Raptors limp to the finish line

The Globe and Mail

(TIM SHAFFER)

Just because it is the final game of the regular season Wednesday night against the Miami Heat Toronto Raptors coach Jay Triano didn't expect the basketball Gods to suddenly start smiling down on the beleaguered club.

Triano confirmed Wednesday afternoon following team shoot-around at the Air Canada Centre that once again he would only have eight players at his disposal for the finale because of injury.

Story continues below ad

It was hoped that forward Sonny Weems (knee) might have been able to go, but Triano has ruled that out.

He will join a myriad of others on the sidelines, including Andrea Bargnani (right ankle), Leandro Barbosa (right pinky finger), Jose Calderon (left hamstring), Reggie Evans (left index finger) and Amir Johnson (left ankle).

To give you an idea of how hamstrung the Raptors have been this season as a result of injuries, sophomore DeMar DeRozan will become just the fourth player in franchise history to start all 82 regular season games once he gets the call tonight for Toronto.

DeRozan would join Vince Carter (1999-00), Alvin Williams (2001-02) and Anthony Parker (2007-08) as the only players to start every game in a single season.

Good thing the season is almost over.

With the Heat already having secured the No. 2 seed in the East and with nothing left to play for, don't expect the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to receive much playing time.

Follow us on Twitter: @Globe_Sports