Toronto Raptors v New Orleans Hornets

Start time: 6:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN2

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray (Hopefully JV), JV!
New Orleans: Greivis Vasquez, Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Anthony Davis, Robin Lopez

Injury report
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is out with the flu. Landry Fields is playing
New Orleans: No significant injuries

Random thoughts:

-I can’t think of a good reason to leave Aaron Gray in the starting lineup. Jonas Valanciunas is not only the future of the centre position for Toronto, but he is also the best option right now. JV is a superior shooter, defender & rebounder to Gray. JV’s rotations on defence have improved significantly and he doesn’t look as lost on offence as he did to start the season. Bringing JV off the bench hurts this team in the present and future.

-Kyle Lowry has changed his approach on offence. He now goes out of his way to make sure Rudy and DeMar get enough shots. This has made the transition for Rudy much easier. Rudy and DeMar can co-exist because Lowry has played such an unselfish brand of basketball. I would like to see Kyle look for his shot a little more because he is still an explosive scorer.

-Rudy Gay is averaging 24.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 3.3 spg & 1.0 bpg as a Toronto Raptor. He appears very comfortable in his new surroundings and the game-winner he hit against Indiana will only give him more confidence. Gay should have a very favourable matchup tonight against Al-Farouq Aminu. The 6″9 Aminu doesn’t move his feet very well so Rudy should be able to beat him off the bounce.

-Thanks to PBI for tipping me off about this….apparently Anthony Davis isn’t impressed with the cable package in Toronto…

-There likely won’t be any thoughts on the game tonight, but we will have a podcast Monday afternoon.