Wednesday February 24 2010 – 10:09pm Eastern - Toronto, ON 

Blazers @ Raptors

Final Score:
101-87, Blazers (Toronto now 31-25)

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
18 points
10 assists 
7 rebounds
3 steals
0 turnovers
8/14 FG

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
10 points
3 rebounds
2 assists
1 steal
4/7 FG
* Looked solid in the start in place of injured big man Marcus Camby (ankle)

Shout-out to the Raptors:
24 points
4 rebounds
3 assists
8/9 FG

Stats that stood out:
- Points in the Paint:  46-38, Blazers
- 2nd Chance Points:  8-7, Blazers
- Fast Break Points:  20-14, Blazers
- The Raptors had scored 100+ points in 20 straight games coming into this contest (it WAS the longest active streak in the NBA this season and a franchise record as well) 
- Toronto is now 2-1 this season without Chris Bosh in the line up
- Jose Calderon (2 for 8 FG) and Antoine Wright (1 for 7 FG) combined to go 3 of 15 from the floor for only 7 total points.  In fact, the bench overall shot 11/33 (33% FG)
- Following the loss, the “sweater record” now sits at 12-3.  Ah well!

Thumbs Up:
- Turkoglu’s performance … in spite of the loss … could be reason for optimism going forward.  We’ll see.

Thumbs Down:
- Turnovers.  16 tonight for the Raptors — and a ton early on.  On your home floor (and playing without your best player) you can’t allow that to happen.

Smith Says:
- “It’s hard to say ‘you didn’t see this coming’ with Bosh out of the line up for the Raptors and a QUALITY opponent comign to town.  But it’s the WAY Toronto lost that is/was frustrating.  Gotta get back at it — with or without Bosh — against the mighty Cavs on Friday.”

Jones Says:
- “Portland played the game at their pace and took advantage of Raptors turnovers early to build a lead they never gave up.”

Keep the 3-ball Streak Alive (916 games and counting):
- The Raptors were 7 of 20 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Cavaliers @ Raptors – Friday February 26 2010 – 7:00pm Eastern
- Tune in at 7:00pm for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

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3 Responses to “Portland Blazes Path To Win”
  1. 1.

    What happen to the BENCH?

    They really did not play well! compared to Portland’s bench!

    How about Jared Bayless!

    - Raps Fan
  2. 2.

    I don’t know if it was really neccessary to run pick and roles with Reggie, he doesn’t seem very polished and that could have prevented some turnovers.

    There some awful turnovers and I will take this game as an abberation.

    If the Raptors continue to give up turnovers like this, they is a good chance they will lose the next three in a bad way.

    Chin up though, I loved the physical nature the game started out with. Mmmm… elbows and blood, elbows and blood, gotta have my elbows and blood!

    - T.J.
  3. 3.

    Bosh not playing again against Cleveland next, could be a rout judging by the way the Cavs dismantled a hurtin’ Celtics squad.

    Looks like Shaq may be out as well so a chance for Bargs to shine tho.

    That will save on mop heads tho as about 60 oz of Big Daddy sweat won’t be dripping on the court…….

    - Gary
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