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Even Schwartz's has Nash fever http://t.co/7jarHejsvM
“Was (Acy) talking out there?” DeRozan: “Man, Q’s always talking out there. He’s a jump shooter now."
"They got loud. A lot of time I couldn't hear coach, I couldn't hear our guards running plays. Just kudos to the fans.” Johnson on crowd
“Different roles for different players, if coach is happy, I’m happy,” James Johnson
Lowry on the crowd: "Unbelievable. I mean here and Vancouver, I just think it's crazy."
"Development is over, it's about production. Especially in the paint and on the boards.” - Dwane Casey on Valanciunas (and the others)
Casey: "Exhibition, you can take this record and - I can't say what I want to say. But exhibition doesn't mean anything"
Casey said he wasn’t trying to show up Knicks by playing starters at end, wanted to play them 28-30 minutes
Casey praised James Johnson post-game, said despite not scoring it was his best exhibition outing thanks in large part to his D on Melo
Pre-season highlight could be Dikembe in Raptors room chatting with his old Rockets guy Lowry
Raptors win by 3, OT averted, pre-season over!!! Salut!!!!
Masai, from earlier: "We don't get a trophy for this?"
Raptors: kings of the preseason. They'll finish exhibition 7-1, best record in NBA, matching franchise best for most wins in the fall
20,738 here for the game
Valanciunas bothered Aldrich with his length, forcing bad shot, then came back, posted him up and scored easily on a nice move.
5 mins remaining. Casey going with all 5 starters down the stretch, as promised. Knicks, on the other hand, primarily with subs. Raps up 5
Think Lowry’s about to introduce Montreal to KLOE
Quincy Acy has been a force tonight. Yes, it is true. Jason Smith better not get comfortable with that starting spot.
4th quarter minutes for Raptors starting five; Casey said he'd stretch 'em out a little bit
If James Johnson is happy in this role and doesn’t fret when the points/shots don’t come, Raptors far better than last year’s version.
James Johnson has been one of the better Raptors tonight, despite not scoring a point.
The Knicks ran the Isosceles Triangle in the third quarter. The result was 16% shooting (3-for-19).
Raptors up 63-57 on Knicks after 3; trying to find scissors to use to cut down nets when pre-season ends
Raptors held the Knicks to 3/19 shooting in the third quarter, besting them 14-7 on the boards and outscoring them 25-11. They lead 63-57
Can you have the sophomore jinx in the pre-season? Because Timmy Jr. looks turrible
The Raptors have never lost to the Knicks in the pre-season (8-0).
Fisher not happy, wants to talk it over. Knicks losing their cool & I think I just caught a rare in-game Casey smirk. Raps on 21-3 run/up 10
Can't spell montreal without a "T"
Prigioni gets a technical. All of the technical fouls are happening!
Angry/engaged JV > other versions. 9pts/3reb in 3rdQ after 2pts/0reb in 1st half. Think message was received. Credit Casey for sending it
17-2 run after another DeRozan slam. MTL is loving it. Raps up 55-48
Ex-Raptor Haywoode Workman is getting an earful from Raptors tonight. Letting them play. JV latest. DeRozan wanted and-one too
Correction, 10-2 run. Now 13-2 run.
We've seen former Raptor Haywoode Workman and the rest of the officiating crew correct a few calls this evening. Pre-season for refs too
DeRozan caps off 8-2 run by tearing thru the lane for the dunk. Was very frustrated at the end of the 2ndQ. Light switch on for he & JV both
10-0 run for Raptors out of break capped by DeRozan dunk forces Knicks’ Fisher to call timeout.
JV back on the floor to begin 2nd half after spending most of 1st on bench. Goes straight to offensive glass for a putback on 1st possession
DeRozan was sitting on a chair, looking angry, shaking his head, possibly muttering before post-half warmups
Sure, they may have stuff like this at the Bell Centre but NOTHING FOR BON JOVI! http://t.co/uCvy4l7Xsi
Knicks lead 46-38 at the half. Melo with 17 DeRozan with nine.
Knicks 46, Raptors 38 at half; only 24 minutes of the pre-season left. Getting all misty here
DeRozan lucky not to get a T. Waved arms at ref and swore.
After good start, DeRozan has struggled to beat New York defence. Shumpert bottling him up.
Worth noting: No JV since midway through 1stQ. Casey was not pleased with his effort on the glass, giving up 3 offensive boards to Dalembert
Melo channelling KG, having fun w/ Patterson. Pat steps on sideline, shoots anyway, Melo swats it, Pat gets it back/shoots again, Melo swat
Dikembe just gave Paul Jones and Sherman Hamilton a finger wag as he walked away.
Raptor alum Muggsy Bogues here as well
One observation compared to past two times here: More Raptors gear, less Knicks gear now that Raptors are a good team.
An aggrieved Kyle Lowry picks up a technical foul; most "regular season moment" of the pre-season so far.
T for Lowry. Didn’t like a foul call. Montreal crowd boos the refs like seasoned pros.
Bebe sighting. Raps getting little rim protection, really struggling on boards. Opportunity for Nogueira here. Haven't seen JV since 1stQ
Mutombo jumping on the Raps broadcast following the timeout. Should be a fun interview.
Dikembe Mutombo here. Crowd cheers. Dikembe wags finger, crowd roars.
Quincy Acy banks in a 17-footer; if that doesn't say NBA pre-season (Quincy Acy shooting 17 footers!!!??!!!), not sure what does
Standing O for Dikembe Mutombo, who's in the house sitting centre court.
Standing O here when Dikembe Mutombo introduced, Masai Ujiri glances at boxscore and races over with contract.
Whole bunch of air balls. These rims regulation?
Tied after 1Q as Bell Centre siren sounds. DeRozan leads the Raps with 9 points. Melo has 14 of New York's 24. Knicks 10-0 in 2nd-chance pts
Totally classic and great that the end-of-quarter buzzer at the Bell Centre is a hockey siren. That should be a Canada thing!
Quincy Acy balling. DeRozan and Casey said they are happy that he is getting an opportunity with Knicks. DeMar said he’d talk some trash.
Someone who would know mentioned that he didn’t think DeMar DeRozan could be guarded 1-on-1. Certainly no Knicks appear up to the challenge.
YES! The hockey noises are back for substitutions. Maybe my favourite part of the Montreal games.
Derek Fisher gets a technical. Didn’t take him long.
Only 1/3 of New York's former Raptor trio active today. Knicks resting Calderon/Bargnani. Acy comes in, knocks down his 1st shot
Dalembert has beat JV on a bunch of boxouts early, resulting in 3 offensive rebounds. Raptors bench not pleased, Hansbrough in for him
Asked Calderon what it's been like playing with Melo pre-game. Jose: "He's pretty good". That he is. Anthony has 9 of the Knicks' 12 pts
Apparently insane lineups getting in here. Late arriving crowd, should fill up.
I feel that the Jason Smith experiment is not going to go well for the Knicks (and I don’t even mind the guy).
Shane Larkin of Knicks (who I have yet to call Barry) just hit a shot "pour trois" according to Bell Centre PA.
Amir on the break, "merci beaucoup" Kyle Lowry. Raptors looking to run on the Knicks early
Amped up crowd here again. My third time doing this game in Montreal. Thankfully not a monsoon like last time.
Masai said he'll huddle up w/ coaches after tonight's game to determine who wins 15th spot. Deadline for decision is tomorrow before 5pm
Masai played down Bruno/Bebe to D-League talk. Will happen, but not nearly as often as people think. Would rather have them here.
Tried to get Masai to spill beans on final cuts. Wouldn’t bite, did say would be based on need then caught himself Smart $ still on Stiemsma