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Former Raptors GM Glen Grunwald in the house watching the game.
Make that 8 of Raps' 11 third-quarter points for JV. 14 points/9 rebounds. Nets don't have an answer for him.
JV coming to life in the 3rdQ. He has 6 of the Raps' first 9 points. Up to 12 points and 9 boards on the night
Drake’s team leads 53-52 at the half somehow.
Raps up 53-52 at the half. Joe Johnson is still a bit of a problem.
Amir's tip-in gives the Raptors their first lead since 6-5 less than 3 minutes into the game
I'll tell you what, that Amir Johnson might be a player.
The Nets are not particularly adept at slowing the pick-and-roll.
So maybe the Nets aren't Terrence Ross' kryptonite after all. After starting 0-for-5, Ross has scored the Raps' last 6 pts. Raps within 2
Random aside. On 10th anniversary of Vince Carter trade, Jarrett Jack said “His high-wire act was almost comparable to Michael’s."
Drake Night kiss cam! It remains like all other kiss cams.
James Johnson missed two free throws, and then was slow getting back, causing a mismatch. Lucky Nets didn't capitalize.
Greivis has his floater working. The Raps lost in transition, though.
Patrick Patterson's outchea shooting 24-foot layups.
Not a good Q for the Raptors. Nets, in second night of a back-to-back, shot 59% and outscored Toronto 18-6 in the paint. Raps down 8
Nets up 30-22 at the end of a q. Raps' defensive rotations look awful.
Raps giving up 30 points and counting in the first quarter to a Nets team that struggles to score is not Drizzy-like.
So far, this looks a lot like the bad moments of the playoff series.
Well, that Landry Fields tweet sure failed spectacularly.
Bruno Caboclo signing off: "Good Christmas and good New Year for everybody."
The Jarrett Jack floater looks same as it always did.
Ah, there's that Joe Johnson floater that killed the Raptors last year. 12-6 Nets early.
Who are the other contenders, besides Landry Fields, for most improved player?
"I’ve got great things that will adorn your, uh, body as you move through life. I don’t know. I was trying to find a good way to say that."
More Drake on redesign: "I think people are going to be floored with what we have in store for next season …
Raptors pumping in fan noise for ESPN. That’s too bad.
Calls Lowry "the baby-faced assassin, and dubs Dwane Casey the best dressed man in the NBA.
Drake jokes that Amir recently got a Swiffer tattoo.
Drake announces the Raptor starters, becoming an annual Drake Night tradition.
gold and black fireworks, too. Drake doing intros.
What does Bruno think of Bebe? "He dont help me- practice, locker room, he only speaks Portuguese. Its not helping me. Talk English, Lucas"
Bebe: "Bruno Caboclo, last question... I dont want to disturb your time. I know you're busy. What do you think of Lucas Nogueira? Be honest"
"I've got much love for NY and Brooklyn but in this par. arena at this particular moment, the 1 thing I want to do is knock out Brooklyn."
Bebe: "Before nobody understand him in the locker room. So now he has a chance to make jokes so he can make the veterans laugh all the time"
Why’d Drake pick the Nets for Drake Night: "'Cause if there's anybody that I want to beat, it's the Nets."
Bebe: "He's learning English jokes right now so he can talk more in locker room" Bruno: "And make people laugh. I love that. I feel happy"
Drake says he isn’t going when Leiweke does. Wants to be involved long-term, not in ownership role though.
Drake added he has no interest in buying a stake in MLSE
Drake asked for clarification on “F__ Brooklyn” then said Raptors would go from 0 to 100 “real quick."
Asked how quickly the Raptors will go from 0 to 100, Drake responded, "Dare I say, real quick."
Drake Night 2 is already way better than the first one.
Drake says he wants to be with the Raptors as long as they'll have him, regardless of Leiweke leaving.
Drake says the Raptors rebrand is going well. Says people will like it. "It's definitely a full rebrand."
For the record, Bruno insists he's not shy. "I'm a happy guy. I talk a lot. I'm learning some jokes"
Bebe interjects, thinks the girls believe Bruno is shy, says he should show his "Brazilian spirit" and the girls will come
So, does Bruno have a girlfriend? "I think the girls are shy. They don't come up to talk to me. I don't know why."
Bebe: "Bruno, you have a lot of female fans, they love you because you're beautiful. The girls want to know if you have a girlfriend"
Bruno response to Bebe Q re: chance to play tonight: "If this happens I would cry. So emotional, living here alone" Bebe: "Me too"
By the way, Bebe and Bruno sang at a Brazilian steakhouse last night because the performers didn't show up.
Bebe Q to Bruno: "So tonight you're dressing because you're so talented. So imagine the team wins by 20 or 30. Imagine fans scream Bruno"
Bebe: "Expectations for tonight?" Bruno: "Today is Drake Night. We'll have so much fun. Lost in playoffs, we want today" Bebe: "I like this"
Bebe said "last question" 3-4 times before continuing on w/ more questions for Bruno. Tried to interview James Johnson. JJ: "no comment"
ESPN got part of Bebe-Bruno on tape. Wonder if they'll show it.
Bebe asked for my mic in the locker room, preceded to interview Bruno for 5 minutes - included relationship advice! Quotes and audio to come
KG out tonight (rest). Jarrett Jack said he and KG were talking about how they love Toronto and that it's different.
James Johnson walks in: "No comment."
The raptors turned into a boy band at breakneck speed.
Bruno insists he is not shy. Bebe says he has to come out of his shell to meet the right girl.
Bebe interviewed Bruno for 5 minutes, then decided to interview himself. Changed voices for questions and answers. Guy is a gem
Bebe, like DeMar, is coming for our jobs. Grabbed mic in room and doing an interview with Bruno. Asking good questions
Raptors in purple retros for Drake Night, which is a bit of a surprise - only non-Friday game they'll wear them this season
Asked Jarrett Jack if Chris Bosh graduated too: "I think this degree will be for both of us. He can come visit it at my house."
Casey said it took him a couple months to get over Game 7 loss. "When you're that intense for that long it takes a while to shut it down"
Casey, asked if his players remember G7: "I would say they remember but whether it motivates them or not, you'd have to ask them. I hope so"
Warm feelings left over from Game 7? Casey: "Warm? Yea, warm. Pretty warm. But no, it seems like forever ago, playing this team."
Casey: "I get texts, 'do you know Drake, have you met Drake?' Yea, he sits there every night, he hears me cuss out the referees every night"
Casey on Drake: "He sits their every night. He knows all my cuss words."
Casey said he's watched last year's playoff series against Nets "many times." says experience helped the Raptors grow
Three weeks after injury, DeRozan still not doing much pre-game. Just some shots, mostly standing around