Clippers at Raptors, game-day Dino-bytes
Our game-day update for Friday’s Clippers-Raptors tilt.
L.A. CLIPPERS (34-13) vs. TORONTO (16-30)
Air Canada Centre
TIPOFF: 7 p.m.
TV: TSN; RADIO: FAN590
WEB: Barring any unforeseen circumstances (and I’m hoping against them), we’ll be here for the usual in-game blog shortly before 7 p.m.
Los Angeles: Eric Bledsoe, Willie Green, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan; Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Alan Anderson, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray.
Key backups tonight
Los Angeles: Jamal Crawford (leading candidate for sixth man award), Grant Hill (veteran has lots of game left); Toronto: John Lucas III (coming off solid Atlanta game), Landry Fields (need defence off the bench).
Clippers lead, 1-0.
The Raptors were drilled 102-83 in Los Angeles as part of the dreadful 0-fer trip out west in early December. On the good news side of things, Toronto is 11-5 at home all-time vs. the Clips and has won three straight.
What happened this morning?
Who might play?
It’ll depend on a lot of other factors on whether Rudy Gay, who is in town, gets to dress tonight; everyone else involved in the transaction has to report to his new team and pass a physical (the Raptors have waived that provision for Hamed Haddadi so that’s not a factor) before anyone can either practice or play.
But the fact Gay didn’t even make it to watch shootaround would make it appear he’ll be a spectator tonight.
But the two injured big men – Jonas Valanciunas and Andrea Bargnani – are far closer to getting back into uniform.
“I don’t know,” is what Dwane Casey said post-shootaround about the possibility of one or both getting back into action Friday night.
“We’ll see come game time.”
Total guess: Valanciunas is ready to go.
Wildly entertaining but probably meaningless stat, No. 1
Toronto has led after the first quarter of seven straight games.
The men in charge
Marc Davis, Brian Forte and Mark Lindsay will officiate the festivities.
They’re already sorry.
Of the Clippers
From the cyber pages of the Los Angeles Times, we learn that less doesn’t necessarily mean less for Caron Butler.
The numbers game
Rudy Gay will wear uniform No. 22 for Toronto. And he joins an illustrious group.
John Salley (memorable), Sean Marks (now an executive in San Antonio), Dion Glover (who knows where he might be) and – ta-da! – Alvin Wiilliams, who I recall wore No. 22 for the quarter of the season when he first arrived so Toronto could hold a firesale on No. 20 Damon Stoudamire jerseys.
Wildly entertaining but probably meaningless stat, No. 2
In 15 January games, the Raptors averaged exactly 100.0 points per game, their best offensive month of the season.
More on the Clippers
They won’t have Chris Paul tonight (he’s got a bone bruise on his right knee) but Dwane Casey was singing the praises of backup Eric Bledsoe this morning.
And rightfully so.
Bledsoe comes in off a great game Wednesday in Minnesota when he had 10 points, 10 assists and six steals. Only three other Clippers have put up those numbers in a game in the past 20 years: Chris Paul, Pooh Richardson and Ron Harper.