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Kylle Lowry has taken over the game, lifting his teammates on his back. The rest of them, Patterson aside, look like they got kicked in head
Make that 13 straight Raptor points for Lowry (3 treys, 4 FTs). Tie game.
After the team went 5:33 without a point, Lowry has scored 10 straight for the Raptors (2 treys, 4 FTs). Sixers lead is down to 2
They need the shooting Vasquez provides, but he’s a turnstile defensively. Puts ton of pressure on bigs behind him.
Raptors went nearly 6 full minutes without a FG. Lowry's 3-ball (his 1st in 4 attempts tonight) cuts the deficit to 4. 4:54 left
30-14 Sixers run, Raptors trail by 6 midway through the 4th. Yep.
There’s something rotten in the state of Raptors.
Raptors held to 15 points in the 3rd, shooting 30% (0-of-8 from 3). They hit just 1 of their last 12 shots, lead by 1 into the 4th
Matt and Jack's "discussion" of analytics is making me die slowly inside.
Patterson has five offensive boards already. Averaging three per game over past four, double his season average.
Knowing he's been in a shooting slump, Patterson had said he's trying to make up production on boards. Has 30 reb & counting over last 3 gms
Raptors say no injury for Amir. Patterson earned second-half start with his play
Amir Johnson is fine, Casey just happier with Patterson’s play. Patterson’s been great on offensive boards.
Covington’s like a human pinball, smashing and crashing everywhere. Lowry said something to him after nearly killing him.
I’ll give Sixers fans credit, they pay to see this dreck and atmosphere here is better than it is in many arenas, despite Bad News Bears.
Two Sixers players just crashed into each other on defence, both of them hitting the deck. This team is next level bad
patterson starts the 2nd half in place of amir johnson.
Amir's sitting at end of the bench. Awaiting word on whether this is injury-related or not. Played 10 mins in 1st half (0/3, 0 pts, 3 reb)
starting KL/GV means 1 always stays on floor when other goes to bench. PP/TH back up JV/AJ. TR/LW wing subs. JJ, for now, gets pinched
Patterson starts the second half in place of Amir Johnson
Patterson/Peterson starts second half for Amir. No update yet.
DeRozan/Lowry in first half vs Memphis on Wednesday: 2-for-14, 4 points. Tonight: 2-for-10, 4 points. Second unit picking up slack
20 of the Raptors' 48 first-half points have come off the Sixers 14 turnovers.
Raptors 2nd unit (mainly Lou, JJ, Patterson) featuring Greivis has been excellent. Outscoring Sixers bench 29-8
Raptors trailed by 14 with 1 minute left in the first quarter. They finished the half on a 34-13 run, lead by 7 at the break
Lou Williams, Greivis Vasquez and James Johnson spark Raptors to 48-41 lead at half over truly awful Sixers. Lowry/DeRozan awful nights.
DeRozan's now 3-for-25 from the field over last 2+ games. Bigger concern: only 3 FTA over that span, none tonight
Airball layup by DeRozan to go with earlier airball jump shot. Struggling doesn’t begin to describe his play right now.
James Johnson enters for the 1st time. He was wearing a shirt w/ gigantic lion on it pre-game. 1 has nothing to do w/ the other, just saying
Raptors are on a 21-5 run... where those points have come from... Greivis: 8, Lou: 8, Patterson (or Peterson): 5
There is no internal issue between James Johnson and the Raptors for those asking. Byproduct of Vasquez starting. No, I’m not a fan of it.
16-2 Raptors run over the last 3:15. Tied at 30. Welcome back Sixers!
After referring to Patterson as "Patrick Peterson" four times in the first quarter, Sixers PA man finally corrects himself to begin the 2nd
The Patrick Peterson era is over.
Raptors scored 8 pts in final 1:01 of the Q after totalling 14 pts in first 10:59. Could be worse than 8pt deficit, Sixers have 8 turnovers
Yes, the Sixers really are that horrible. Even with five threes and just 33% shooting by Raptors, they only lead by eight after a quarter.
Raps offensive woes continue (33% FG, 1/5 3P), though they came on in last 2 mins of 1stQ. D has been just as bad (PHI 55%). Sixers by 8
Patrick PETERSON with the lay-in. Raptors down 20-7.
The announcer keeps calling Patrick Patterson Patrick Peterson. Let’s see how long this keeps up
Apparently Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson has entered the game for the Raptors, per Sixers PA announcer. They could use him right now
DeRozan is 9 for his past 40 shot attempts. The struggle is real, as Greivis Vasquez says.
Raptors get on the board with a JV free throw 4:47 into the game. Still haven't hit a field goal - 0-of-7. Sixers lead 15-1
Everybody saw a 15-0 start for Philadelphia coming right?
DeRozan came into the game shooting 2-for-20 over his past two outings. Airballs his first jumper tonight. Raps down 9-0 after 3 mins
They're using the Raptors' new logo on the scoreboard here in Philly. Is it 2015-16 already? Sixers have punted this season, anyway.
The reception for Kyle Lowry in his hometown was about as loud as cheering for any Sixer for introductions.
Raptors logo even on the scoreboard here. Early switch? http://t.co/wUEbMwxtHG
Sixers injury squad would beat starters http://t.co/GUvaDUPNIe
Raptors have been held under 100 pts in 4 straight games for the 1st time this season. Sixers, meanwhile, haven't hit 100 in 19 straight gms
Noel and Mbah a Moute a go for Sixers and will start with K.J. McDaniels, MCW and Covington.
Lou Williams has bright, gold shoes. Bebe and Bruno stood up to take a look. They were impressed. Unfortunately, no pictures in locker room.
New Raptors logo makes first appearance on game notes http://t.co/umeqAG7Fyz
Valanciunas has wrap over calf but in uniform
Tony Wroten done for year with a torn ACL
Last time the Raptors were in Philly, Lowry's hometown (exactly a year ago tomorrow), he recorded a triple-double - 18/10/13
Big one tonight.. Bumping this..... http://t.co/LpI3ecGGPi
DeRozan to Sun on Lowry being all-star: "It means a lot personally for me. S__, I'm probably his biggest fan, in his corner."
Valanciunas was out with his agency so that might have sparked all-star talk. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t make it one day.
Casey: "I disagree with that... You've got to be able to play that way defensively and make shots at the same time. That's a winning team"
Casey scoffed at the idea, suggested by a couple players, that a recent focus on D is responsible for offensive drop off. "That's nonsense"
So, Casey wont have to fight any coaches after all. "Good thing," he said, "because I'll tell you what, I'm not a good fighter I dont think"
Yes, I have a hard time putting both Bosh and Wade in, but Wade has been great and front court is weak (with Butler listed as G).
If I’m picking, I probably go: Butler, Wade, Horford, Bosh, Teague, Millsap, Korver (over Kyrie and others).
Lowry on hearing the news: "I was excited. It was a very exciting time. I was happy & yelling & screaming. It really hasn't hit me yet"
Kyrie vs. Teague vs. Wade is a tough call. Bosh vs. Horford? Difficult.
So tough to pick East reserves. Jimmy Butler’s my only no-brainer pick. I put Korver and Millsap on too, though Al’s their best player.
Lowry: "I was shocked. The people were telling me there was a chance to make it so I kept my fingers crossed and it happened."
Bueno la concentracion...
Casey says he's feeling better after missing practice yesterday with a bout of the flu. He's also good to go tonight
Lowry said it's "eerie" how his career has paralleled his good friend and mentor's Chauncey Billups
Valanciunas said his calf is a bit sore but plans to play tonight. Casey said he should be able to go