Saturday, March 8, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
NUMBERS DON'T LIE
RAPTORS 104, WARRIORS 98
The "Out for Revenge" Edition
The last time these two teams played, Rudy Gay was still on the Raptors roster and the Raptors blew a 27-point lead, losing to Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. On Sunday afternoon, Toronto was out to revenge that loss from earlier in the season (and if you missed our game preview with Let's Go Warriors, check it here.) Toronto locked down on defence in the fourth quarter and held off the Golden State Warriors 104-98 and Toronto moved to 33-26 on the season.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Raptors were a member of #TankNation?
Colangelo: “Admittedly, I tried to tank a couple of years ago”
Up until this season, it has been a rough go for the Toronto Raptors for a few years now. Fans have watched the Raptors have five straight losing seasons up until this current season. In his tenure, former Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo did what he could to turn this franchise around, including an attempt to "tank" in the 2011-12 season in his latest comments at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
“Admittedly, I tried to tank a couple of years ago,” Colangelo said during a basketball panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. “I didn’t come out and say, ‘Coach, you have to lose games.’ I wanted him to establish a winning tradition and culture, but I wanted him to do it in the framework of playing and developing young players.”
Friday, February 28, 2014
Amir Johnson Windmills, Dwight Buycks Shimmies
It was a playoff atmosphere at the ACC on Thursday night as the Raptors ran a triple overtime marathon against the Washington Wizards. The Raptors played their longest game in franchise history in a game that lasted 3 hours and 32 minutes in a 134-129 loss to the Washington Wizards. The game was an exciting affair from start to finish including a windmill dunk from Amir Johnson in the fourth quarter.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NUMBERS DON'T LIE
RAPTORS 99, CAVS 93
The "Grind It Out" Edition
The Raptors are learning how to grind out wins even when they surrender 14-point leads. DeMar DeRozan led the way for Toronto as the Raptors held off the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning 99-93. This was the Raptors third straight win and their sixth win in the last seven games.
Numbers don't lie, check the scoreboard:
The Raptors33 DeMar DeRozan helped the Raptors grind out a road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The All-Star scored 33 points (12-25), with 16 points in the fourth, 9-13 FT, 6 assists....yes 6 assists, 4 rebounds and one steal. On a night where Kyle Lowry struggled with his shot, DeMar was able to step it up on the offence and put up his eleventh 30+ point game of the season.
3 The win over Cleveland on Tuesday night marked the third consecutive winning month for Toronto. The last time this happened? It was 2007.
3-15 Kyle Lowry struggled with his shot on Tuesday going 3-15 from the field and 0-9 from three. He did make it up at the free throw line where he went 7-7. Lowry finished with 13 points and 9 assists.
15 Greivis Vasquez was a spark off the Raptors bench and scored 15 points (6-11) in 17 minutes.
19 Terrence Ross had 19 points on the night on 7-11 shooting, 5-8 threes and a monstrous jam in the second half (check out the Final Notes). When T-Ross gets involved on the offence, it translates into wins.
Via Paul Jones:
Ross with 19 pts. When he has 10+ pts #Raptors are 21-6. #rtz3:11 The Raptors are becoming more resilient in fourth quarters and grinded out the win in the final three minutes. The Raps outscored Cleveland 12-4 in the final 3:11 to secure the win.
— Paul Jones (@Paul__Jones) February 26, 2014
7 The Toronto Raptors are now seven games over .500. SEVEN GAMES. Crazy, eh?
The Cavs0 This was a 2-point game with 3:11 to play and the Cavs could have used their All-Star Kyrie Irving to help them out. Irving did not score in the final eight minutes and didn't make any of his final shots in the game. He did finish with 25 points (10-22), 9 assists, 4 rebounds and two steals.
14 The Cavs fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half but were able to get within one point in the third quarter.
40.5% Cleveland shot just 40% from the field (34-84) and 5-17 from three.
0/5 Toronto native and 2013 first overall pick Anthony Bennett struggled and went 0/5 from the field in eight minutes.
Final Notes1 We got one nasty throwdown compliments of Terrence Ross.
(Photo via Yahoo! AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Sunday, February 23, 2014
NUMBERS DON'T LIE
RAPTORS 105, MAGIC 90
The "Third Quarter Eruption Part II" Edition
It was an almost identical performance of Toronto's matchup against the Cavs on Friday. A rough first half followed by a strong second half for Toronto where the Raptors shot a hot 86% in the third quarter. Kyle Lowry continued to impress and caught fire in the third quarter in the 105-90 win over the Orlando Magic at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
NUMBERS DON'T LIE
RAPTORS 98, CAVS 91
The "Third Quarter Eruption" Edition
Mark it down, it's win #30 for the Toronto Raptors. Toronto continued their dominance at home, making a second half run in their 98-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Canada Basketball night at the ACC. Terrence Ross had his biggest game since his 51-point effort a few weeks back and also played lockdown defence on the Cavs top offensive threats.