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No thoughts on the game from Joe or myself but if you feel like mourning yet ANOTHER heartbreaking loss, here is Kyrie’s game -winner…

I thought Alan Anderson was the correct choice to be guarding Irving since Lowry wasn’t on the floor, but once the game clock reached 5 seconds, Anderson should have realized Irving wasn’t driving and closed the gap between them. It was an absurdly long game-winner but Kyrie has that kind of range on his jumper.

The Raptors have now lost 12 games this season which they were leading at some point in the 4th quarter….Ech.

This might explain why Lowry was substituted out of the game with about 4 minutes to go…

The Raptors might be 3-0 against the Magic this season, but they sport a woeful 4-18 record on the road…

Start time: 7:00 PM ET

Channel: TSN

Probable starting lineups

Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson

Orlando: Jameer Nelson, JJ Redick, Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, Nikola Vucevic

Injury report

Toronto: Andrea Bargnani, Linas Kleiza and Jonas Valanciunas are out. Mickael Pietrus is questionable

Orlando: No injuries to report

Random Thoughts:

-Andrea Bargnani was putting up “some different types of shots” before tonight’s game. Based on Dwane Casey’s comments, it seems AB will come off the bench when he returns – rightfully so. If he doesn’t thrive in that role and perhaps even if he does, there is a good chance Bryan Colangelo will try to move the much maligned, former first overall pick.

-Whoever is being defended by JJ Redick (Landry Fields or DeMar DeRozan) should have an advantage in the post and it would benefit Toronto to get Redick off the floor. He is the catalyst for a lot of Orlando’s offensive sets.

-Orlando might have an advantage on the glass, as Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic are listed as being 88 pounds heavier than Amir Johnson and Ed Davis combined.

-The Lakers have been a terrible defensive team all season and that trend continued on Sunday morning as they gave up 108 points to the Raptors. This allowed Toronto to break a 27-game streak of losing when they allowed 100 points. Toronto was aided by a first half ejection of Dwight Howard but nonetheless it was refreshing to see certain members of the starting lineup play so well on the offensive end. Read the rest of this entry »

Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN2

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Ed Davis, Aaron Gray
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen

Injury report
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas remain out
Philadelphia: Andrew Bynum remains out and Jason Richardson (knee) is a game-time decision

Random Thoughts:

-The Raptors have lost 3 straight games but Philadelphia has lost 8 of their last 10. Toronto’s only divisional win (1-6) came against the Sixers. Defence has been a problem of late for Philly – the 76ers are allowing 104.7 points per game over their last six after giving up an average of 95.8 prior to that stretch.

-These two tangled on January 9th in Toronto and the Raptors prevailed 90-72 with a great second half. Toronto had a significant rebounding advantage in that contest (46-37) and that should be the case again tonight as Philly continues to use an undersized starting lineup.

-The only matchup problem for Toronto comes in the back-court as Jose Calderon will have his hands full with Jrue Holiday. Jose did a good job in their last meeting, playing disciplined defence and holding Holiday to 16 points.

-The trade deadline is approaching quickly (Feb. 21st) and don’t be shocked to see Toronto as significant players. That doesn’t necessarily mean Bryan Colangelo has declared himself as a buyer or seller but the Raps will investigate all possibilities to make this team better. Here is a quote from Dwane Casey on potential trades from a radio appearance today: “Bryan and I are talking every day about it (along with) Ed,” Casey explained. “They are looking at whatever can help our team become better whether it’s short term or long term, they’re talking about it.”

- Just so you know, Joe will have the postgame thoughts tonight, but it will be a belated edition, so if it’s not up by the time you hit the hay, be sure to look out for that post in the morning.

We aren’t even halfway through the regular season and rookie Terrence Ross already has a very impressive portfolio of dunks to show off. On Friday night against the Bobcats he added another one: