Josh Lewenberg

Raptors have had a lead (or tie) for 75:37 of 96:00 (roughly 78%) over their last 2 games, both losses.

Josh Lewenberg

Only 2nd time Raptors have lost 3 straight in last 14 months. They go 1-3 on trip, still 4-3 during stretch of 8 straight vs .500+ opponents

Michael Grange

Jack is right: not a great night but Raptors don't cheat. Would have been an easy one to mail in, they did not.

Michael Grange

Not sure the Raptors have taken an uncontested shot in the 4thQ

Eric Smith

:49.7 seconds to play, the #Mavericks lead the #Raptors 99-90.

Josh Lewenberg

Lowry with a couple bricks from 3, both early in clock, down the stretch. He's now 2-for-9 from distance on the night, 6/35 over last 5 gms

Payal Doshi

My thoughts and prayers go out to Derrick Rose of the @Chicago Bulls. I hate to have to see him go through this again!

Payal Doshi

Do they have enough to close it out is the question. RT @Sandro_RH7: VASQUEZZZZZZZ

Eric Smith

TOR only 4/11 FG in Q4. #Mavericks had the lead up to 12. Vasquez 3PT cuts it to 9. Q4, 3:35 to play, #raptors down 97-88. #RTZ

Michael Grange

I think Richard Jefferson goosed Bennett Salvatore there.

Michael Grange

Two nights in a row Raptors half-court offense has come apart in 4th and D goes soft.

Eric Smith

the #Raptors are down 91-84. #Mavericks doing work in Q4. 6:21 to play.

Josh Lewenberg

Raps have turned the ball over 4 times in 6 mins to begin the 4th. Mavs have 26 pts off Toronto's 17 TOs overall. Mavs 17-7 in 4th, up 7

Eric Smith

8:51 to play in the game the #Mavericks lead the #Raptors 83-81. Hear the game on @fan590 with #SmithAndJones. #RTZ

Mike Ganter

Raps up 77-74 after three. DeMar has 18 to lead all scorers, but just four from the free throw line. Not exactly attacking, but ...

Eric Smith

TOR was up 11 in Q3. DAL came back to tie it. #Raptors have pushed ahead again going to Q4. #Mavericks trail 77-74. #RTZ on @fan590.

Josh Lewenberg

Raps lead is 3 going into 4th. Another rough shooting night for Lowry/DeRozan, combined 11-for-30. Lowry 2/7 from 3, 6/33 over last 5 gms

Mike Ganter

Monta Ellis has the best death stare at an official. He held that last one for about 12 seconds.

Payal Doshi

Amir Johnson with two huge deflections and the Raptors are ahead 76-72 vs. Mavs. #rtz

Mike Ganter

Jonas picks up his fourth and he has to sit down with 4:09 to go in the third. That could hurt.

Payal Doshi

Late nominee for MVP RT @theScoreNBA: Russell Westbrook records 3rd triple-dub of the season thesco.re/1DnpeLL http://t.co/ctClRA6na2

Mike Ganter

Lowry calls timeout like only a good Canadian would: "Timeout Toronto, eh?" All that was missing was the 'Please.'

Eric Smith

all 5 Raptors literally standing stiff....as Ellis simply runs open, gets an open 3, and nails it. TOR up 11...now on top by only 5. Q3

Mike Ganter

Amir got up for that last one. He must have found a piece of tape for that ankle.

Josh Lewenberg

DeRozan/Lowry were both wearing red sleeves on their right arm in 1st half (not a regular thing for them). Neither have it on to begin 2nd

Eric Smith

the #Raptors had their lead chopped to 4. Mini run for TOR has them now up on the #Mavericks 62-53. Q3, 8:10 left. #RTZ on @fan590.

Josh Lewenberg

Amir does seem a bit gimpy to begin the 2nd half, seems to be favouring his left ankle. Playing through it.

Mike Ganter

Amir is limping. It appears to be his left ankle, but like Amir, he's playing through it.

Josh Lewenberg

Amir played just 2 minutes in 1st half after picking up 2 quick fouls. Casey stuck with Hayes/Pat/JV in 2ndQ but he's back out to start 3rd

Mike Ganter

Can't blame anyone for thinking the worst. This is looking a lot like last night in New Orleans.

Paul Jones

Good 1st half for #Raptors. Forcing 10 TO & scoring 15 pts. Raps avg 17 ppg of TO. Tor has 14 FB pts normally score 13 per game. #rtz

Eric Smith

TOR (53.3% FG) goes into the half w/ a 6-pt lead on the road. #Raptors on top of the #Mavericks (48.8% FG) 55-49. DD: 11P. JV: 8P & 7R #RTZ

Mike Ganter

DeMar with 11, Jonas and Kyle with eight each to lead the scoring.

Josh Lewenberg

Raps by 6 at half. DeRozan w/ 11, JV/Lowry have 8. Both teams shooting 48%+ (Raps at 53%). Raps 5/12 from 3 after going 9/41 over last 2 gms

Mike Ganter

Raps maintain lead at half, up 55-49 but it looked like it was going to be much bigger. They did have the final bucket of the half.

Eric Smith

Dallas on an 11-2 run has cut the #raptors lead from 13 to 4. #Mavericks trail 53-49 with 1:12 til half. Mavs ball after timeout. #RTZ

Josh Lewenberg

Raptors 13-point lead has shrunk to 4 in just under 3 minutes. 11-2 Mavs run. Timeout Toronto.

Mike Ganter

Control is fleeting in this game. Raps were up 11 a minute and a half ago, now lead is down to four.

Josh Lewenberg

4 possessions, 4 straight turnovers for the Mavs. They've committed 10 in the game, 6 in first 6 mins of the 2nd Q. Raps lead up to 9

Josh Lewenberg

Hayes held Amar'e scoreless on 1 shot in 8 minutes. Still in the game, guarding Chandler with STAT on the bench

Mike Ganter

It's the second quarter and Chuck Hayes has more minutes tonight already than in all but three games since Dec. 1.

Eric Koreen

I have endured some mighty awful airport wifi today. #hero

Paul Jones

#Raptors doing a good job with active hands and deflecting passes early on. Have 8pts of 6 TO by Dallas #rtz

Josh Lewenberg

Raps bench had 38 points combined over last two games. At full strength, they're already at 17 early in the 2nd Q tonight.

Eric Smith

7:57 to go til half. the #Raptors have pushed their lead back up to 6. TOR: 62.5% FG in Q2. 56.75 FG for the game. #Mavericks down 40-34

Payal Doshi

Devin Harris just picking pockets for the @Dallas Mavericks

Eric Smith

31-30 the #Raptors lead the #Mavericks w/ 10:05 to go in Q2. Dallas on a 5-0 run. TOR shooting 54.2% FG but coughing up 6 TO's so far #RTZ

Josh Lewenberg

5 turnovers are in issue but overall solid Q for the Raps, up 4 after 12 mins. DeRozan with 7, Lowry/JV 6 apiece. Mavs 1-for-7 from 3

Eric Smith

TOR trailed 11-4 early in Q1. At the end of QRT 1 the #Raptors lead the #Mavericks 29-25. Toronto shooting 54.5% FG. #RTZ #SmithAndJones

Mike Ganter

Weird quarter. Raps up 29-25. No one really established anything. A lot of back and forth, lot of Raptor slips.

Josh Lewenberg

Casey on shot selection pre-game: "Whats a good shot for one guy may not be a good shot for the next guy & that's a learning process for us"

Josh Lewenberg

First-quarter PT for Chuck Hayes

Eric Smith

Checked w/ Raps PR re: why the #raptors are wearing red arms 'sleeves'. TOR equipment mgr had no answer either; says players just wanted em

Payal Doshi

The Raptors swept the Mavs last year and are looking to even the season series 1-1 tonight. #rtz

Josh Lewenberg

Odd start for JJ, slipping and losing his dribble a couple times. Responsible for 2 of the Raptors' 4 turnovers in 5 minutes

Eric Smith

the #Mavericks were up 11-4. #Raptors on an 8-2 run have cut the Dallas lead to 13-12. 6:29 to play in Q1 on @fan590. #RTZ

Payal Doshi

James Johnson showing his aggression taking it to the basket. #rtz

Payal Doshi

I support Canadian University Hoops CIS Final 8- Nat Championship @RyersonU! Be there! March 12-15. #TOISBASKETBALL cisfinal8to.ca

Josh Lewenberg

Two quick fouls for Amir means early action for Patterson in his return. Mavs up 8-2 in opening minutes

Eric Smith

we're minutes away from the pre-game ending...and the tip-off starting the festivities in Dallas. #Raptors at #Mavericks on @fan590. #RTZ

Josh Lewenberg

Raptors when DeRozan scores 20+: 16-3. Lou 20+: 11-2. Lowry 20+: 14-11

Josh Lewenberg

Per math wizard @Mike Ganter, with one of Lou/Pat out in each of the last two games, Raps' bench has been outscored 103-38

Paul Jones

“ICYMI MT@RaptorsMR: Patrick Patterson back in lineup tonight at Dallas. Missed last night's gm in NO with left knee sprain. #raptors #rtz

Josh Lewenberg

Patterson (knee) will play tonight in Dallas

Michael Grange

The minute a big-time athlete -- other than a pro wrestler -- begins musing about movie stardom I see red flags.

Eric Smith

Pre game work for broke_3. @raptors at 830pm ET tonight on #fan590. #rtz instagram.com/p/zgKm9tI2-Z/

Bruno Caboclo

Karaokê time 😂😂😂 had fun with the squad. What do you think? #good or #bad #ImissMyBrazilianinstagram.com/p/zgC0GFmPQM/

Payal Doshi

After the press conference is over KG says, “Bring it out of the rafters,” referring to his jersey. #BigTicket #Twolves

Ryan Wolstat

That was the most feel-good press conference I’ve seen since the last time the Leafs brought out their latest saviour.

Payal Doshi

"He’s graduated from McDonalds and Taco Bell. You understand the pitfalls, the highs and lows,” - coach Saunders on KG.

Ryan Wolstat

“I’ve never thrown anyone in a toilet or trash can, I don’t know where y’all get these stories from.” This is the greatest.

Eric Smith

Tonight, @paul__jones and I have the call of the #raptors and #Mavs on @fan590 at 830pm ET. Pre game at 8pm. Join us! #RTZ

Ryan Wolstat

Dwane Casey has told us a few times he can’t see KG or Gary Payton ever becoming a coach.

Ryan Wolstat

“Think you want to be a coach one day? KG: “Heeeeell no. A coach is what I won’t be … you can’t pay me enough to coach."

Ryan Wolstat

“I figure if LeBron can go home, then, shit, why can’t I?” - Kevin Garnett

Payal Doshi

“If LeBron can go home, why can’t I,” - Kevin Garnett on coming back. #BigTicket

Payal Doshi

“I’m happy to be here. Sam Mitchell is here the gutsy veteran who I give credit to my whole career” - Kevin Garnett on coming back!

Payal Doshi

#TheBigTicket is back! RT @Kyle_Ratke: http://t.co/Bz0OOn4oTS

Payal Doshi

This is happening! RT @steventurous: tfw http://t.co/p0TjhswKeo

Ryan Wolstat

Brampton’s Tyler Ennis only played 58 total minutes with Phoenix. Has played 53 in three appearances with Bucks so far.

Bruno Caboclo

I Support Canadian University Hoops CIS Final 8- Nat Championship @RyersonU Be There! March 12-15 #TOISBASKETBALL cisfinal8to.ca

Tom Liston

#Raptors Kyle Lowry 6th --> RT @thecity2 Just ran 2.5 year RAPM, if anyone is interested:  … ow.ly/JB8TV

Tom Liston

#NBA ...plus one actually defends --> RT @FootBasket Kevin Love vs Andrew Wiggins http://t.co/or7JnmHDZR

Landry Fields

Some need more knowledge with their zeal. Some need more zeal with their knowledge.

Ryan Wolstat

But again that’s not my issue, it was not giving him rest instead of playing 11 or 12 straight minutes at times.

Eric Smith

My thoughts on the #raptors ... Walking the fine line ... As they get set for the Mavs. #RTZ #sportsnet sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba…

Ryan Wolstat

For those not believing JV was tired and that’s why he didn’t play late angle, it is true. He still ran 2.41 miles, most on team last night

Ryan Wolstat

The main issue last night for me, was over-playing guys. Didn’t give them rest when they needed = nothing in tank in fourth.

Ryan Wolstat

It doesn’t help the staff when Lowry and DeRozan go rogue though.

Ryan Wolstat

I’ve praised Toronto’s coaching staff many times this year for doing a strong job. They coached a poor game last night. It happens.

Ryan Wolstat

Pelicans (Ajinca and Co.) shot 10-for-13 at rim against Amir Johnson. That’s horrific D. Just 4-for-9 against Valanciunas.

Ryan Wolstat

Today’s blog on a bad night for both the Raptors and the coaching staff: blogs.canoe.ca/courtside/bask…

Eric Koreen

BTW, having watched Lowry drive on Asik again, I don't think it was a foul. Lowry jumped into a stationary, vertical player.

Eric Koreen

Updated Lou Williams watch: Raptors are 19-6 when he scores > 15.2 points (his average), 18-13 when he does not. 10-2 when he's above 20.

Eric Koreen

Does one build a hole? RT @annhui: "There's no criminal offense to building a hole," Saunders says

Eric Koreen

The Raptors have taken the 9th-most 3s, and despite only being 16th in %, they are 4th-ranked offensive team in league.

Eric Koreen

Of the nine top teams in 3PA this year, none of them are in bottom half of offensive rankings. Lowest is Rockets, who are 13th.

Eric Koreen

From last night, on the Raptors defence, which was improving right up until it wasn't: news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/23/tor…

Josh Lewenberg

On last night's worrisome loss and how the Raptors coughed up an 18-point lead to the Brow-less Pelicans: tsn.ca/second-half-co…