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- The Raptors may be without forward Andrea Bargnani. Bargnani will dress but is suffering from a sore left ankle suffered in Tuesday night’s loss at San Antonio in which he scored 21 points.
- When you’re a member of the Grizzlies’ bench, playing time is going to fluctuate, especially when coach Lionel Hollins now has five players that he feels comfortable using. But all five will not get consistent playing time. According to Hollins, it matchups will dictate playing time as much as anything. Such was the case in the Monday night’s game against Cleveland when Hollins chose to go with Darrell Arthur over Marreese Speights in the second half. “Every night it will come down to whether or not the right matchup is out there for them to get a large number of minutes, regardless of how well they’re shooting the ball or not shooting the ball,” Hollins said. “It’s more about having the right matchups.”
- The Grizzlies welcome starting point guard Mike Conley back into the lineup. Conley missed Monday’s game against Cleveland with the flu and as a result, the Grizzlies struggled in their halfcourt offense, particularly in pick-and-roll situations. “He’s our floor general,” Hollins said. “I’ve said all along, people don’t want to give Mike his due for what he brings to our team. We were limited offensively. We struggled all night offensively getting into what we wanted to and getting people to where they needed to be. We were basically just throwing the ball into the post and hoping for the best.”
- Toronto is one of three teams in the NBA with three or more players averaging 17 or more points a game – Bargnani (17.9), DeMar DeRozan (18.3) and Kyle Lowry (17).
- Rookie point guard Terrence Ross is coming off career highs in points (19), rebounds (5) and minutes (36) in Tuesday night’s loss at San Antonio.
– Marlon W. Morgan