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Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors

After a career-best 5 blocked shots on Monday, Jonas Valanciunas came back with a career-best 24 points on Wednesday, while leading Toronto past Washington.  Read the rest of this entry »

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.

 

Unfortunately, Amir left with an injury on "Amir Bobblehead" night

Amir left with an injury on “Amir Bobblehead” night

An absolutely atrocious fourth quarter was the difference on Wednesday night as the playoff-bound Hawks took care of business in Toronto, clinching a playoff berth in the process.

Here are some brief thoughts on the game…

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Charlotte Bobcats v Toronto Raptors

The Raptors took down the worst team in the NBA on Friday night but there were some positives to note.

Here are some thoughts on the game:  Read the rest of this entry »

Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

Heading into this final meeting of the season, Cleveland leads the season series 2-1. The last time they met in Toronto, Kyrie Irving sunk the Raptors with a three-point dagger just before the buzzer. More recently, the Raptors fell to an Irving-less Cavs squad led by Dion Waiters and Luke Walton.  Read the rest of this entry »