Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors

The Wizards have won 6 straight home games and they handed the Raptors a crushing defeat (90-84 in Toronto) the last time these two tangled…

Start time: 6:00 PM ET

Channel: Sportsnet One

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas
Washington: John Wall, Garrett Temple, Martell Webster, Nene, Emeka Okafor

Injury report:
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is out
Washington: Bradley Beal is out and Nene (knee) is a game-time decision

Random Thoughts:

-Raptors should have revenge on their minds, as the loss they suffered on February 19th at home to Washington was inexcusable for a team that still had playoff aspirations. Rudy Gay was 1-11 from the field in that game, while Kyle Lowry went 6-17. Toronto was giving up an average of 106.2 points during their recent 5-game losing streak but they appeared to find some defensive rhythm while holding Detroit to 82 points.

-Lowry will have his hands full with John Wall, who has been playing like a top-5 point guard in recent weeks. Over his last three home games, Wall is averaging 31 points per game (68.8% FG) and 9.3 assists per game.

-After their win against Detroit, Rudy Gay said “These young guys need to know what it feels like to win.” In Toronto’s last 5 games, Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 32.4 minutes (finally!), 14.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Terrence Ross is averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds on 43.6% shooting in 21 minutes.

Comments (7)

  1. It’s just such a treat to watch two scorers as inefficient as Gay and Derozan on the same team. Let’s re-sign Anderson and get Bargs back out there and next year we can watch them chuck it up until all our dreams come true.

    • I LOVE Val. I like Amir. I like Gay. I like Lowry. I dislike DD. I dislike Ross. I hate AA. I hate Lucas. I hate Primo. I hate Telfair. I hate Gray. I HATE Casey. Most importantly, I FUCKING HATE BC for putting me through this shit. The man is stealing money from the idiot owners at MLSE.

      • Watching Val develop is basically the only benefit left from this season. It’s entirely possible that by the all star break next year, he’s the clear-cut best player on the team. I hope they commit to him in a big way, in terms of bringing in personnel and systems that build off his skill-set.

      • I pretty much can’t stand everyone on this entire franchise other than Valanciunas, Amir and Lowry.

        Even so, I’d like to see Amir and Lowry eventually dealt. Slowly blow this entire mess up. Get rid of everyone other than Valanciunas.

  2. another piece of advice for Raptors fan

    DD: 6-18, an outstanding 33% percentage FGM-A. Maybe you should boo him too or are you too busy at booing Bargs to look at the other players?

    • The situations are not even a little bit comparable. DD is known for putting in time and effort, and has made legit strides in improving his game. No one’s going to boo him for one game of bad shooting.

      Bargs has 7 years of history, in which he shows abilities beyond his performance on the court, and continually displays poor effort. THAT is what the fans are fed up with.

    • This team should go the Memphis way, get another big man to start with JV, let Amir be the 3rd big and strive, I don’t want high volume with low % guys like RG DD, Lowry is so under used he’s a potential triple-double every game with a good %, so I’d keep him and trade for some depth, fields is a great runner, never stops moving and defends well but is pricey, move AB DD RG IMO

      Even though this will never happen

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