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Xmas is two weeks away. Who has busted out their copy of "From Brooklyn to Toronto"...?? C'mon, admit it, you've got it on repeat!
Wheels down NYC!
Phrase of the night/rest of Raptors season: "It's a business."
Ross said Acy is like a brother and he texts him daily, but understands: "it's a business and they're going to do what we need to do to win"
Terrence Ross on challenge of starting: "I know what to expect now, still learning some new things, but for the most part, I'm just ready.”
"and I'm going to still play my butt off and try to win games for this team."
Full Lowry quote: "That's part of the business. I've been in trade rumours before. I'm still going to go about my business …
Salmons/Patterson/Hayes are scheduled for physicals in the AM, may practice tmrw. Vasquez wont practice until Thurs, getting visa sorted out
Lowry 2/2: "...and try to win games for this team and as long as I'm here I'm going to do that"
Lowry on trade chatter: "I've been in trade rumours before. Imma still go about my business and imma still play my butt off…" 1/2
I'll be posting the brief q&a in a bit.
Casey won't commit to keeping Ross as a starter. "We'll just see where that goes, I'm not sure yet." Says he has to cut down on mistakes
Valanciunas told me he was sick in bed all day yesterday and indeed just ran out of gas tonight.
Casey said his starters were all gassed from the trip/the trade, etc. Not using it as excuse, fact of life.
Lowry on trade rumours: "That's part of the business. I'm going to continue to play my butt off for this team."
Julyan Stone turned an ankle in the first half, per Casey, explaining his absence in the second
26 points and 11 rebs for Andrew Wiggins tonight, but KU loses to Flordida 65-60 ...
After a fabulous Q1...the Raps got picked apart by the Spurs in Q's 2-3-4. Passing/sharing/discipline clinic. SA beats TOR 116-103
Spurs win it 116-103, Raps fall to 7-13 on the season, losing their 4th straight at home (6 of last 7 at ACC)
'Topes lose. Spurs 116, Raps 103.
ACC just erupted for 100th PTS for Raptors. I don't think they know about the new pizza pizza rule
Crowd cheers as the Raptors score 100 points… not realizing they don't get pizza unless the Raps win, which they won't
The fans think they have a shot at pizza, BUT THEY DON'T
On a positive note, the Raps have eclipsed 20 assists for the first time in 7 games and only the 4th time in 20 games this season
Jonas is back in the game inserted at the 2:24 mark for the Raptors hoping to make spark a run that doesn’t look likely.
When Austin Daye (-1) is your best +/- you have some serious soul searching to do
The Spurs just had all of this amazing passing, and it ended with Marco !!! passing to Green. He missed.
Equally big hand for "lumberjack from New Hampshire … dweeb, egghead” Matt Bonner
Another nice hand from the ACC crowd, this for Matt Bonner. Glad the Spurs are giving them something to cheer about, Raps haven't in 30 mins
Raptors getting stomped. Cue Katy Perry's Fireworks!
Pop on Cory Joseph pre-game: "He'd probably do better if his coach would play him more"
I think about now Terrence Ross is going 'Man, this being an NBA starter thing is harder than it looked' ....
Cory Joseph gets a nice hand from the home crowd upon entering the game for the first time tonight. Good to see.
Cory Joseph in. Polite applause!
DeRozan started 5-for-11 (against Green or Kawhi). Since Leonard put on him, just 1-for-4
Spurs up 100-78 on the Raps… I have leftover falafel waiting for me in my fridge, are we about done here?
Nuggets bench outscored Toronto’s 73-9. Lakers had 71 against undermanned bench, Spurs tonight with 46 (to 8)
Spurs are shooting 10/16 from three, with a 40-8 advantage in bench points, 40-26 in the paint, 16-12 off turnovers
Spurs 89, Raps 74. Bench points: Spurs 40, Raptors 8.
I guess Jonas was not prepared for Aron Baynes' quick first step.
And Ross promptly makes one of the most horrific (but fun to watch) passes I’ve ever seen. To be fair, he’s passed far better tonight
Rudy Gay ain't walkin' through that door.
Miami and San Antonio are on a different level passing the ball.
Diaw and Manu just had the slowest unfolding play ever, and it ended in a Manu 3, and it was strangely gorgeous.
Excellent use of the "Hibbert", as Valanciunas goes straight up and forces Tony Parker into an off balance shot
Lowry looking to exploit the mismatch with Diaw and it dribbles out of bounds.
Valanciunas, in first 8 minutes of playing time: 10 points, 3 rebounds. In last 12 minutes: 0 points, 1 rebound.
Dwight Buycks sighting midway through the 3rd. The Julyan Stone-run offence in the 2nd was… not so good
Dwane trying to find something that works and Dwight with the 3 to get the ball rolling.
A Kawhi Leonard-Giannis Antetokounmpo high five would end the world
San Antonio Spurs, 15-4, dressing 6 2nd round picks; two 28th overall picks; the 30th overall pick and a non-drafted free agent.
Lowry does the “Hibbert” to force a rare inside Parker miss.
Raptors blow lead, trail, 59-53 after entertaining half. Lowry with 8-5-5 and has made Parker work hard.
Raptors trail 59-53 after an entertaining half. This is going PERFECTLY.
Raps have looked like an undermanned team in the second quarter. Amir/JV/DeMar/Lowry have been excellent, getting nothing from the rest
Second straight game DeRozan has recorded 5 assists, 3rd time this season. He had 5+ assists 12 times last year, 5 times in first 3 seasons
Kyle Lowry improving his resume tonight. 6/5/4 so far
As long as, a) he stays healthy, b) Casey is the coach, c) Raps are trying to win games, very good chance DeMar leads NBA in minutes played
Casey said he’d free Austin Daye … Won’t be for long if this keeps up.
Amir with a really swell block on Kawhi. Like, really swell. Leonard lay there like a dead man for a minute to really sell it, too.
Just realized I'm never going to get to see Gay, Daye and Gray play together.
Amir and Lowry boasting the two highest +/- so far, which is probably not coincidental.
Top option DeRozan hits a tough jumper over Kawhi now.
Global Ambassador Drake in the house. Some older dude who definitely isn’t the Weeknd sitting beside him.
THE GLOBAL AMBASSADOR IN THE HOUSE
Have a feeling DeMar will see a lot of Kawhi in the second half. Doing what he wants against Green.
Spurs bench (the third best in the league in terms of ppg) have outscored Toronto's reserves (ranked 25th) 25-2 so far
Baynes is dominating his former practice foe Valanciunas
Pass, Marco. Pass. Pass. Pass.
Aron Baynes gets a dunk because the entire world was stunned Marco Belinelli passed the ball
Lowry back in and not a moment too soon. Austin Daye in and not a moment too… never mind
This is more like it… 13-2 Spurs run to open the second, Raps lead is down to 1
This team really seems to get worse when Kyle Lowry isn't playing. huh.
Sans Greivis, this second group is still a bit of a mess. Raps haven't scored in 2:19 to begin the 2ndQ. In comes DeMar
Ginobili early on firing on all cylinders from beyond the arc. So far perfect in his 9 minutes of action as he is shooting 3-5 FG