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Toronto Raptors v New Orleans Hornets

Start time: 6:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN2

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray (Hopefully JV), JV!
New Orleans: Greivis Vasquez, Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Anthony Davis, Robin Lopez Read the rest of this entry »

An inconsistent effort against the defending champs put Toronto at 1-1 post-Rudy Gay trade.

Here are some thoughts on the game…

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It would have been difficult to script a better first game in the Rudy Gay era…

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First, here is Rudy Gay’s first field goal as a Raptor:

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The Rudy Gay trade is now official, so if you want one last look at Ed Davis in a Raptor uniform, there you go….

Start time: 7:30 PM ET

Channel: TSN2

Probable starting lineups

Toronto: Jose Calderon, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Ed Davis Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray

Atlanta: Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith, Al Horford

Injury report

Toronto: Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas are out, Kyle Lowry is expected to play after missing 1 game with back spasms.

Atlanta: Zaza Pachulia is doubtful with an Achilles injury. Anthony Morrow will play.

Random Thoughts:

Trigger-happy GM Bryan Colangelo has pulled the trigger on another deal! The Raptors will land Rudy Gay, his contract of roughly $18M per season (in which the 2014-15 season is a player option) and reserve big man Hamed Haddadi. Toronto gives up Ed Davis and Jose Calderon in return.

From the Raptor’s perspective, they land an all-star calibre small forward who brings more stability to that position than anyone since Tracy McGrady. Read the rest of this entry »