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

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After being thoroughly outclassed and embarrassed on Friday night in Utah, it doesn’t get any easier for the Raptors, who face their toughest task of the road trip in Los Angeles.

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Kyle Lowry blowing by Steve Nash is something we hope to see at the ACC on January 20

In one of the more anticipated days of the summer for basketball junkies, the NBA announced its’ 2012-2013 schedule on Thursday, and as usual, there are some games that obviously stand out from the rest.

While I doubt the Raptors are featured in many, if any, of those games for the casual NBA fan, we’re here to cater to Raptors fans. And with that, here are the games we think you should circle on the calendar:

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Start time: 3:30 PM ET
Channel: TSN2
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson
Los Angeles: Chauncey Billups, Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

Injury report

Toronto: Andrea Bargnani and Jerryd Bayless are both questionable for today’s game.

Los Angeles: Chris Paul and Caron Butler are questionable, Eric Bledsoe is out.

I have to be honest. My main interest in this game is whether or not Chris Paul is playing. He’s on my fantasy team and I probably can’t win my head-to-head matchup for the week without him.

The Raptors are taking a seven-game losing streak and a 2-7 away record into a five-game road trip, starting in the City of Angels. If Chris Paul doesn’t play and Andrea Bargnani does, the Raptors have an outside shot at stealing this one. Without Bargnani, this team has the worst offense in the NBA and its defense — while vastly improved — isn’t nearly good enough to compensate for that. Besides, would you really feel good about the Raptors winning an 82-77 game today? What’s the point?

The Clippers sit atop the Pacific Division with an 8-5 record, which isn’t entirely shocking but it’s still rather jarring since it’s the Clippers we’re talking about. Surprisingly, this isn’t even the franchise’s best start to a season in recent years, since they got off to a 14-5 start in 2005-06. Blake Griffin averaged 21.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in two games against the Raptors last season, so I’ll be inerested to see if Amir and Ed can keep him in check this afternoon.

Random thoughts…

  • Have the Clippers picked up any bandwagon celebrity fans now that they’re actually relevant in L.A.? I know the Clippers have had Billy Crystal and Frankie Muniz on board even during the lean seasons, but I’m mildly curious about who we’ll see at the Staples Centre today.
  • This isn’t exactly obscure, but you may have missed it when it originally aired and it’s the funniest thing I’ve seen on SNL this season. It’s “flirting expert” Rebecca Larue

Blake Griffin

Just when I think this franchise can’t get any lower, the Toronto Raptors create a new definition for rock-bottom. Last night, they visited the Oracle Arena in Oakland just so they could drop their shorts and unload a giant deuce on the hardwood. Teams must lick their lips when they know the Raptors are next on the schedule because of how easily they’ll be able to pad their stats. I’m not sure if anyone knows the record for most dunks in a game by one team, but the Clippers might break it tonight.

Injury report

Toronto: Andrea Bargnani and Reggie Evans are both out for tonight. Jose Calderon, Amir Johnson and Joey Dorsey will all be gametime decisions.

Los Angeles: DeAndre Jordan has pneumonia but he played against the Lakers last night.

One question

1. Do you agree that bringing back Jay Triano to coach the Raptors next season will be equivalent to spitting in the collective face of this team’s fanbase?

Start time: 10:30 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson
Los Angeles: Mo Williams, Eric Gordon, Ryan Gomes, Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman

Tonight’s pregame song is a live performance of  “Guerilla Radio” by Rage Against the Machine from their Battle of Los Angeles album. If they ever release another album, it will almost make up for having to endure this Raptors season.