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Kyle Lowry back in the lineup? Check. Good start to the game? Check. Fourth quarter lead? Check. Fourth quarter meltdown and the latest in a growing list of frustrating losses? Double check.

Same old Raptors.

Now here are some thoughts on the game…

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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).

I came into Saturday’s game thinking the Raptors could take two from Philly and Utah to temporarily right the ship and stem off the early panic. I came out of this game thinking this team is a loss against Utah on Monday away from cementing the beginning of a disastrous season, though I do understand how short sighted that seems.

Here are some thoughts on yet another frustrating loss:

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Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Alan Anderson, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Dorell Wright, Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen

Injury report

Toronto: The bad news is that Kyle Lowry mill miss tonight’s game. The good news is that Landry Fields will also sit this one out.

Philadelphia: Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson are questionable for tonight, Kwame Brown is out.

Random thoughts

  • Both teams are entering their sixth game of this season, and each team is missing two of their five starters due to injury.
  • As many predicted, Jrue Holiday is “making the leap” in his contract season, averaging 18.6 points, 10.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals while shooting over 40 percent from long range. He was drafted 17th overall in the 2009 draft — DeMar DeRozan went ninth.
  • The 76ers are doing it with defense — they’re third in defensive efficiency but just 28th in offensive efficiency.
  • Philly’s starting center tonight, Lavoy Allen, is listed at six-foot-nine and 255 pounds, so this is a rare opportunity to see what Jonas Valanciunas can do with a significant height advantage.
  • Andrea Bargnani likes playing against this team — he’s averaged 23.2 points per game in his last six matchups with the Sixers
  • Sixers coach Doug Collins is 40th all-time with 411 NBA coaching wins — five wins behind interim Lakers coach Bernie Bickerstaff and 23 wins ahead of Lakers coaching candidate Mike D’Antoni

By this point, most Raptors fans have come to terms with the fact that this team is aiming to make the playoffs this season. We’re not all in agreement about whether it’s good for the franchise to grab a seventh or eighth seed and then get destroyed in the first round, but that is what the 2012-13 Raptors are realistically aspiring to accomplish.

The Toronto Raptors haven’t been invited to the post-season party since 2008, so it would be kind of nice to end that drought — assuming, of course, that it was a sign of greater things to come in future seasons. However, this off-season has shifted the balance of power in the Eastern Conference in a way that should leave little doubt that the Atlantic Division — you know, the division in which the Raptors reside — is the strongest division in the Conference. Matter of fact, it could very well be the deadliest division in the whole league in 2012-13.

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