Tune in on Wednesday evening at 6:50 PM ET as the Toronto Raptors play host to the Philadelphia 76ers. James Borbath will be live blogging for your enjoyment.
Raptors have lost 8 straight and have faces coming and going like crazy. Trey Johnson the latest to come aboard. That sent Gaines overboard. The reason it happens today is because Jose Calderon is healthy and back for the Raptors tonight.
Johnson was the leading scorer in the D-League averaging 26 points .
He was playing with the Bakersfield Jam.
No Kleiza tonight and and Weems was a game time decision.
Julian Wright will get the start at small forward.
He had 11 points 9 rebounds and 2 blocks but also gave up the winning basket to Rudy Gay in a 2 point loss to Memphis
If you have thoughts on this one feel free to chime in.
Sixers come into this one off two wins vs the Suns and Jazz. After a 3-13 start they are 16-12 since then.
The Raptors caught the Sixers early in the season and lead the season series between the Atlantic Division Rivals 2-0.
This is the second one at the ACC and the two teams will hook up one more time in Philly on April 8th.
Ajinca will also make his Raptor debut tonight acquired from Dallas in a trade.
So New Raptors and Healthy Raptors unite and fight to face a tough task in beating the Sixers.
Raptors 986 consecutive game streak with a 3 pointer is over...THANK GOD!!! Raps were 0/13 from three point land vs Grizzlies.
ACC looks really empty and you would think time time was a long time from now but it isn't crowds are getting smaller as Raptors losing streak grows.
Tip time is next ready or not.
Bargnani believe it or not was a question mark for this one at one point but he will go.
Calderon, Derozan, Wright, A.Johnson and Bargs your starting 5 for the Raps.
Holiday, Meeks, Iggy, Brand and Hawes the Starting 5 for Sixers.
New Intro Song for Raps and I hate it....It is that P-Diddy song they always use on NFL Network....Anyway time for basketball.
It is almost time to tip it up in the T-Dot.
DeRozan turnaround jumper and it looked sweet and falls.
Amir taps ball out of bounds it remains with Philly.
Alley Opp Meeks to Brand with the lay in finish.
Steal by Iggy and he slams it down.....4-2 Sixers.
DeRozan on the 2nd attempt scores and ties it up at 4.
Bargs scores for a long 2 after a failed Sixer possession.
Meeks is fouled and at the line makes a pair and were all even at 6.
DeRozan missed a jumper Amir Rebound and Jose misses a 3.
Both teams missing chances and making mistakes and the chaos ends with a blocking foul on Hawes and Bargnani heading to the line with score still tied at 6.
8:52 left in first and Andrea makes both at the line the Raptors lead 8-6.
Hawes comes back on other end and scores off the Holiday feed.
Jrue calls his own number after a Bargs miss and Holiday gives Sixers lead 10-8.
Julian Wright scores to tie but more Holiday as he scores again and makes it 12-10.
Andrea Bargnani the score a steal and DeRozan draws contact in transition.
DeRozan splits two and it is 13-12 Raptors.
Hawes to Williams on the back cut for the easy score.
Amir Johnson answer with his first 2 of the night and it is 15-14 Raps with 6 to play in the 1st.
Hawes a jumper doesn't fall and Wright scores on the other end for Toronto they lead 17-14.
Brand and HAwes get together and make a hoop happen but the Raptors respond with a quick hoop off the pick and roll.
Time out with 4:33 to play in the 1st.- Raptors on Top 19-16.