And by open thread I mean we’ll let you write the pre-game for this one. Some bullet points:

  • Amir Johnson is a game-time decision.
  • Washington has one road win
  • This is the last home game before the Raptors hit the West for five games: @OKC @DEN @PHO @GSW @LAC
  • Jay Triano’s post-practice interview where he doesn’t say much.
  • Raptors are three games better than Minnesota for the fourth-worst record, meaning they’re in fifth.
  • #5 picks since 2000: DeMarcus Cousins, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Shelden Williams, Raymond Felton, Devin Harris, Dwayne Wade, Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Jason Richardson, Mike Miller

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  • Ryan-v

    A loss tonight would be huge for us, Don’t get me wrong i like winning, bi-winning even, but the outcome of this game matters as much as fergies wardrobe choice… matter how you wrap it, its still gonna be ugly…

    • JezusP

      All I care about is Ed Davis being more involved in the offence. He went 1-2 FG last game. RUN MORE PLAYS FOR HIM TRIANO!!!!!!!

  • BCGheradiniJayGots2Go!

    Tanking is for suckas- especially in a weak draft with no projected immediate impact players.

    As well, there might not even be a draft-season.

    Plus some players may not even decalre ie TJones, BKnight, Sullinger, Irving- making the draft even weaker.

    Hopefully Jay can get the players motivated to go out and play hard for 4Qs if not it could be a close game and/or the Wizard’s second road win of the year. Need to contain JWall in transition & keep Washington off of the boards for second shots.

    This is a very winnable game at home.

    • Mediumcore

      Just wanted to clarify…would tanking be alright if it was a better draft class?

      I realize tanking isn’t very sportsman like, but I ask myself “Mediumcore, even if this current roster played to it’s full potential every game, for 4 quarters, how good could they be?”. Maybe sneak into the 7th or 8th spot (in the east). By the way the scenario of playing to your full potential every game, every quarter is highly unlikely. This team needs an infusion of talent to get better, and the draft is the best way to acheive that.

      • BCGheradiniJayGots2Go!

        Play to win let the chips fall where they may.

        • Nilanka15

          At this point in the season, I don’t see much point in trying to win as many games as possible. Even in a weak draft, the higher the draft position, the better.

    • Anonymous

      dude stfu stop playing the “what if” game, you don’t know what’s gonna happen so wait until it happens. What are you some kind of draft analyst that can predict the future? there’s some good pieces in this draft and any of those guys will jump at declaring for the draft if their stock is high..which it is.

      • BCGheradiniJayGots2Go!

        lol Get a clue, Sherlock.

        • Anonymous

          Get a life, loser.

  • Ryan-v

    I just hope Mcgee doesnt get another 12 blocks, although if Flip Saunders runs plays for him to get him a triple double, well win for sure….

  • The Wizards have won one road game all season. ONE. I think the Raptors have the edge here, no matter how they play. It will be an effort to actually lose this game. For those hoping for another loss to move up in the draft, don’t get your hopes up.

  • tonious35

    Just take a win here. I know this draft is weak, but for GOD sakes, the higher the draft pick, the more epic the disappointment from Bryan Colangelo and Jim Kelly “scouting” department.

    • Perhaps you can detail all the bad draft picks COlangelo has made. Even if you don’t like Bargnani, he wasn’t a bad pick considering who else was available. And DeRozan and Davis both look as if they are going to be among the best players taken in their draft. You can criticize Colangelo for a lot of things, but not his drafting. Especially not in the lottery.

      • Balls of Steel

        We usually agree but my money was on Lamarcus back in 06. I really did thought he was a better player. Many can accuse me that I looked at Bargs’ numbers at Treviso and was completely underwhelmed (I did, and yes, the length of games in the season was lower). I won’t beat this like a dead horse though.

        • Don’t worry, we still agree here. Aldridge was my pick at #1 in 2006 and was pissed when it was Bargnani. My point, though, is that it still wasn’t a bad pick.

      • Irene Earl

        In addition he also drafted Nash, Marion, & Stoudimire at Phoenix at relatively low picks.

        The thing about drafting is that it is not an exact science – the history of pro sports is littered with can’t miss prospects who missed and low picks who became stars.

        For all thecriticism Colangelo receives for picking Bargnani, I will argue he has the skills and natural talent that BC and his scouting team foresaw in 2006 – what he lacks is that internal drive to be the best (much like Vince Carter) which is much harder thing to gauge – perhaps it is because he wasn’t challenged growing up in Italy like he would have been in the US.

        That said, I don’t see him being the millstone around the franchise’s neck like many do – he isn’t paid to be a franchise player – I would rather have AB at his salary than Andre Igadoula, Danny Granger, etc. – players of similar abilities who make max money nd are truly millstones around their frachises neck.

  • jeff_hostetler

    Don’t want to be a buzz-kill, but finishing with the 5th worst record means the Raps are most likely to end up with the 6th pick in the draft. Likewise, the team with with worst record is most likely to end up drafting at the 4 spot.

    Interestingly the team with the worst record is MORE likely to end up drafting at the 4 spot than the team with the second worst record, who are more likely to draft at any of the 1-3 spots than they are to drop to the 5th spot.

    • Maleko

      Actually 5th spot has also won the lottery the most times since the current system went in place in 1990. Just saying.

  • jeff_hostetler

    However, to counter said buzz-kill, the Wiz had the fifth-worst record last year and won the lottery.

  • jeff_hostetler

    Therefore, my overall contribution to this thread = zero.

  • Fivedefy

    hmmm, totally don’t care about this game and just realized they lost to the pistons. yup, it’s official: pure, unadulterated, funky as funk apathy has set in for me. BC needs to make some serious noise this summer or it’s going to get scary next year, attendance wise.

  • albertan_10

    This will be the game where Bargnani either proves he can be a corner piece moving forward or he proves he isn’t able to fill those shoes. If he can’t then he gets traded on draft night

    • Nilanka15

      Hasn’t he already proved that he’s not a corner piece?

      The jury’s still out on DeRozan and Davis, but it could very well be that there isn’t a single corner piece on this roster.

    • After nearly five seasons, it’s down to one game to decide his future?

      • slaw

        Yes, Tim. Yes it will. This meaningless game, against one of the worst basketball teams in modern NBA history, played against the backdrop of the worst season in the history of Raptors organization will prove, once and for all, if Bargnani is an elite player.

        If Bargs goes for 30/12 against the vaunted Wizards defense (23rd ranked) featuring such stalwarts as Hilton Armstrong and JaVale McGee, we’ll know he’s the guy to take the Raps to the promised land.

        • albertan_10

          I’m just saying it will the straw that broke the camels back.

  • Meh

    Why do people think the raptors are tanking? They just naturally suck that bad on some nights.