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Toronto Raptors Vs. Washington Wizards: Regular Season Game 25 Open Thread

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2011/12 NBA Regular Season
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8-17 4-20
February 6, 2012
Verizon Center
7 PM
CSN
Starters:
Jose Calderon
PG John Wall
Jerryd Bayless SG Nick Young
DeMar DeRozan SF Chris Singleton
James Johnson PF Trevor Booker
Amir Johnson C JaVale McGee

PREGAME READING: Meet the Raptors (old) | Raptors HQ |

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Pregame notes (constantly refreshing)

  • UPDATE: Rashard Lewis won't play with a sore knee. Chris Singleton will start.
  • After hinting at possibly getting more veterans involved after the loss to the Clippers, Randy Wittman was asked if there would be any lineup changes. He said no, but clarified that "maybe different rotations, things of that nature" would happen.
  • Wittman reiterated that the Wizards' inability to rebound was the main thing that bugged him. "Shooting comes and goes, but rebounding is constant," he said.
  • Speaking on that subject, Wittman admitted that one of the problems with JaVale McGee's rebounding is that he goes for blocks that he shouldn't. "You don't want to take his aggression away, because he is a good shot blocker, but he can't be coming over and jumping over other defenders and missing shot blocks, so now his guy is tipping in the offensive rebound."
  • I asked Wittman how Ronny Turiaf was doing. "He's got a doctor's appointment coming up in the next day or two with a specialist, and I think we'll have a better feel of how much longer he'll need."
  • An astute question was asked about what Wittman and the Wizards can do when there are so few veterans on the court to help calm the young players' down. "I hope [the young players] lean on me a little bit," he said. "I talk to John [Wall] and Shelvin [Mack] -- our quarterbacks out there -- in dead-ball situations, free-throw situations. They're coming over and I'm trying to give them an idea of, 'Hey, they're doing this, so we have to look for that.' I can do that without having to call a timeout and look for everything ... I've got to continue to do a better job of that." Wittman then said he hopes that the young players eventually pick up those things on their own.

Second-half thread at halftime.