Phoenix Suns v Toronto Raptors

The Raptors look to end a five-game losing skid tonight against a Suns team that is suddenly streaking.

Start time: 9:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Phoenix: Goran Dragic, Jared Dudley, P.J. Tucker, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat

Injury report
Toronto: Linas Kleiza is out
Phoenix: Channing Frye is out for the season

Random Thoughts

  • The Suns still sport an ugly 21-39 record, but they’re almost a .500 team at home (14-15), have won three straight games overall and are coming off a couple of wins against the Spurs and Hawks, with the win in San Antonio snapping the Spurs’ 18-game home winning streak.
  • The Raptors haven’t dipped below 15 games under .500 yet this season, but the franchise has also never missed the playoffs in five straight seasons, so as 2012-13 has showed us, all “good” things come to an end.
  • If there’s one matchup to look forward to tonight, it’s the battle of the point guards between Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic. Remember, it was Dragic who replaced Lowry as the Rockets’ starter last season when Kyle went down with injury, and his unhappiness playing behind Goran was well documented.
  • Mickael Pietrus returns to the active roster tonight. It was against the Suns back in November when Pietrus made his Raptors debut. I don’t think this means anything for tonight’s game or for the rest of the season, but I guess this constitutes as news for a 23-38 team.
  • What probably constitutes as real news for Raptors fans is a tidbit out of Marc Spears’ story on Rudy Gay for Yahoo Sports. In it, Spears writes that “General manager Bryan Colangelo already views him as the face of the franchise, and a source said he will likely offer a contract extension in the offseason.” Gay is under contract next season for $17,888,932 and could elect to become a free agent after that, but there’s a $19,317,326 player option in 2014-15 that might stop him from doing that.