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Toronto doing a brutal job covering the perimeter. Casey can't be happy. Atlanta is 7/11 from distance. Korver alone: 4/5 (game high 12 pts)
Raptors' NBA rank in fouls committed over last 3 years: 2nd, 1st, 1st. They've been whistled for 10 midway through the 2ndQ tonight
Borderline offensive Spanish lessons with Greivis Vasquez on scoreboard now.
Safe to say we may not see another Korver block but maybe another three. He’s beginning to feel it for ATL.
Ross gives Korver some payback by drilling a three on him,. Korver was late getting to him, just as Ross had been on Korver earlier.
Casey was MAD about Jonas picking up his third there. You know Milsap's pump fakes were on the scouting report.
So much shooting on the floor for Atlanta: Millsap, Scott, Carroll, Korver. Not fair.
6:45 to go in Q2 and atlanta is already in the penalty. Free throws galore for the raps...if they stay aggressive. Toronto up 9.
Casey, asked if there's a better 3pt shooter in the NBA than Korver pre-game: "If there is, I haven't met him". He's made 2 of 3 so far
15 minutes in and Casey has found at least 5 minutes for 10 guys ... keeping everyone happy playing 10 won't be easy.
Vasquez just worked his ass off to stick with Korver off a series of screens. Nice.
I’ve never been a fan of five-man bench units but this is probably the best version of that the Raps have ever had.
Raptor fans are going to like Lou Williams. You could tell the Hawks were kind of bummed he was given away for nothing.
Vasquez struggled with his shot in pre-season, said he never plays well in exhibition. He's hit his first two treys tonight.
Herbie's pronunciation of "Schröder" is in mid-season form
Raptors up on the Hawks 24-22 after 1Q. Out-rebounding ATL 15-10, which will please Casey. Amir/DeRozan lead all scorers w/ 6 apiece
Raptors lead 24-22 after a quarter. Neither team shooting well. Raptors listening to wishes of Casey, doing fine work on boards.
All subs on the floor to close out 1stQ. Vasquez/Lou/JJ/Pat/Hans. Interested to see how this unit fairs. Talented but inexperience together
James Johnson checks in, draws the Thabo assignment. Patterson in as well. They're with Lowry/DeRozan/Hansbrough. 19-16 Raps, 3:13 1stQ
Amir Johnson stay Amirin'
This will likely be a game where Raptors will need big games from Ross/Valanciunas/Lowry. DeRozan struggles against these defenders.
So, about lowering the fouls? Raps have picked up 6 in 6:32.
JV goes to the bench with two quick fouls. Hansbrough - not Patterson - in for him. Odd.
First 7:30 home start of the season, by the way. Noticeable difference early in the first quarter. ACC was packed for the intros
I didn't see Tyler Hansbrough as the first big coming off the bench.
Raptors were one of most foul-prone teams in league last year and it’s happening again so far.
5 Raptors' FGs, all 5 starters have scored. Early 11-5 lead for Toronto.
Five baskets, five scorers for the Raps early on.
Maybe Amir Johnson was just taking it easy in pre-season. Seems to have more bounce tonight.
Couple DeMar stoppers on this Hawks team - DeMarre Carroll/Thabo Sefolosha - both excellent perimeter defenders. He'll be tested out of gate
The king of the mid-range game, DeMar DeRozan, scores the first bucket of the year after Raptors force a 24-second violation.
Re-mix to last season's We The North vid plays before tip-off - Raptors players are narrating
James Johnson starts the year as the last part of the high-five train.
New warmups for the Raptors. Trail Blazers meets Raptors
Huge roar for head coach Dwane Casey.
"It is challenging but for us we have to make sure we stay loose. Emotions are going to be running high” Horford on sitting through ceremony
Must be so weird for the Hawks playing in front of a crowd. Especially one this amped.
Killah Lowry to say a few words. Gets a standing ovation
Meanwhile, in Memphis, somewhat fittingly, Air Canada Jr., Andrew Wiggins, debuts against Vince Carter, formerly Air Canada.
Dr. J socks equipped. Let’s do this.
CJ Miles is 0-for-6 already. The year of Pacers sadness has begun.
Disappointing lack of fineable offences from Drake/Ujiri's ramblings to the masses.
Nice to have Al Horford back. Could win Magic Johnson award as best star player with media. He’s good.
Uh oh, Masai and Drake share the stage in Maple Leaf Square. Someone's losing some $
10 Raptors opening night starting SFs in 10 years: Ross, Gay, Fields, Butler, Kleiza, Turkoglu, Moon, Kapono, Peterson, Graham
"I think Raptor fans are gong to be really happy with him.” - Horford on Bebe.
“He's very young, but he's going to be a great player I believe in him.” Al Horford on Lucas Nogueira
Ross = 10th different opening night starting SF in 10 years since VC was traded… to clarify
Tonight Terrence Ross becomes the Raptors' 10th different opening night starting SF since Vince Carter was traded
Casey calls Hawks "Spurs East" (Budenholzer Effect). Says they might spread floor even better than Spurs.
Less than 2 hours to tip http://t.co/Sv6S9dCHSV
Raptors white out for the opener http://t.co/4g4dTuvKU7
Context: Casey compared coaching in Dallas, a football town to coaching in Toronto, a hockey town. Said hoops is starting to share spotlight
Loved this from Casey today: "The Cowboys for years have been great in Texas and the Leafs have been (pause) the show here in Toronto."
Are the Raps better than last year? Casey: "We don't know. We've got to play the games first. Give me a couple weeks and I'll let you know"
Tonight, Dwane Casey becomes just the second Raptors head coach to be in charge for four consecutive openers. (Smitch, 5, 04-08)
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