Wednesday February 17 2010 – 10:20pm Eastern – Toronto, ON

Grizzlies @ Raptors

Final Score:
109-102, Grizzlies (Toronto now 29-24)

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
32 points
10 rebounds
4 assists
2 blocks
11/22 FG
10/10 FT

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
* we weren’t joined by a member of the Grizzlies, but if we had our choice we would have talked to:
29 points
8 rebounds
2 assists
10/17 FG
8/10 FT

Shout-out to the Grizzlies:
24 points
11 rebounds
5 assists
10/23 FG

Stats that stood out:
- Points in the Paint:  48-46, Toronto
- 2nd Chance Points:  12-7, Toronto
- Fast Break Points:  18-12, Toronto
- Toronto has now recorded their 18th straight game of 100 or more points. It’s the longest active streak in the NBA
- Toronto is now 20-7 at home and they’ve won 8 of their last 10 overall (and 14 of their last 16 at home)
- Gay scored 8 of his 29 points in overtime (8 of Memphis’ 12 total points)
- A win tonight WOULD HAVE tied the Raptors franchise record for most victories in a row (9).  Ah well.
- Toronto now 3-1 when wearing their “Huskies” uniforms

Thumbs Up:
- The 2nd unit … at least offensively … stepped up on a night when 3/5ths of the starting line up (Jarrett Jack, DeMar DeRozan, and Hedo Turkoglu) were struggling.  Jose Calderon, Amir Johnson, Sonny Weems, Antoine Wright and Reggie Evans provided some solid energy … tallying 43 points as well.

Thumbs Down:
- It may not be fair to single out one guy, but Turkoglu was a non-factor … and that hurt T.O. 
     0/5 FG
     1 point
     2 assists
     1 rebound
     3 turnovers
     29:16 minutes

Smith Says:
- “Toronto’s defence – especially in overtime – was suspect when you consider how Calderon and Turkoglu continued to switch off on Mike Conley and Gay.  A number of times there was no reason to switch – Turk could have easily stayed on Gay.  But Gay just stared down Calderon and put him in the torture chamber time and time again.”

Jones Says:
- “There has to be better situational awareness.  Up 5 with :37 seconds to go … you can’t give up an open 3-ball.  And then transition defence on the tying basket was not good … You’ve got to get back.”

Keep the 3-ball Streak Alive (913 games and counting):
- The Raptors were 3 of 17 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Raptors @ Nets – Friday February 19 2010 – 8:00pm Eastern
- Tune in just at 7:30pm for the pre game show and just after 8:00pm for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

* Missed our post-game show? You can catch it right here:

6 Responses to “Grizzlies Bite The Raps In OT”
  1. 1.


    - Raps Fan
  2. 2.

    @ Raps Fan: We don’t need a trade, we just need a couple of guys to step up. If Evans can provide more depth and Turkoglu starts constantly playing close the level he did in Orlando, we’re sitting nicely in 4th, 5th, 6th for the rest of the season.

    - jmec_75
  3. 3.

    I was at the game last night and it was a good one to watch (…if you ignored Turkoglu)

    - Carolyn R,
  4. 4.

    No trade needed. They did all they could but had no answer for Rudy Gay, same as they rarely have an answer for a player of his skill set.

    All the Raps need to do is go and blow out the Nets and get back onto the winning side of things.

    - T.J.
  5. 5.

    i put the blame on j.t. on this one. what is the turk doing at crunch time, everybody knows he can’t guard anybody. we have scorer on the floor ,last one minute of thde o.t. why not put amir on gay box on one. he smirk everytime they switch and see jose on him.
    bud mistake j.t.

    - ernie torres
  6. 6.

    jmec_75 — which of the top 4 teams do you see the Raps potentially catching?

    The only chance the Raps have of getting homecourt advantage is to catch one of Orlando or Atlant (whoever comes 2nd in their division).

    I doubt that’s possible. Especially with the Raps giving up a game like last night versus Memphis. Every loss at this point is significant.

    The Raps are 6 behind Boston in the all-important loss column.

    Can’t see them catching Boston…

    - brento.
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