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Raps/Celts tied at 43 going to the break. Not pretty for either club. Raps 1/9 from 3pt, 12 turnovers/6 assists. Ross/Pat each w/ 8 pts
Tie game at the half after Marcus Smart fails to throw down a ridiculous follow dunk at the horn.
Though, just because he’s sitting doesn’t mean Lowry’s not in the game. “You’re getting a little tired Jeff (Green), getting a little tired"
Dwane Casey has wisely left Kyle Lowry out of this one after he looked way too keyed in for a pre-season game early.
Terrence Ross just had his elbow above the rim grabbing a defensive rebound.
Right now Marcus Smart is more running back than point guard, but once he adds some finesse to his power game he's going to be dangerous
Bottom line: Only 1 of Stiemsma/Hamilton/Cherry trio will make the team (barring Fields buyout), but all 3 should prob be in NBA, somewhere
That deal Masai made with Atlanta was an absolute heist. A robbery like the Bargnani deal. Lou (and maybe Bebe) a big pickup.
Marcus Smart fell on Amir Johnson’s legs. Normally jovial Amir staring daggers. Smart not out there to make friends.
As I've said, Stiemsma seems like the favourite to me, given team makeup/need for rim protector but Hamilton/Cherry making a case.
Ross excites the crowd again with another ridiculous dunk.
Battle for 15th spot will be interesting. Hamilton/Stiem/Cherry have all had good moments in exhibition & Casey has raved about them in camp
Jordan Hamilton has looked great with increased PT tonight. Active on D (already w/ 3 stls) and getting in the lane (nice drive/dish to Pat)
Hamilton is a better defender than advert side and a solid passer as well.
No question to me whether Jordan Hamilton’s an NBA player, just not a good fit in Toronto given all the talented wings.
Slightly less pre-season-y than Monday's 1stQ but bar was set awfully low. Combined 1/10 shooting from three, 15 turnovers. Raps up 23-19
Patterson nearly drew a charge on Pressey, who Casey called one of fastest players in league. Lowry up immediately to clap/argue.
Am I wrong, or did Marcus Thornton not play any defence in the past? Has made two great defensive plays in first quarter.
Ex-Maryland star Greivis Vasquez wasn’t pleased to hear the Orioles got swept.
Worth noting, Lowry is sending a message of his own, scoring 7 of the Raps' first 17 points. Pre-season be damned
Fun battle between Lowry/Smart. Celts rook clearly looking 2 prove something. Definite similarities between Smart & a young unpolished Lowry
Celtics have been beating on Lowry, he is angry. Just nailed a three, talked smack to Bass. Going at Smart hard.
Tough start for Bruno, whole bench up to greet him. James Johnson, in particular, giving him some support with pat on chest.
Jeff Green dusts Bruno on a crossover. “Welcome to the NBA,” overheard on Raptors bench. Hamilton coming in for Bruno.
Bruno picks off a bad pass. Other than that a rough 5 mins. Has missed first 3 shots, including 2 treys/out-muscled on D by the vet Green
T-Ross just provided the highlight of the night. Poor man’s version of some of his top dunks from last year.
This game is a mild improvement over what went down in Manhattan. Mild.
Jeff Green attacking Bruno on the block early. Rook's proven he can close out w/ that length but is he strong enough to defend in the post?
Celtics doubling Valanciunas quickly and aggressively, and he’s having troubles with it. Needs to develop that part of his game.
Bruno keeps running to places the team doesn’t want him to. “Get out of there Bruno,” is overheard frequently. Aside, nice to be courtside
Celts going big with Evan Turner at the point. Ross is on him, Lowry defends Avery Bradley
Locally televised preseason gms so far: 2, that Bruno's played in: 0. Non-TV gms: 3, that Bruno's played in: 3. They're hiding him from you!
Now DeRozan and Johnson are out to take a few shots.
Even the anthem singer is far above NBA calibre
Amir for three http://t.co/bvMip7kVHd
The Global Ambassador’s reach has stretched all the way to Portland, Maine. Don’t they know the Celtics are the home team?
Based on the warmups past two games, Bebe is healthy enough to do layups and challenge shots, but the cutting must still be an issue.
Tyler Hansbrough was nailing 90% of his dead-on threes this morning. Casey said he has green light on those too, but corner ones preferred
DeRozan and Johnson are serious about the night off. Not even doing warmups, unlike Lowry and Valanciunas the other evening.
A few boos as the Raptors take the court. Patrick Patterson: “I see a lot of green out there."
The court here are is a rather unique brown. I kind of like it http://t.co/jMAyvY34Hn
New Raptors Top 5 coming to TSN.ca tomorrow. This week we're counting down the franchise's best all-time wing players. Who ya got?
James Johnson getting a rest too tonight, More Jordan Hamilton.
I asked DeMar if he remembers his first start. Instantly, said, in London (Ont.) vs. Sixers. “I was nervous."
Celtics say James Young still a week away.
DeRozan to Bruno: “You starting for me?” Bruno (smiles nervously). DeMar walks away grinning only when Bruno can’t see him.
Celtics TV folk here, guessing that means there will be streams of Bruno Mania out there tonight...
I asked Bruno if he liked Maine. He said yes. Today, we found out he thought Maine was part of Boston. Either way, he's excited to start.
Portland, Maine press meal puts 75% of NBA's to shame.
Bruno will start. DeMar rests
The Kansas City Royals will never lose again.
Don't worry, everybody: The Raptors are only 252 games under .500.
Man I can talk to moms about anything!
Interestingly, last year's Lowry (11th) or DeRozan (19th) not top 10 in PER: 5 from Bosh, 3 from Vince, 1 apiece from T-Mac, Jose.
Top 10 seasons in PPG in Raptors history: four seasons from Vince, five from Bosh and 2013-14 from DeRozan.
Kyle Lowry was happy to be in Maine because it got him up to 44 states visited. He then named those he hasn’t been to.
Reminder: Party Down used to exist.
Dwane Casey believes Celtics have a lot of talent and should not be taken lightly. Says Kelly Olynyk has improved a lot.
Various Raptors were against idea of shortening games/eliminating timeouts. Lowry in particular said they need those timeouts to recover
Expect a starter or two to be rested tonight as well. We weren’t told this morning, but best guess would be DeRozan and Amir.
Lowry is happy though, that Smart is embracing the challenge of going up against him. Lowry thinks he’ll be a good one.
Kyle Lowry is the best. Was briefly bothered when I compared him to Marcus Smart, before quickly correcting Smart is compared to him.
The Raptors are enjoying Maine. "I had 40 pieces last night," Bebe said. "40 what?" "40 pieces of sushi ... Too much?"
Este el mes mas intenso a nivel de practicas en la NBA..
To be clear, I think LBJ is by far the most likely MVP winner. BUT.
Good morning world.
Watching Nets-Kings on NBATV (from China) -- Nets will be better w/o Paul Pierce. Raps need big year to win Atlantic again; Nets tough.
Interesting comments from Leafs Stephane Robidas post-game: "I'm over-thinking ... Making all the wrong reads." Knows he's struggling.