Showing posts with label Landry Fields. Show all posts
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

31 for 51 - The NBA reacts to the Terrence Ross 51-point performance

posted by Romy Aquino
Terrence Ross came into last season as a rookie averaging 17 minutes of playing time and just 6.4 ppg but he made a name for himself when he won the 2013 Sprite slam dunk title.  Now midway through the 2013-14 NBA season, going into Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, T-Ross had averaged just under 10 points per game and then...he exploded for a 51 point performance, tying Vince Carter's franchise record that was set back in 2000.  T-Ross made his name known again, and the NBA took notice.

Monday, October 21, 2013

VIDEO: Raptors DJ Augustin throws the high alley-oop pass to Landry Fields

It's only preseason but we have a nice little highlight from the Knicks-Raptors preseason matchup.  DJ Augustin chucks up the high alley-oop pass to Landry Fields for the jam against the Knicks on Monday night.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pound the Rock Stars of the Night - Toronto Raptors 114 , Milwaukee Bucks 122 - The 'Staying Alive' Edition

posted by Mike Masaya

POUND THE ROCK STARS - On a nightly basis, no matter how good or bad the Raps play, no matter if they blow out a team or if they get blown out and no matter if they win or lose, these are the Raptors with the best 'Pound the Rock' status for the night.


LINE: 19 pts (9-11), 1-2 FT, 9 reb
From the first tip right up until about three minutes left in overtime Amir Johnson was the motor keeping the Raptors going, taking high percentage shots and making things difficult for the Bucks with his defense. Andrea Bargnani and Landry Fields were a great help to Amir’s cause early on with their size and active hands creating points off of turnovers.  Amir had 9 points by halftime but went scoreless in a poor 3rd quarter by the Raptors before scoring 10 in the fourth. Even though Amir Johnson fouled out he was a key factor in trying to keep the Raptors playoff hopes alive.

LINE: 21 pts (8-20), 4-5 FT
None of Alan Anderson’s points were as important as his dunk to tie the game at 104 with 1.6 seconds left in the 4th quarter sending the game into overtime. Anderson’s role in keeping the Raptors in the game with 21 points in 29 minutes of playing time was invaluable especially with Rudy Gay out with back spasms. Averaging 24 minutes and 11 points this season its good to know he can elevate his game when Toronto is short handed and he is getting more touches. Should this be the end of the Toronto’s playoff chances, Raptors management should feel good knowing a player like Anderson is capable of performing well under pressure when his number is called. No doubt a topic of conversations with trade rumours likely to resurface at the end of the season.

LINE: 16 pts (6-9), 4-5 3pts
With less than 20 minutes of playing time John Lucas was able score 16 points on 66% shooting and 80% from 3 point range. DeMar Derozan was clearly no slouch with 18 points and 9 assists of his own and my only concern is that it was done with a little under 48 minutes on 6-21 shooting. There was no doubt a monkey wrench thrown into the Raptors new system with the temporary loss of Rudy Gay and more pressure will understandably fall back onto Derozan. This is why John Lucas III will remain coach Casey’s favorite go to bench player by staying ready to play at full speed the way the coaching staff and fans know he can when the team needs him the most, like he did tonight.

LINE: 29 pts (12-21), 5-5 FT, 11 reb, 2 stl
Ersan Ilyasova has averaged 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds this season and improved to 15 points and 7.5 rebounds in the month of February helping keep the Bucks playoff hopes alive. No doubt asked to fill the void left by Andrew Bogut, Ersan Ilyasova welcomes contact under the rim with his 6’10 235 pound frame and balances it with a decent mid range jumper should his defenders ever question his ability.  His tip in of a missed shot with seconds left in the 4th quarter giving the Bucks a 104-102 lead is another example of his endless hustle and determination. Extra points go out to him after clocking in nearly 40 minutes in an uptempo game which can often be a challenge for big men.

Next up for the Raps: @ Golden State (Monday)

Photo via Fox Sports

Friday, March 1, 2013

3 Point Break: Raptors vs Pacers

posted by Mike Masaya

With a little under two months left in the NBA season the Raptors will have to forget the bad calls and the “could have, should have and would have” moments that littered their record throughout their first 20 games. The Raptors currently sit at the 9th spot in the East tied with the Philadelphia 76ers and 6 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks. If the NFL is a “game of inches” then the Raptors mantra is about winning games “decided by stats” with variables all less than 10.

The Indiana Pacers are force to be reckoned with and have won 4 of their last 5 games and are tied for 2nd in the East. The season series between these 2 teams is 2-1 in favor of the Raptors. One can only hope that the with the Pacers losing the first of back to back games, a day off for the Raptors and a concentrated effort that they can win the season series at 3-1 tonight.

In order to make that possible there are a few important things Toronto will have to do and the room for error is very small.

Bench Mob: All season long we have had great break out performances from the likes of Alan Anderson and John Lucas III. It’s always fun to watch a bench player have a game where everything goes their way and it makes for a great story. The key is turning these one-off situations into a common occurrences. By all accounts Andrea Bargnani should be leading the charge off the bench with Landry Fields and Terrence Ross should they get the playing time. The Raptors bench averaged 18 points in their last 3 losses and averaged 25 in their last 2 wins. Before you say that small of a margin doesn’t make a difference, all 3 losses mentioned above were by an average of 7.6 points.

Free Throws: Every team needs to shoot well from the line to stay in close games. Although the Raptors are doing great in that category averaging around 80% as of late, the truth is they will need to stay around or above 85% as they did in their last 2 wins.  The Raptors lost by 6 points to the Wizards and that just so happens to be the exact number of free throws they missed that night. I know asking a team to shoot 100% from the line is unrealistic however getting to the line which Toronto already does a great job of doing, will have to be better. With a few more free throw opportunities or a higher free throw percentage it could make all the difference. With Toronto tied for 6th place in free throw percentage among all NBA teams there is nothing to frown at and proves they have what it takes to make that extra push and turn close games into wins.

Turnovers: Every team wants keep their turnovers down and its obvious the Raptors keep themselves in every game when they keep their turnover numbers low. Only New York and Philadelphia average less turnovers than Toronto who themselves average 12.7 turnovers per game. As shown by their last 3 losses going even slightly over that number to 14.3 can make a huge difference. Indiana is a tough defensive team so passes will need to be sharp and the Raptors will have to avoid charges and fouls under the basket because the Pacers are in no way afraid of contact, they welcome it.

Photo via Raptors HQ

Monday, January 7, 2013

PODCAST: Hip Hoop Junkies & Hoop Heads North present RAPS TALK Ep. 37 (01.07.2013)

Episode 37 of RAPS TALK (01.07.13) - It's a new year and the Raptors went into the new year right with some W's.  The podcast trio is back to discuss the Raptors recent wins, if Jose Calderon should stay or be traded, review NBA TV Canada's "Open Gym, Episode 3" and we also have our regular segments "Hoop Heads Humour of the Week" and "The Wenningtons of the Week."  

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Monday, December 24, 2012

PODCAST: Hip Hoop Junkies & Hoop Heads North present RAPS TALK Ep. 36 (12.24.2012)

Episode 36 of RAPS TALK (12.24.12) - We're going streaking!  The Toronto Raptors go into the Christmas break with a five-game winning streak and we have to have a celebration podcast.  On this week's RAPS TALK podcast, we talk winning streak, Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson's new haircut and we also have our regular segments "Hoop Heads Humour of the Week" and "The Wenningtons of the Week."  Victories, baby!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pound the Rock Stars of the Night - Toronto Raptors 95, Dallas Mavericks 74 - The 'Attack of the Bench' Edition

POUND THE ROCK STARS - On a nightly basis, no matter how good or bad the Raps play, no matter if they blow out a team or if they get blown out and no matter if they win or lose, these are the Raptors with the best 'Pound the Rock' status for the night.


LINE:  20 pts (7-13), (5-11) 3 pt, 5 reb
Tying his season high 20 points first reached in a Utah loss back in November Linas Kleiza had one of those games that reminds everyone that may have forgot how good he can be. Not only was Kleiza beaming with confidence but his teammates were looking to him on offence knowing he had the hot hand, and making sure he touched the ball at least once on each possession.  Sitting out 4 games in December with one 5 minute outing where he picked up 3 points and another where he had 17 points in 29 minutes, it’s once again clear that with playing time and confidence Linas Kleiza is a key player coming off the bench.

LINE:  18 pts (6-14), 4-4 FT, 5 reb, 2 ast
Being a NBA 1st round draft pick is never easy especially if you’ve been drafted to a team like the Raptors who have struggled for the past few seasons. With Ross scoring an average of 6 ppg since joining the league he knows now is the time to prove himself with drama surrounding the Raptors starters resulting in an increased offensive output. With Kyle Lowry hurt, Andrea Bargnani hurt and surrounded by trade rumours and Landry Fields still out the rest of the Raptors are getting an opportunity to show what we’ve always known they can do.

LINE:  14 pts (5-9), 4 reb, 3 ast
With Jose Calderon used to stepping into a starting role for the Raptors it was a business as usual. With all 7 years in the NBA playing for Raptors Jose’s request to be traded no doubt indirectly lit a fire under his teammates. A public request to be traded is directed to his teammates as much as it is directed to the front office. The positive side of this kind of negativity is that Jose will play hard trying to prove he is not the problem while his teammates do the same resulting in all around great performances. Whether impressing future suitors or current owners all eyes are on the Raptors which may be a public motivating factor which they desperately need.

LINE: 15 pts (7-18), 5 reb
Chris Kaman has shown next to no drop in his stat line since 2003 and the Mavericks front office realized that and quickly made the big man a huge asset to the team. Scoring less than 10 points only three times this season while averaging 14 pts and 6 reb, one can only wonder what will happen when Dirk Nowitzki comes back from injury. No doubt the number of touches he gets will drop but if Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle can find a way to manage their minutes and run plays for both big men, the Mavericks have a chance to make noise once again in the West.

Next up for the Raps: vs Houston (Sunday)

Photo via The Globe and Mail

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Buzz....Raptors to sign Mickael Pietrus

posted by Romy Aquino
The rumours of Mickael Pietrus potentially joining the Toronto Raptors started back on Wednesday and the buzz seems to be getting stronger today.   The Raptors, who have a disappointing 3-13 record are looking for an answer at the small forward slot.  With injuries to both Landry Fields and Alan Anderson, and Dominic McGuire not cutting it in the Raptors first sixteen games, Bryan Colangelo apparently is looking to sign former Boston Celtic, Mickael Pietrus to fill that void.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today:

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to sign veteran shooting guard Mickael Pietrus, USA TODAY Sports has learned.According to two people with knowledge of the situation, veteran small forward Dominic McGuire is likely to be released by the Raptors in order to make room for Pietrus. The Raptors (3-13) need help, and the addition of Pietrus is expected to be finalized on Friday.

Pietrus was traded to the Toronto Raptors last offseason but the trade was called off at the last minute when the Raptors didn't like what showed up on his physical.  Pietrus played 42 games with the Celtics last year and averaged 6.9 ppg.  He can shoot the three, and once nailed 8 threes against the Raptors back in 2010.

So no official news yet but a deal could be announced as early as Friday.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Four Steps In The Right Direction - Previewing the 2012-13 Toronto Raptors

posted by Mike Masaya
Raptors fans have a lot of questions coming into this 2012-13 NBA season and they deserve answers. After all the heat the Raptors front office took from the media and fans, was Jonas Valanciunas worth the 5th overall pick 2011? Although they are coming of another losing season, is the team finally adopting coach Dwane Casey’s “Pound The Rock” philosophy? These are some of the questions that have been answered in part resulting in a Raptors 5-1 preseason record and have given Raptors supports reasons to be excited.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MASTER OF THE TWITTERVERSE - Landry Fields gets his NBA Social Media Award

posted by Romy Aquino
So the Toronto Raptors got themselves a winner.  Well, a social media winner.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hoops Talk out of Halifax with Dominic McGuire at Toronto Raptors Training Camp 2012 (Halifax,NS)

Dominic McGuire is know for defence, which is perfect for Coach Casey's Pound the Rock system.  McGuire is looking to grab one of the final roster spots with the Toronto Raptors this season and if he can show that he can defend, he has a good chance.  McGuire is playing with his fifth team with previous stints in Washington, Charlotte, Sacramento and Golden State.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Hoops Talk out of Halifax with Amir Johnson at Toronto Raptors Training Camp 2012 (Halifax,NS)

Amir Johnson is just a funny dude.  You'll always see Amir joking around with the team, dancing off to the side at practice and pulling jokes on the team plane (see below picture).  But he also adds to this squad with his talent and experience. Even though he is still only 25, Amir has been in the league since 2005 when he was drafted 56th overall as one of the last high schoolers to be drafted in the league.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Check out HHJ/HHN on the Dino Nation Blog: The Starting 5 Podcast with James Borbath

Today, Sean Francois and myself joined The Starting 5 podcast with James Borbath recapping our experience at the Toronto Raptors training camp so far here in our hometown of Halifax.  James has had previous experience with Raptors training camp when he attended camp in Ottawa.

In today's podcast, we talk about the Raptors' point guard situation, Landry Fields, Jonas Valunciunas, the maturity of Ed Davis and more Raptors talk.

Check it out:
The Starting 5 podcast with James Borbath

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Hoops Talk with Landry Fields at Toronto Raptors Training Camp 2012 (Halifax,NS)

If I were to guess who will be one of  the biggest jokesters on this Raptors team this season, I'd say Landry Fields will be one of them.   The Stanford alum has a good personality and is a guy that would keep the mood light in the locker room.  This 2012-2013 Raptors roster is full of different personalities which, as a group, should mix well on the court.  Fields was living it up big time in New York last season but now has an opportunity to play a bigger role on this year's Raptors team.  I look forward to see what he brings to the team, both on and off the court.

Check out Sean Francois (Hoop Heads North) and myself as we chat with Landry about hoops, Michael Jackson and Canada at the end of Day #1 practice:

Stay tuned for more interviews from Raptors training camp here in Halifax!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hoops Talk with Quincy Acy at Toronto Raptors Training Camp 2012 (Halifax,NS)

Evening practice on Day #1 went well.  My blogging brother, Sean Francois and I got to catch the end of practice as the team finished off with some situational inbounds plays, stretches and an after-practice ice bath (as caught by Landry Fields).

We met up with a few players at the end of practice, including the Raptors second round pick and Baylor alum, Quincy Acy.

Stay tuned for more interviews with Terrence Ross and Landry Fields.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Who's the new guy? Raptors New Face: Dominic McGuire

I guess a lot of Raps fans are wondering... who the hell is Dominic McGuire?  Well, he is one of the latest guys signed by the Raps that will fill out one of the last Raptors roster spots this season.  He's a 6'9" athletic wing player out of Fresno State and based on his NBA career so far, he's nothing to get too excited about.  He's known for his defence which should fit perfectly into Coach Casey's system.

This will be McGuire's fifth team in almost as many seasons, having previous stints in Golden State, Sacramento, Charlotte and Washington (where he was drafted 47th overall in the '07 Draft).  He was drafted in the same Wizards draft class where Washngton took Nick Young 16th overall, the same season when the Wizards had their last winning season. 'DMac' then bounced around the league and has yet to find a team to stick with.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Who's the new guy? Raptors New Face: Kyle Lowry

Ok Canada, he's not Steve Nash.

But hey, he's not a bad alternative.  Considering Kyle Lowry is 12 years younger than Steve Nash, and at only 26 years of age, he's a veteran with six seasons of experience under his belt.  He's going to be a perfect fit for this young Raptors squad.

When the Raps announced that they had landed Kyle Lowry, I was excited.  The dude was on my fantasy team last season and he was a beast for that first half season while he was healthy.  The  guy is a triple double threat and the former Houston Rocket had a nice season last year averaging 14.3 ppg, 6.6 apg and 4.5 rpg.  It helps that the Raps got Lowry at a good price too, trading a protected first round pick and Gary Forbes to land the former Villanova point guard.

Monday, February 27, 2012

HFX to ORL: Kiss Cam starring Jeremy Lin's parents

So my wife and I made the trip from Halifax to Orlando for a little vacation and we caught the NBA Rising Stars challenge this past Friday night.  And the highlight of the evening (outside of the game itself) was definitely the Kiss Cam starring Jeremy Lin's folks.  Enjoy.

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