Wednesday February 18 2009 - 10:21pm Eastern (Toronto)

Cavs @ Raptors

Final Score:
93-76, Cavs

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
- WALLY SZCZERBIAK
11 points
4 rebounds
4/4 FG

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
- LEBRON JAMES
20 points
9 assists
9 rebounds
9/17 FG

Shout-out to the Spurs:
- SHAWN MARION
10 points
6 rebounds
6 assists 
2 blocks

Stats that stood out:
- Toronto scored only 35 points in the second half
- The Raptors shot just 36.5 FG%
- Raps out-rebounded 48-32 by the Cavs
- Zydrunas Ilgauskas:  22 points (11/17 FG), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks
- Cavs shoot 58.0 FG%

Thumbs Up:
- The opening few minutes — even the opening quarter — looked good with Marion and the Raptors running the floor and pushing the pace.  We saw a GLIMPSE of what the new style of this team could be. 

Thumbs Down:
- The final three quarters looked NOTHING like the opening one.  No energy.  No running.  All jumpers.  Little resistance against the Cavs on either end of the floor.

Smith says:
- “Chaulk this one up to an elite team coming to town and over-powering a team without its best player (Bosh) that was also trying to integrate a major new piece in Marion.  The great test(s) will come in the coming games against New York and Minnesota — must wins.”

Jones says:
“The potential with the new squad is evident.  It’s up to the rest of the team to make a commitment to play the style needed to be successful.”

“V-Tech” 3-In-To-Win Give-Away:
The Raptors were 4 of 15 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Raptors @ Knickss
– Friday February 20 2009 
- Tune in at 7:05pm Eastern for the pre game show and just after 7:30pm for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

E. Smith

Missed the post-game show? You can listen to it here:

[audio:http://qml.quiettouch.com/files/radio/fan590/hotaudio/rapspostgame-fan590-20090219.mp3]

10 Responses to “Cavs Spoil Marion’s Debut”
  1. 1.

    Cavs are certainly a superior team and it would have been a shocker if the raps pulled this one off! Nevertheless, there was no effort in the second half…it just seemed like the players were (wait for it….) settling for jumpers! They played great defence in the first quarter but I don’t know where that effort was for the rest of the game? I seriously don’t know how You, Jonsey, Jack and Devlin have the patience to call these games…I swear, If I had to call these games I would have walked off half-way through the game for most of the games this season!!!

    - Mr. T
  2. 2.

    Pull out the Salami and Cheese: This season is over.

    - Joe N.
  3. 3.

    Hey Eric. How much scoop can you get on the trade deadline Thursday? And would you have gone to see Barack Obama if you could? Take it easy. ;)

    - Vegita
  4. 4.

    Meaning Obama will be in Ottawa tomorrow.

    - Vegita
  5. 5.

    Hey Eric,
    Love that you cover the Raps very well and that you are a positive thinker, but com’on, you can’t really think that this team has any chance of making the playoffs. Just as much chance as TSN2 showing up on Rogers. You’re watching the same games I’m watching, how come you think that this team will all of a sudden just put together. I guess you have your obvious reasons, but you can’t really believe in this team. Change has to begin at the coaching level. This team makes the same mistakes every game. The beloved AP and Jose pathetic defense always leaving their man with a wide open look. I’m just venting, but please tell me you see this too!

    - Jules
  6. 6.

    hi! i just picked this up on espn. One of their recent trade comlumns just the one from wed. nite, chad ford has said, “A source close to Bosh told me this afternoon that Chicago would be his first choice as a free-agency destination that summer.” i dont know if you have read this but lettin you know anywayz

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=TradeTalkRoundup-090218

    - saif
  7. 7.

    Here’s a quote from Chuck Swirsky :
    ” I don’t see Bryan Colangelo parting with Chris Bosh .In fact, I would be stunned “,
    Raps have 3 winnable games -2 with Knicks – and Minny – 2/3 wins is almost a must if we’re going to sneak into playoffs.

    - Chas Calz
  8. 8.

    Eric,

    Every game is a great test for the Raptors, not just the ones the have a better chance of not losing. Sounds like you gave up on this game just like the players did. Win or lose they need to come to play. Triano is not getting that out of them.

    - PJ
  9. 9.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine

    I think fans should visit this site, before making absurd trades proposals when they call in to talk to you.

    Keep up the good work Eric

    - Jay Dee
  10. 10.

    I fully agree with PJ’s comments Eric. You make it seem as though, only the winable games are important. Games like last night are good for Raptor confidence especially if they can come away with the win. Raptors will never estbish respect in the NBA if the only games we have a good chance of winning are the games against teams under .500. If that’s the case,that should not sit well with season ticket holders.

    I also agree with the final caller last night who stated that you guys in the media that cover the Raptors and many fans are very passive with the raps and never hold raptors management accountable,

    You guys make alot of excuses such as Injuries,learning a new system
    etc. One would think that you guys are making excuses for high schoolers, these are Millionaires that have been playing the game of basketball for years now. we have not yet seen teams like Milwaukee, the Sixers or Orlando go on rampant losing streaks like toronto and they have had to endure adversity missing key players. In fact Milwakee has manage to maintain there playoff spot with wins over good teams, sixers replaced there coach and lost Elton Brand for the season yet they have not gone on the kind of losing streaks the raptors have and have jumped to 7th and stand two games over five hundred.

    Please Eric it’s time for the Raptors media to stop the excuses and hold this organization and it’s players acountable.

    - Thomas
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