Chicago Bulls v Toronto Raptors

The Raptors look to sweep a home-and-home with the Bulls and take the season series in the process, while Chicago tries to keep pace in the battle for Eastern Conference playoff positioning.

Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN2

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray
Chicago: Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer

Injury report
Toronto: Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross, Landry Fields and Andrea Bargnani are all out
Chicago: Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose are out

Random Thoughts

  • When teams head into “playing out the string” territory but they also likely won’t have a draft pick to tank for, watching the team’s rookies is often all fans have to look forward to. Unfortunately for Raptors fans, Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross are out tonight, so here’s hoping Quincy Acy gets plenty of minutes and supplies us with enough rookie excitement.
  • The Bulls are still banged up and are coming off of an emotional overtime victory over the Knicks in Chicago last night, so the also banged up Raptors might actually have a shot tonight. Having said that, a combination of Deng, Boozer, Butler and Robinson is more than enough to beat the Raptors on any given night.
  • The Raptors only have three remaining games after tonight, so in the event that Valanciunas doesn’t play again this year, here’s my take on his rookie season.
  • The Bulls are currently in fifth place in the East and are pretty much out of the running for a top-four seed, but they’re also just a half-game ahead of the Hawks for sixth, so there is still something to play for.

Comments (5)

  1. Quincy Acy is easily the Raptors’ second best hustle player, behind Amir Johnson. This dude goes out there and jumps for every rebound, defends every play, and brings general excitement to a Toronto team that is really lacking it.

    He really reminds me of Ed Davis in his first year. The jumper isn’t exactly all there, but the hustle and general admiration is given on any night he can play.

    • Much better then he gets credit for, great team first attitude and like you said hustlesssss,

      I remember when raptors blog use to make fun of him at the beginning of the season, but he’s potentially our 3rd big next year

  2. and were that much closer to the end of the year , cant wait to see colangelo gone! he has run this team into the ground . makes me sick in the stomach to think he gets an extension . if he gets signed again you know barny wont be going anywhere !

    • yeah it’d be great not to have Bargnani’s agent as GM next year. Another bonus at this point would be not having Alan Anderson’s agent as coach but let’s not get greedy i guess.

  3. Cricket cricket, cricket cricket

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