Los Angeles Lakers v Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are looking for their first season series sweep over the Lakers in franchise history, while L.A. is looking to finally climb above .500 for the first time this season.

Start time: 10:30 PM ET
Channel: TSN2

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Los Angeles: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Earl Clark, Dwight Howard

Injury report
Toronto: Well here’s a first…No injuries to report. Even Linas Kleiza is active.
Los Angeles: Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are out

Random Thoughts

  • I know Raptors history is littered with horrendous records and streaks against Western Conference opponents, but I figure their record on the road against the Lakers over the years has to be as bad as any other Raptors mark. Not only have the Raptors never won the two-game season series with the Lakers, but they’re a pitiful 2-13 against the Lakers on the road and haven’t beaten L.A. at Staples Center since the 2001-02 season (December 28, 2001, to be exact).
  • Because of the wonky 66-game lockout schedule last season, the Raptors actually haven’t played the Lakers at Staples Center in over two years, with the last meeting in L.A. way back on November 5, 2010.
  • The Lakers are 20-11 at home, have climbed within 1.5 games of a playoff spot, look poised to overtake Utah for eighth sometime soon and have gone 14-6 over their last 20 games, so you know this isn’t anything like the Lakers team that the Raptors cruised by in Toronto earlier this season. Having said all of that, I still don’t think they’ll handle the Raptors easily tonight and might even take the Raptors in the spread with L.A. favoured by eight points.
  • Jonas Valanciunas said before the season started that he was most looking forward to matching up with Dwight Howard over any other centre, and after missing the first meeting with the Lakers, Valanciunas will finally get that chance tonight. Howard should dominate the rookie based on where each big man is in their career, but you never really know which Dwight you’re going to get from game to game and you can be sure that Jonas won’t back down.
  • Landry Fields had his best game of the season against the Lakers in January, scoring 18 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and defending Kobe Bryant as well as any Raptor in recent memory has, so it will be interesting to see if Dwane Casey leans on Fields again tonight.

Comments (14)

  1. Andrea hurt!

    Yes!

    • Damn. Just when Bargnani was beginning to increase his trade value to the equivalent of a year’s supply of Keon Clark’s rolling papers.

  2. Man, Rudy Gay makes 5 or 6 incredibly boneheaded plays a game that primarily come out of forcing his own offense. Not sure why he feels he has to try to be Alan Anderson when he’ll get any shot if he wants if he’s just patient and allows the offense to set up.

  3. let’s see if raptors can hang on

  4. Rudy Gay is one of the stupidest basketball players I’ve seen in a long time. As much as Memphis held him back offensively, they also hid his weaknesses.

    • holy fuck…. I blame Casey… why was JV riding the bench… why didn’t they foul when up by 3…. why was Rudy jacking shots when Demar was having the better game…why why why… after watching a game like this Casey has got to go… i’m taking an ambien.

    • Its funny that the guy that was supposed to be the “solution” to the raptors problems ended up costing the team this game. Not solely on him but he was a big part of the loss. Also, casey is an imbecile. I liked him last year but his rotations are nothing short of moronic and I believe are enough reason for him to lose his job. He has gray playing over val? Cmon. AA chucking up shots left and right. Yet, he still gets tons of minutes. Disgusting.

      • hey pbi and ad, didn’t you guys support the gay trade?? lol

        • Yes and I still do, I just had no idea that we were getting a more talented Alan Anderson. I thought we were getting a player who would at least attempt to play within an offense and not blow his load the moment he got out of Memphis.

  5. Why aaron gray when Jval was having a great game and amir fouled out? That led to kobe’s dunk.

  6. Every team loves to play against the Raps. They give your team a nice little work out, then all you do is turn the screws up a bit at the end to win, and that’s all it takes to beat the Raps.
    It’s easy to beat the Raps, just turn the screws up a bit at the end of the game and they fold every time. Can’t take the pressure.
    But they’re a bunch of nice smiley guys. easy to sell out the home games.
    Lovin’ my BCE dividends.

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