Raptors tipoff: Bring on the Nets

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:58 PM ET

TORONTO - Nets at Raptors

TSN2/Fan 590; 6 p.m.

Marquee Matchup

Sasha Vujacic vs. DeMar DeRozan

Not exactly Bird vs. Magic, but then again Nets and Raptors are far from being relevant these days and both teams struggle to find a win and a lineup that doesn’t have game time decisions attached to a name. Vujacic has been given a chance to play extended minutes in New Jersey. In L.A. with the Lakers, he was a bench player who would spot up and be asked to knock down shots. DeRozan is more athletic, will get to the line and has an advantage, which he must capitalize. Vujacic is the better shooter, but he’s not known as a scorer given his lack of explosiveness off the dribble. But he has made more starts with the Nets than at any time during his career and Vujacic is averaging 11.1 points, the most during his career.

Scouting Report

Without Deron Williams (wrist), the Nets are hard-pressed to beat any team. Jordan Farmar is now being asked to run the show from the point position, but he’s no D-Will. Brook Lopez is New Jersey’s best player and the more times the Nets feed the post, the better their chances of staying competitive. There’s no bench to speak of, which is something the Raptors can easily relate. Like any team playing on the road that’s undermanned, it all comes down to limiting turnovers, making the most out of every possession and defence. Having said that, the Nets have lost eight of nine and 12 of their last 14 games.

Did You Know

Lopez needed 17 field goal attempts to score 27 points in a loss to the Knicks ... Minority owner Jay-Z was caught paying a visit to Kentucky’s locker room following the Wildcats’ Elite Eight win, an offence that earned the Nets a $50,000 fine by the NBA ... Ex-Raptor Kris Humphries (ankle) is done for the season. Depending on his free agent intentions, he may be done as a Net ... Sundiata Gaines, who earlier this season signed two 10-day contracts with the Raptors, is also done after hurting his hip ... Anthony Morrow’s knee tendinitis makes him questionable for tonight’s tip.


Videos

Photos