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So DeMarcus never hustled back after he was stripped off the ball. He and Chuck Hayes of the Raptors chill on the other end.
Patrick Patterson has been amazing tonight. I wonder if the Raps will mount an unsuccessful sixth man of the year campaign for him.
Ross is 16/25 from three-point range over his last four games. He has 5 three-balls on 6 attempts tonight
Raps gonna try to rest both Lowry and DeRozan for the final 2:11. Kings playing Thomas, Gay, Cousins. They're up 12.
Rudy tying shoe? Post up DeMar on Isaiah Thomas. Over-aggressive defenders? Pump fake. Possible five-point swing.
You know what's weird? These Raptors seem to take over stretches by just being SMART.
Lowry: 7 assists. Kings: 7 assists
Chuck Hayes to the scorers table for the first time tonight, he'll try his luck vs Cousins, his former teammate
Regulation might not end until 10 p.m.
DeMarcus Cousins: now trying.
Sacramento shooting 9% from three, 52% from the line, Toronto 50% and 71%
That Kyle-Amir quasi-pick-and-roll was quite something. Elsewhere, I'm not sure Cousins is trying very hard tonight.
Dwane Casey came over to check on the fan that was hit by Cousins' bad pass
Deceiving 7pt lead for the Raps. Cousins played just 8 minutes (foul trouble) yet Kings were +12 in the paint, shot 11/21 from the line
Bulls lead Grizzlies 39-35 at half. C'mon: That's self-parody, guys.
At the end of a half, it's Raps 51-44. Many, many fouls. We'll see if Cousins can get into the game in the second.
Combined, the Raps and Kings have been whistled for 26 fouls. They combined for 32 in the first half of their last meeting in Sacto
Do/Did Raptors fans boo Jermaine O'Neal?
In 15 minutes, Reggie Evans has more than half (9) of the Kings' 17 rebounds. He's missed all 6 of his FTA, plus 2 more on lane violations
Might not be like gm 1 between these 2 teams on Feb 5 (58 total fouls) but this has been a LONG half. 8:05pm ET. Still 3:30 to go; 24 fouls
Evans is 0-6 from the free-throw line, and 0-2 free-throw attempts that were called lane violations.
Weird: Both me and Wolstat of the Sun just picked up fouls.
A good general rule is never jump to try to block a shot that is going to be a fall-away, one-footed heave.
Cousins came in for about 2 min (w/ 2 fouls) in Q2 & did some damage. TOR lead down to 7. But he just picked up foul no. 3 & he's out again
Demarcus immediately leaves the game after being called for his 3rd foul. Thankfully he walks off the court before going wild on the refs.
Third foul on Cousins. Tantrum alert, he's not pleased. BIG break for Toronto.
Cousins picks up his third foul. I'm not a basketball reporter, but I think that might be important. Oh wait.
Big moment: Raps up 11, but three of four rotation bigs have two fouls and Cousins just checked in.
Cousins re-enters with his 2 fouls. Raps outscored the Kings 20-13 with DMC on the bench
Patterson with the BIG block on McCallum. Hey @paul__jones ... bust out the GRILLED CHEESE!
Patrick Patterson tries to calm Tyler down after picking up his second personal foul!
So yeah, Tyler Hansbrough v Reggie Evans is every bit as enjoyable as expected
The only question now: who picks up the tech? double tech?
Spotted near press row: One fan in a Peja Raptors jersey, his friend in a Peja Sacramento jersey.
Not to be an alarmist, because he does so many things well, but Lowry is shooting 35% from field and 31% from 3 since all-star break.
Rudy Gay's Kings had 1 first-quarter assist. They're last in the NBA in that category since the trade. Raps (9th since trade) had 7 dimes
Time for the "Barbara Streisand" song to go away. Please.
Hot start for the Raps, shooting 56% and holding the Kings to 37%. They've out-rebounded Sacto 15-8, lead 29-19. Rudy has 5 pts on 2/4 FG
Raps up 29-19 after a very nice, if foul-filled, first quarter. DeRozan leads all with 8.
Patterson just threw a brilliant one-handed pass that nobody will see because Salmons missed the wide, wide, wide open three.
Fouls starting to pile up, that was an issue for the Raps in Sacto. They committed 35 that night, up to 7 tonight. JV/Amir/Ross each w/ 2
Get ready for Hansbrough vs. Reggie Evans.
Calm, focused start for JV. Not having primary assignment on DMC probably helped.
Gay/Cousins haven't done much damage, but Ross and Amir both have two first-quarter fouls.
Who is making the supercut of all of DeRozan's dribble-hand-off baskets?
Rudy Gay played 51 games as a Raptor — or 10 more than Jermaine O'Neal.
Ross starts on Gay, as expected. Tepid boos whenever Rudy touches the ball. Raps up 14-10 as Cousins exits with 2 fouls, 6:13 in
Watching Amir battle DMC is a treat.
Lowry's a little gimpy upon missing layup. Walking it off, though.
JV has been active and engaged early, another good start, making Cousins work. Great to see the emotion, playing with an edge
Like I said, the Kings have no answer for Jonas Valanciunas.
They are barely booing Rudy on every touch. This is tepid, on the grand scale of booing.
Yup! Rudy getting booed every time he touches the ball and just like that Rudy silences the crowd.
Actually, once the game starts, Rudy Gay upgraded from Eric Williams level boos to Marcus Camby level
Boos as Rudy gets his first touch
Eric Williams level boos for Rudy Gay
Other writers are saying fans booed him. I dunno.
The verdict is in, as if there was ever any doubt: boos for Rudy Gay during the Kings intros
Rudy didn't get much of a reaction at all.
Who is prepared for the bi-annual reminder that the Raptors cannot stop DeMarcus Cousins?
Good news: I ate two butter tarts.
Malone also said Raptors fans have come a long way. Told well-known story of foam free throw things being handed out behind Raptors basket
Mike Malone has fond memories of the early days of the Raptors. Said drove up for two games to see his dad coach, the first one + Bulls win
Raptors lineup stays the same
Ross (ankle) will play and start, should get the first crack at defending Rudy, though Casey says they'll mix up the coverage
Rudy Gay has shot 50% or better in 23 of 37 games as a King after doing so once in 18 contests with the Raptors this season
Raptors are 1 of 4 NBA teams in the top 10 in both offensive (10th) and defensive efficiency (5th) since Dec. 8 (Thunder, Clippers, Spurs)
Raptors pre-trade: 20+ assists in 3 of 18 games, averaging 17.3 per (last in NBA). Post-trade: 20+ assists in 34 of 41, 23.1 per (9th)
Ross post-trade (40 gms): 12.5 ppg, 29.2 mpg, 10.6 FGA, 42% 3FG. Ross pre-trade (18 gms): 6.2 ppg, 18.2 mpg, 5.6 FGA, 34% 3FG
DeRozan post-Rudy trade (39 gms): 23.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.5 apg, 25% 3FG. DeRozan pre-trade (18 gms): 21.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 37% 3FG
The Raptors have won 6 straight (9 of 10) vs losing teams. Their last loss vs a sub-.500 opponent: Feb. 5 in Sacramento
Player Mayor used to coach makes CFL = FORD MORE YEARS
"It starts at 10:30? That's very late." Amber Braverman is my spirit animal.