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As the plethora of Raptors-related trade rumours – most of which will likely include Andrea Bargnani – roll in leading up to Thursday’s trade deadline, I’ll try to post some quick thoughts and analysis on each one. So far this season when it comes to Bargnani, we’ve already talked about blockbuster deals like trading for Pau Gasol, Carlos Boozer and Pau Gasol again. Perhaps an indication of just how low Bargs’ trade value is right now though is the latest report.

On Friday, Fox Sports Ohio reported that according to sources, the Raptors have engaged the 76ers in Bargnani trade talks, with Sam Amico writing that “a Western Conference executive suspects it would involve center Spencer Hawes.”

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Think of all the excruciating, gut-wrenching, frustrating, infuriating, painful losses we’ve watched in the first half of this season alone, usually involving a blown lead or two, and then believe me when I tell you that Friday’s blown lead and loss in Philadelphia was the worst one yet.

That pretty much says it all right there, but here are some thoughts on this absolute disaster of a game…

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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.

The Raptors got a big effort from all five of their starters and and found a way to grind out an ugly victory over the 76ers in Toronto.

Here are some thoughts on the game:
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The Raptors continue their season high six-game¬†homestand by hosting Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors are winless in their own division this season, but they’ll have a good shot to change that tonight against a Sixers team that has lost four straight.

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