Ed Davis sighting

Ed Davis sighting

The Raptors look to bounce back from a listless performance against the Wizards when they take on the Irving-less Cavaliers in Cleveland.

Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas
Cleveland: Shaun Livingston, Dion Waiters, Alonzo Gee, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller

Injury report
Toronto: Linas Kleiza is out
Cleveland: Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao, Omri Casspi and Luke Harangody are all out

Random Thoughts:

  • The Cavs pulled off one of the upsets of the season last night by beating the Bulls in Chicago without Kyrie Irving and the Raptors are coming off a discouraging home loss to the Wizards, but nonetheless, with the Irving-less Cavs on the second night of a back-to-back, the Raptors must capitalize and put this game away early. A hiccup tonight would be a far more embarrassing result than the loss to Washington.
  • The Raptors have been one of the NBA’s best defensive teams in February, while the Cavs have been one of the East’s best offensive teams this month. Yes, Cleveland scored 101 points in Chicago last night, but again, on the second night of a back to back without Irving, the Raptors should take it very personally if they can’t stop this Cleveland team that starts two rookies, Tristan Thompson, Alonzo Gee and Shaun Livingston.
  • I think we’re all pretty curious to see how Rudy Gay approaches this game. Gay was awful offensively on Monday and didn’t seem all that interested in attacking the Wizards. He’s been given a golden opportunity to redeem himself with the defensively inept Cavs on tap, and when you look at the lineups tonight, there’s no reason Rudy shouldn’t be far and away the best player on the floor. Here’s hoping that watching his performance against Washington again woke him up.
  • After playing just 18 minutes against the Wizards, I’m hoping Jonas Valanciunas gets much more time against the Cavs. As mentioned on Monday’s podcast, Valanciunas has been playing solid ball on both ends of the floor since returning to the lineup, and without a dominating veteran presence in the Cleveland frontcourt (Thompson, Zeller and Marreese Speights log the big man minutes with Varejao out), there’s no reason for Dwane Casey to shy away from Jonas unless the rookie gets himself in foul trouble.
  • If you think you’re feeling too confident about this game and need to be brought back down to earth a little bit, consider that with Cleveland’s win in Chicago last night and Milwaukee’s win in Dallas, the Raptors are actually closer to the Cavs in the standings (4.0 games) than they are to the eighth place Bucks (5.0 games).

Comments (14)

  1. Derozan should have a huge advantage against Waiters in this game as well

  2. im looking for our wings (gay and DD) to go off today! they dont have much of a perimiter defense so lets give it to em’

  3. is it too early to call season over if they lose?

    • Definitely too early. Honestly with the way the Eastern Conference playoff picture teams have been playing (Bucks, Raps, Celtics, Sixers), you never know what might happen. Plus, the Bucks game on Saturday has a lot more significance than tonight’s game, but I guess every game counts at this point.

  4. Don’t worry about Gay, I’m sure he’s not worrying. Nineteen Mil a year does that for you. Management on the other hand I’m sure will be holding their breath til the end of the season.

    • Even those who were most pessimistic about the Gay trade probably didn’t see this coming, this being the fact that he has been even worse in Toronto than he was in Memphis during what will probably be the worst season of his career.

      The 45% career shooter who was shooting 41% in Memphis this season is shooting 38% in Toronto. The 34% three point shooter who was shooting 31% in Memphis is shooting 26% in Toronto. I don’t want to imagine the shitstorm if he didn’t basically win us a handful of games by himself in his first month with the team. At least there’s nowhere to go but up for him but the fact that he seems to struggle to crack the 40% barrier every night and displays tunnel vision that DeRozan didn’t show in his worst days is probably not a good sign.

      • It might be because he’s taking (or forcing ) more shots now that he’s “The Man” instead of the 3rd wheel.

        Memphis doesn’t seem to be missing him.

  5. 1STQ 3:26, Bargnani replaces Amir Johnson, Raptors lead 21-7.

    2NDQ 9:51, Amir Johnson replaces Bargnani, Raptors lead 29-27.

    Can we please just ship this guy for a sack of damn potatoes or something, I’m so sick and tired of the easy scores and missed rebounds every time this douche steps on the court.

    • It makes me wonder what the hell Casey’s thinking with some of these rotations and his timing for substitutions. Bargnani and the rest of the bench were simply terrible tonight. No Ross, no Acy, Pietrus, etc what’s the point of having these guys if you’re not going to use them? Why not give them a chance while Bargs struggles and Anderson starts tossing bricks because he thinks he’s Kobe from 3-point land?

      The point I’m making is that this wasn’t entirely on Bargs, even though he had an abysmal performance, this has got to come back on the coach.

  6. Fresh off a loss to the wizards, we lose to one if the worst teams without their best player. Yeah this team is gonna make the playoffs :|

  7. The Bargnani era needs to end, for all parties involved.

  8. Why the hell did j.v sit the whole 4th qtr ? Terrible coaching and casey is starting to piss me off by running barny . Look at the god damn stats j.v compared to barny . . . . Why the fuc* would you play him over j.v . BC and casey need to be fired . Enough is enough with barny . Pay some douche 10 mill a yr to stand at the three point line and pass the ball immediatly or shoot garbage shots . Such a joke. Should of went back to.your starting 5 casey … You know the unit that was up 14 in the first qtr . Dumbass

  9. Booooooooooooooooo.

    Remember when they got Rudy Gay and went 7-3? Pretty sure that was the highlight of the year right there. Steaming piles of shit from here on out.

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