Tuesday March 16 2010 – 10:56pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
After landing off a red-eye from Portland EARLY on Monday morning and then practicing later that day in spite of the travel (a RARITY in the NBA) … Jay Triano had his team back on the floor for another long season on Tuesday afternoon.
The Raptors were on the floor for more than two and a half hours on Tuesday as they prep for the Atlanta Hawks tomorrow night.
There has been a lot of speculation regarding the starting five for Tuesday’s tilt but Triano hasn’t officially confirmed anything as of yet. The most likely scenario though would see Jose Calderon inserted into the starting line up for Jarrett Jack. Talk of moving out DeMar DeRozan may be premature as well, given that Antoine Wright has been nursing an ankle injury since Sunday night. In fact, deflection or not, Triano said no one on the second unit has really jumped out at him RE: nabbing a starting role
For his part … Jarrett Jack stressed that if he is replaced as the starting PG, he’ll still play as hard as he can for every second that he’s on the floor and he’s not concerned with coming off the bench or starting. He said he’s just happy to be home (note: the Raptors are 22-10 at the ACC this year).
Toronto will be looking for win #23 against an Atlanta team that will be coming in on the back to back and likely playing without all star Joe Johnson as well.