Open Thread: Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors, Preseason Game 3

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The Essentials:

Wizards (19-63 last season) vs. Raptors (33-49)
3:00 p.m.
Air Canada Center
TV: None
Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Notable Raptors numbers last season

23rd in expected winning percentage (.403)
14th in pace (92 possessions per game)
22nd in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (107)
22nd in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (110)

Pre-game links

Raptors HQ, SB Nation's Toronto Raptors blog
Raptors Republic, Toronto Raptors blog
RaptorBlog
Raptors HQ season preview
Hoops Addict Raptors season preview
Ball Don't Lie Raptors season preview
Raptors Republic game preview
Raptors HQ game preview
GameDay Toronto

Tonight's Projected Starters
Wizards vs. Raptors
Gilbert Arenas
PG Jose Calderon
Randy Foye
SG Sonny Weems
Mike Miller
SF DeMar DeRozan
Antawn Jamison
PF Chris Bosh
Fabricio Oberto
C Andrea Bargnani

 

UPDATE: Randy Foye to start at SG, per Michael Lee's Twitter.

So game 3 of the preseason is upon us, and both teams will be missing key guys.  As was reported yesterday by Michael Lee, Brendan Haywood is out with his injured ankle (it's precautionary, folks, don't go crazy), and Caron Butler is getting a rest because Flip Saunders can give him a rest.

For Toronto, Hedo Turkoglu remains out of action as he continues to recover from the World Championships. 

Toronto's always been a team that has given us some great games in the past, both good and bad.  Hopefully, today will also be like that.  I'd love to see some better defense today, but with Haywood out, I suspect we'll see a ton of open threes and drives to the hoop. 

I should say, we'll probably hear a lot of open threes and drives to the hoop.  This game isn't on TV, so you can only follow it on 106.7 The Fan.  Even with the Skins game going on right now, I'll be listening.

GO WIZARDS!

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