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:
ANDRE MILLER
18 points
10 assists 
7 rebounds
3 steals
0 turnovers
8/14 FG

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
JUWAN HOWARD
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:
HEDO TURKOGLU
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

Missed The Rap? You can listen to it here:

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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!
    MOST IMPROVED PLAYER!

    - 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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