebounding power forwards in the league. If he ends up being a 15 ppg, 12 rpg, 2 bpg player, then it’s not worth giving up on him, and in this writer’s humble opinion, Davis is on his way to becoming that player.
-The acquisition of Gay would also cut heavily into the minutes of Terrence Ross and Alan Anderson. Is a quartet of DeMar DeRozan, Alan Anderson, Landry Fields and Terrence Ross going to be significantly better with the addition of Rudy Gay? The group of wings Toronto is currently working with, cover most of the skills Gay would bring to the table.