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Raptors rank 10th on the season, giving up 10.7 offensive rebounds per game. Over last 16 they're surrendering 12.1 (26th in NBA)
Raptors have now given up 10 or more offensive boards in 12 of their last 17 games. Wolves have 10 with just under 4 mins to go in 1st half
The “Nikooooola” in-arena shoutout to the tune of Ricola every time Pekovic scores isn’t bad, actually.
Strange half. Wolves have followed up Toronto's 18-0 run with a 9-0 stretch of their own. Raps time out, their lead is down to 4
Raptors have scored the first 13 points of the 2ndQ, 18-0 run overall. Threes from Novak, DeRozan, Vasquez. Raps are 6/7 from deep, lead 13
Wolves rank 15th in NBA in opponent’s three-point percentage, but Raptors have started 6-of-7 from three.
Tied at 33 after 1Q. Despite shooting 68%, Raps have 7 turnovers, given up 6 offensive rebounds. Wolves have attempted 11 more shots
Kevin Love’s a lot like Andrea Bargnani. He’s tall and he’s white.
With 10 first-quarter points (3/3 FG, 2/2 3pt), Ross has scored in double figures in 6 straight games for the first time in his career
Sans Patterson, Steve Novak is the first Raptor off the bench, in for JV. Raps playing small with Pek sitting
Lowry on last foul: “That’s bullshit, man."
Casey was quite concerned about Minny’s work on the boards and ability to create turnovers. Seeing both early
Another good start from Valanciunas very active and smartly not trying to back down Pekovic. That won’t work
Adelman told me he was surprised to hear Lowry on block earlier: “Whoever would have gotten him would have gotten a very valuable player."
Wolves have won 7 of 9 overall, scoring 100+ in 8 of 9. They're 4th in the NBA in scoring. Raps are 29-7 when holding teams under 100 pts
While Hayes/Lowry love always tops all from Adelman, spoke highly of Raptors in general and Casey. Didn’t try to pronounce Valanciunas
Raps, for whatever reason, have had the Wolves' #, taking 17 of last 18 meetings. They can sweep season-series for 8th time in last 10 years
Adelman said Chuck Hayes is one of his favourite players and said the team tried to acquire him but it didn’t work out.
Ricky Rubio walks by media room, flicks lights to copy machine room on/off repeatedly. Pek pulls him away. Nice lady tells me it’s a ritual
Casey said Chuck wasnt a fan of the "old-man strength" term used for him the other day. Liked "strength" part, didnt care for "old-man" part
Casey on Patterson: "It's never a good time to lose a guy like him because he has been so important to us, offensively and defensively"
Casey on Pat injury: "Its a big (loss) because of how he stretches the floor & the things he brings to the table so we're going to miss him"
Casey said he’s not thinking about his contract status or coach of the year voting at all. Focus is the classic one game at a time.
"We still have guys that we can go to, but Pat just brings a different dynamic from all the other bigs on the team.” - John Salmons
"Next man up," says Casey. Opportunity for Hansbrough, Hayes and even Novak (depending on matchup) with Patterson out
Team isn’t exactly sure how Patterson aggravated his injury. Originally hurt it getting tangled up with somebody
Rick Adelman again raved about his former players Kyle Lowry and Chuck Hayes. Said “you aren’t moving Chuck Hayes."
Chance for others to step up, Casey and team says. Was a last-minute scratch tonight
Patrick Patterson out 7-10 days with an elbow ligament injury. Will be reevaluated but the hope is it heals up and he’s fine
The Patterson elbow injury apparently happened earlier this year. He's been playing through it/through the pain. Re aggravated it Fri vs SAC
Patterson has been playing through the elbow injury, sustained it a few weeks back but aggravated it Fri. Docs recommended 7-10 days of rest
Patrick Patterson will not play tonight, he's expected to be out 7-10 days with an ulnar collateral sprain in his right elbow
Patterson had played through discomfort, re-aggravated elbow Fri. night. Rest is what he needs
Elbow injury to sideline Raptors Patrick Patterson 7-10 days
Raptors have recalled Dwight Buycks from D-League Bakersfield. He appeared in 3 games for the Jam since being reassigned on Wednesday
Another Canadian, Toronto’s Daniel Mullings, joins Ejim as a Canadian conference player of the year. Wins WAC honour.
"It is the golden age of basketball in the words," of Steve Nash. Congrats to Melvin Ejim & Andrew Wiggins for Big 12 Player of the Year.
Congrats to Dave Smart and the Ravens on their 10th CIS title. Simply remarkable.
Gee-Gees cannot get a bucket in the down the stretch.
Korver and LeBron streaks end the same week
Always wondered what a Bosh-Noah front court would have been like in Toronto. Before that, a Bosh-Okafor one.
Thus, I will stop referring to the VC trade as the worst in NBA history.
Knicks also lost Camby and a young Nene to get McDyess. Now Noah might recruit Melo away. What a franchise
Looking back, the Eddy Curry trade was probably even worse than the Vince Carter deal. Knicks could have had Aldridge and Noah
Da Bulls be beasts. Will be 0.5 behind Raptors for third in East, game up in win column.
Ravens getting sloppy with the ball here
From what I've seen refs are way too eager to make hero calls at Final 8, lot of weak charge calls.
Great looking atmosphere at Canadian Tire Centre for Carleton-Ottawa, Ravens 54-48 w 2 mins left in 3rd
Let Jesus in and He will make you aware of the simple blessings in life that before were so easily ignored.
Joakim Noah is a joy.
It’s possible that Raptors domination over Wolves might be some kind of cosmic payback for Toronto getting Rob Babcock.
Back to hoops. No Raptos shootaround today. Toronto owns Minnesota like few other teams. Have dominated over years
There will always be debate between Biggie and Tupac. Both very different. As a pure rapper, skills, flow, story-telling, I take B.I.G.
Three Canadians up for Wooden Award this year, two last year. Not too shabby.
The greatest rapper of all-time died on March 9th.
Good morning world.
Spotted @kingjames in the building for Big Z retirement ceremony
What a game in Ann Arbor.
Another huge day for Canadians in the NCAA. Wichita State sure looking like a No.1, as is Andrew Wiggins. Stauskas/Mich holding off Hoosiers
Remember when Kanye and 50 Cent had a competition to see who would sell the most records, and nobody knew who would win?