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I’d call this rock bottom, but the saddest part is that I still think it can get worse.

Here are some thoughts on the game and the general state of this team right now:

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The Raptors look to end an eight-game road losing streak tonight when they take on the Jazz in Utah.

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The writing was on the wall when Bryan Colangelo traded a first-round pick (and Gary Forbes) for point guard Kyle Lowry. Jose Calderon’s days as the starter in Toronto were finished. Both Colangelo and Calderon hinted that a trade would be ideal for both parties.┬áComing off a seven-game stretch as the starter earlier this season where he twice posted 15+ assists, there may never be a better time to trade Calderon.

Dwane Casey has experimented with a two-point-guard lineup, and it hasn’t worked. Kyle Lowry and Calderon both need the ball in their hands to be effective and more to the point, Jose’s atrocious defence makes it difficult to leave him on the court in crunch time. Looking at the big picture – it doesn’t make sense to carry a $10 million veteran backup point guard on a 4-13 team that is building for the future.

Before looking at what kind of return the Raptors could get in a Calderon deal, let’s examine the asset they have…

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If you thought watching the Raptors blow a 10-point fourth quarter lead in their home opener was crushing, how about blowing an 11-point fourth quarter lead and eventually losing in triple-overtime to fall to 1-6 on the season?

Some thoughts on the most “Raptors” of Raptors losses…

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Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Linas Kleiza, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Utah: Mo Williams, Gordon Hayward, Marvin Williams, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

Injury report

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

Utah: Mo Williams is probable, Earl Watson is questionable.

Random thoughts

  • Jamaal Tinsley finished with zero points and 14 assists for the Jazz against the Suns on Saturday. He was the fifth player since 1985 to dish out that many dimes in a game without scoring any points — the other four were Fat Lever, Greg Anthony, Anthony Carter and Rajon Rondo.
  • If the Raptors lose tonight, they’ll match their 1-6 start from the 2010-11 season when they finished with a 22-60 record.
  • The Raptors have a depressing 8-23 record all-time against the Jazz.
  • The Jazz and Raptors met just once last season, and the Raptors triumphed 111-106 in double overtime.
  • I don’t think my enthusiasm for watching, rooting for and writing about this team could be any lower than it is right now. I could really use a random, unexpected Raptors win tonight.