Friday October 30 2009 – 9:57pm Central – Memphis, TN

Raptors @ Grizzlies

Final Score:
115-107, Memphis

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
37 points
12 rebounds
4 assists
13/25 FG
10/14 FT

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
18 points
6 rebounds
3 assists

Shout-out to the Grizzlies:
30 points
7 rebounds
13/21 FG

Stats that stood out:
- 13 lead changes … And the game was tied 16 times
- Banged Up on the Glass:  45-36 REBOUNDING advantage for the Grizz
- Points in the Paint:   Both clubs had 52
- Jose Calderon with a rare sight:  3 assists … 3 turnovers in the game

Thumbs Up:
- Chris Bosh carrying the team in the 1ST half … single-handedly keeping the Raptors in the game

Thumbs Down:
- Toronto blowing an 8-point lead (their biggest of the game) with 10:05 to go … losing by 8.  That’s a 16-point swing in 10 minutes.  Ouch.

Smith says:
- “Toronto’s defence – which was so impressive against the Cavs on Wednesday – hibernated too often against the Grizzlies.”

Jones Says:
- “I was impressed with the game of DeMarre Carroll.”

Keep the 3-ball Steak Alive (862 games and counting):
- The Raptors were 7 of 22 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Magic @ Raptors – Sunday November 1 2009 – 1:00pm Eastern
- Tune in at 12:30pm for the pre game show and just after 1:00pm for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

E. Smith


Here’s our post game chat (sponsored by Alice Fazoolis) with Grizzlies guard OJ Mayo:


7 Responses to “Grizzlies Bite The Raptors”
  1. 1.

    Hi, Eric.

    The early warning signs were actually there against Cleveland.

    - khandor
  2. 2.

    What happened last night was exactly what I wrote about yesterday. The high from beating Cleveland on opening night was totally negated by losing to what should have been an overmatched Memphis.

    Playing Orlando after starting 2-0 meant the outcome would be less important as long as we competed. Now the chance to lose and sit at 1-2 is a very real possibility.

    It’s only 2 games but squandered opportunities are just that.

    If efforts like that can disappear for the most part with his return, Reggie Evans will be among the most popular Raptors ever.

    - Gary
  3. 3.

    Aside from the various Klan websites I occasionally surf, this is quite possibly the worst blog entry I have ever read. Is it written in English? Are those bullet points? Are “ZACH RANDOLPH” and “OJ MAYO” subheadings? Am I to do something with the information that the “Raps and Grizz” each had 52 points in the paint? Is the term “shout-out” still in vogue? I’m all for a free blog and everything, but calling whatever was written here “analysis” is really stretching the boundaries of free speech. The only thing that I really understood about this “piece” was who sponsored the post-game chat. C’mon Smith – you can do better than this.

    - Mike D
  4. 4.

    Shout Out to ZACH RANDOLPH he played very well and EVEN played the ball and really got Andrea in foul trouble!

    Hope the Raps will rebound tomorrow and I mean REBOUND against the Magic in order for them to win!

    - Raps Fan
  5. 5.

    Jose was awful, outplayed in both games so far by the opposition’s pg.

    Bad decisions and shot selection in the 4th.

    He has gotta be better

    - carts
  6. 6.

    Mike D … I don’t know if you’re new to this website or to the work I do …

    But at the risk of “over-reacting” here …

    Your comment is a classic example of folks never being happy. No matter what you do, you’re never gonna make EVERYONE happy

    I guess it’s not good enough that on Friday … I went to the Raptors shoot-around, filed clips for the Fan 590 sports updates, wrote a blog for, did a VLOG for, produced and hosted a half-hour pre game show, did colour for the broadcast of the Raps and Grizzlies on the Fan 590, provided Twitter updates throughout the game, and then … in the 25 minutes I had between when the game ended and the bus was leaving for the airport … I wrote this quick “recap” of what happened – for those that missed it.

    If you want more “analysis” you can always (a) listen to the broadcast itself or (b) check out other blogs like Doug Smith’s. He has more time to write after games … ’cause he’s not rushing out to catch the team flight.

    So I’m quite fine with the work I do

    And I’m quite fine with the blogs that I write here most of the time (which – by the way – is about 6-7 days a week from October – June)

    - Eric Smith
  7. 7.

    Hey, Eric

    I’m fine with the work you do too! I can’t believe you find the time to do all of these things!

    - Raps Fan
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