Get your fixings with some (Washington) bullet points!
- The Raptors will be without the services of Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon. Both did not make the trip to Philly because they're lactose intolerant and who wants a cheese steak without wiz, seriously. 'Drea kills us, so it's terrific news that the (Veloci)Raptors don't feel like wasting his time with this game when they're 15 games out of a playoff spot with 4 to play. I'm no math wiz but I'm guessing their chances at making said playoffs are relatively slim.
- Without Bargnani in the lineup, there's one less player whose name begins with the letters A-N-D-R-E. Iguodala and Nocioni remain.
- Last time these two teams met, Marreese Speights scored 17 points...in a half! With the Raptors running their B-Squad out there, let's hope Dougie C gives Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes a smaller load. Please give Dre less than 30 minutes tonight, also.
- Ed Davis is better than I thought he'd be. Not sure why Reggie Evans starts in front of him sometimes, other than to fulfill the quota of grundle grabs that David Stern recently demanded. Jay Triano, who will be out of a job in a few minutes, is apparently trying to save it by winning another game or two down the stretch. I love how coaches/front office are so obsessed with winning even if it's to the detriment of a franchise. I'll take my picks and my development and be on my way, thanks very much.
Game Thread will be up later.