The Raptors look for just their 10th road win of the season tonight against a Bobcats team that boasts the same 9-24 record at home as Toronto does away from home. Should be a barn burner!

Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas
Charlotte: Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Josh McRoberts, Bismack Biyombo

Injury report
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is out
Charlotte: Ramon Sessions is out

Random Thoughts

  • While the Bobcats have been worse from an overall win/loss standpoint over the last couple of years, Raptors fans don’t exactly have bragging rights, as the Raps haven’t won the season series against Charlotte in three years. In fact, a win tonight would be the first season series win over the Bobcats in the Post-Bosh Era.
  • Sunday’s loss to the Heat guaranteed the Raptors a sixth straight non-winning season and a loss tonight, or whenever the next loss comes, will guarantee a fifth straight losing season for Toronto. If you’re wondering about how long until the Raptors are officially eliminated from postseason contention, any combination of Raps losses and Bucks wins that equals seven will do it.
  • The biggest question I have for tonight is can Rudy Gay actually string together a third straight efficient offensive game? Of course, even if he does, two of the three will have come against the Bobcats.
  • I don’t think there will be a Thoughts On the Game post tonight, but as usual, feel free to leave your own thoughts and observations on the game in the comment section below.

Comments (14)

  1. This is a great rivalry.

  2. this is going down in history as the game that changed everything …. not really #whocaresatthispoint

  3. #setpietrusfree

  4. #twitterdoesntworkhere

    Fun game…tough foul at the end of the fourth. Ah well.

  5. Thought for the game: the end can’t come soon enough.

  6. It’s going to be pretty interesting if both Colangelo and Casey return after this.

    Avoiding 50 losses should be considered a huge accomplishment at this point.

  7. People were upset at me when I said the Raps would get about 30 wins, I was just having realistic expectations for them.

    • I just dont understand I get that they wont make the play offs but they shouldn’t be this bad. The 4-14 start really killed them and shouldn’t have ever happened.

  8. You have to think that Rudy must be fuming playing with the shitty raps while Memphis are a legitimate championship team without him. I didn’t watch this game but looks like the starters all had a great game while Toronto’s bench continues to be on again / off again. Plans for the offseason should be picking up a proper offensive sixth man.

    • Well, I’ve mentioned it before, but I think they already have someone who could be a pretty good 6th man in DeRozan. Starting Fields, and moving DeRozan to the bench as the full time 6th man might be the best thing the team can do right now.

      But, of course, I bet the Raptors wouldn’t even consider doing something as simple as that.

      • I like this idea actually. At least until T.Ross develops into a starter (I think he has a higher ceiling than Demar). On the bright side I think we have our big man of the future in J.Val incase anyone was still in doubt. The kid is a beast and he is only going to get better from here. I think the first predictions about this kid of averaging barely a double double at 12 and 10 were off. I think this kid can develop his game to the point where he will be dropping 16-18 points to go along with 2 blocks and 8-11 rebounds every night soon enough. The kid is eager and wants to get better. He is also quicker than most centers out there.

    • Offense isn’t the problem…..it has and always will be the defence. “Winning” teams have good defence. 100 points isn’t something you should give up to the Bobcats…

  9. I think I’ve figured it out.

    Bryan Colangelo isn’t trying to be a GM, he’s trying to be the next Andy Kaufman. I mean clearly, he must be trying to pull some kind of elaborate joke by being simultaneously one of the highest paid GMs and also one of the worst.

    I just wonder when he will start wrestling women at halftime….anything to get fans’ minds off of the sorry state of the Raptors.

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