Scott Carefoot

scott carefoot

Scott Carefoot contributes to The Basketball Jones and edits RaptorBlog, which he launched in 2002. He's been a solider in the Score army since 2008 and is convinced that he enjoys coming to work every day more than almost anyone, ever. The majority of the movies in his personal Top 10 list were made by either Quentin Tarantino or the Coen brothers.

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If you listened to Monday’s RaptorBlog Radio podcast, you already know that this is my last day as an employee of theScore, and this will be my last post on RaptorBlog for the foreseeable future. I would never say never in terms of ever writing for this blog again, because I have great affection for this company and for the guys who are taking over this blog. It just so happens that I’m starting a new job with another media company next month, and it would be pretty awkward if I continued to contribute here after that point.

The gracious thing for me to do would be to express great regret that I will be no longer covering the Raptors after 10 years of devoting a significant portion of my life doing so, but I’m choosing honesty over grace in this post. The truth of the matter is that when I consider what it will be like to no longer feel obligated to watch every Raptors game and express my opinions about them, I feel nothing. This franchise has finally sapped my will to give a crap about it.

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Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Dominic McGuire, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Kwame Brown

Injury report

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson are still out.

Philadelphia: Andrew Bynum is out, while Nick Young is probable.

Random thoughts

  • The NBA injury report on CBSSports.com lists Nick Young as being probable for tonight’s game. Under the injury column for Young, it simply lists “Head”. I’m pretty sure there’s a joke there.
  • The Sixers beat the Raptors 93-83 on November 10 in Toronto, and the Sixers outrebounded the Raptors 46-35 in that game.
  • Toronto has had a difficult time scoring against Philly recently, averaging just 84.3 points in their last six matchups.
  • Andrea Bargnani is one Raptor who has not had trouble putting up points against the Sixers, averaging 23.2 points over his last six games against Philly.
  • Even though Jrue Holiday averages 4.9 turnovers per game, the Sixers are third in the NBA in fewest turnovers (13.5) — the Raptors are second (13.2).

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Dominic McGuire, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Orlando: Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, Nikola Vucevic

Injury report

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson are all out.

Orlando: Al Harrington and Hedo Turkoglu are out.

Random thoughts

  • Last season, the Raptors finished 14th in Defensive Rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) and allowed their opponents an eFG% of .475. Andrea Bargnani played in just 31 of the team’s 66 games. This season, Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas have been the starting frontcourt for all nine Raptors games and the team’s Defensive Rating has dropped to 26th while their opponents’ eFG% is up to .511.
  • In six previous seasons, J.J. Redick never averaged more than 11.6 points per game or shot better than .444 from the field in a particular season. So far this season, he’s averaging 15.8 points per game and shooting .489 from the field.
  • The Magic swept the season series against the Raptors last season, ending with a 117-101 win on March 26 at the Air Canada Centre. Three of Orlando’s starters from that game — Dwight Howard, Ryan Anderson and Jason Richardson — are no longer with the team.

Start time: 12:30 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Dominic McGuire, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Boston: Leandro Barbosa, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett

Injury report

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson are all out.

Boston: Rajon Rondo is questionable to play today, Avery Bradley is out until December.

Random thoughts

  • Believe it or not, the Raptors actually have a two-game winning streak against the Celtics, and they held the Celtics under 80 points in both of those games.
  • If Rondo is unavailable today, that’s not necessarily a crippling blow for the Celtics — they were 9-5 last season (including a playoff game) when Rondo wasn’t in the lineup.
  • Having said that, the Raptors played the Celtics in Boston without Rondo on February 1, and the Celtics won 100-64. Ouch.

Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Dominic McGuire, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Indiana: George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert

Injury report

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson will miss tonight’s game.

Indiana: Danny Granger is expected to be out until at least early January.

Random thoughts

  • The Pacers beat the Raptors 90-88 in Toronto’s home opener on October 31, when George Hill scored the winning basket with two seconds left in the fourth quarter.
  • Indiana won four straight over the Raptors, and their last seven matchups in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
  • The Pacers are favored by nine points in this game. I’m not a betting man, but coming off the Raptors’ triple-overtime marathon last night, I would think the smart money is on Indiana tonight.
  • With Danny Granger on the sidelines, the Pacers have struggled to generate offense — they’re 26th in offensive efficiency and tied for second-last in field goal percentage.
  • In the first season of his new four-year, $58 million contract, Roy Hibbert is averaging 8.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from the free throw line. He’s on my fantasy team, of course.