Sixers at Raptors game-day Dino-bytes
PHILADELPHIA (3-2) at TORONTO (1-4)
TIPOFF: 7 p.m.
TV: TSN; RADIO: FAN590
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Dorrell Wright, Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen; Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Dwane Casey Won’t Say, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Key backups tonight:
Philadelphia: Spencer Hawes, Nick Young; Toronto: John Lucas III, Amir Johnson.
What happened this morning
A depleted group
Kyle Lowry is taking it slow and sure with his sore right ankle and he’ll miss his second game. Most interesting thing about it is he said he originally hurt it in the summer and is now being careful not to rush back.
And Landry Fields won’t play. He’s got some soreness and discomfort in his right wrist; he saw a doctor Friday who referred him to a specialist he’ll see next week. No, there is no prognosis yet and, yes, it has contributed to some of his early-season results.
Trickle down effect
The absences are forcing Dwane Casey to tweak his starting lineup but he probably would have made changes anyway and there may be more coming.
The coach, mindful that we’re so well read here that the Sixers will be checking, is holding his cards close to his vest and said we’d have to guess who his starters will be. He’ll tell us around game time.
So, let’s guess.
To be a bit of a contrarian, I’m going with Calderon, DeRozan, Dom McGuire, Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas but I think Valanciunas only gets about five or six minutes to start.
Tune in tonight to find out.
Here’s one for you:
The last time these teams played was April, late in the season and Toronto trotted the likes of Justin Dentmon, Ben Uzoh, Solomon Alabi, James Johnson and Gary Forbes off the bench in a 93-75 loss.
That’s an average D League team.
Sixers are hot.
After averaging about 83 points a game in their first four, they exploded for 106 in a win in Boston on Friday night. The guard duo of Holiday (21 points, 14 assists) and Turner (25 points, 11 rebounds) was pretty good.
It’s camouflage jersey night as a way to recognize the Canadian armed forces and tomorrow’s Remembrance Day. It’s one of two times the Raptors will wear those delightful uniforms this season.
Ooh, it’s a tiebreaker!
The all-time series between the Raptors and Sixers is tied 32-32.
Zach Zarba, Sean Corbin and JT Orr are the officials, if that matters to any of you.