Friday February 26 2010 – 10:03pm Eastern - Toronto, ON 

Cavs @ Raptors

Final Score:
126-118, Cavs in OVERTIME (Toronto now 31-26)

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
22 points
6 assists 
2 rebounds
8/18 FG

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
* We weren’t joined by a member of the Cavs (due to the fact that we had to get out of our broadcast ASAP for the Olympic semi-final (hockey) between Canada and Slovakia) … but if we had chatted with someone it would have been:
36 points
9 assists
6 rebounds
2 steals
10/17 FG
15/16 FT

Shout-out to the Raptors:
24 points
3 rebounds
3 assists
8/14 FG

Stats that stood out:
- Points in the Paint:  50-44, Raptors
- 2nd Chance Points:  19-18, Cavs
- Fast Break Points:  30-16, Cavs
- Toronto is now 2-2 this season without Chris Bosh in the line up
- James had 20 points in the first half, 2 in the 3rd quarter, and 12 in the 4th.  He scored the last 7 points in regulation for Cleveland to send it to OT

Thumbs Up:
- Hanging tough through 4 quarters – without Bosh – against the top team in the East

Thumbs Down:
- Falling apart in overtime (getting out-scored 15-7 … with Cleveland scoring their first 9 points off three 3-balls)

Smith Says:
- “That one stings, and now Toronto will have to find a way to get at least ONE in either Oklahoma City or Houston.  They can’t slip into a 4-game losing streak.”

Jones Says:
- “Valiant effort by Toronto.  Unfortunately, the Raps couldn’t get stops – particularly in overtime.”

Keep the 3-ball Streak Alive (917 games and counting):
- The Raptors were 8 of 25 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Raptors @ Thunder – Sunday February 28 2010 – 7:00pm Eastern
- Tune in at 6:30pm for the pre-game show and just after 7:00pm for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups
(* NOTE:  We may see the pre-game show chopped a bit based on what happens with the Olympic Hockey gold medal game)

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9 Responses to “Cavs Bury Raps In OT”
  1. 1.

    Hi Eric,

    I heard you and Jonesy comment on how quiet the crowd was at the game. It sounded quiet on the radio too.
    -Why such a great crowd on last Saturday night’s game and now this? Were there a lot of suits there?
    -Do you think if the crowd was wild and loud it could have helped Toronto get the win?

    - Mr.Curious
  2. 2.

    Great effort but they need CB4 back fast. This could turn into a 5 game losing streak in a heartbeat.

    If Turk could have just pulled out that last shot in regulation, it would be high fives all around but it was not to be.

    Another tough game coming Sunday, go Raps and go Canada!

    - Gary
  3. 3.

    Bosh not travelling with the Raps>>> next two games will be VERY difficult to pull out. Fortunes change very quickly in the NBA just as Toronto was playing their best ball. :-(

    Cleveland game shows they are capable but this ain’t horshoes or hand grenades.

    - Gary
  4. 4.

    I must be missing something here. When did Hedo Turkoglu become “Mr. Fourth Quarter?”

    Please don’t tell me he has earned such a rewarding moniker after a glimpse of late-game heroics in one season with Orlando? Please don’t tell me we continue to give the ball to Hed olate in the game because of a hot streak he went on LAST YEAR.

    Like what is this obsession with getting him the ball late in the game? I’m sorry, but I just haven’t seen anything from him that would convince me he should definitely have the ball in those situations.

    It’s almost as if it’s is a media-driven phenomenon, which has no actual credibility. It’s as if he’s Kobe Bryant out there. Everyone in the building now knows that Hedo is getting the ball. Think about how ridiculous that sounds, we are talking about Hedo Turkoglu!!!

    I can’t believe Jay has been sucked in by the whole thing. I think it might be a matter of Jay trusting Hedo, and giving him the benefit of the doubt. I don’t expect Hedo to be the getting the ball anymore in that situation going forward, unless it’s being kicked-out to him. And if I am wrong, then God help the Raptors because wwe won’t be winning too many close games.

    - Jamie
  5. 5.

    Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed the following:

    1) Hedo is getting NO lvoe form the officals.

    2) LeBron does not commit fouls during crucial parts of the game.

    3) It is IMPOSSIBLE to play tough, physical defence against LeBron.

    These thing make it tough to watch a good game. All the non-calls in Portland (which I totally agree with) were all of a sudden calls against Cleveland. Why can’t the refs just call a 50-50 came to the best of their ability regardless of the players on involved in the play.

    I understand there is a human element to refereeing, I used to do it myself, but you have to be impartial and players need to stop bitching.

    - T.J.
  6. 6.

    Does anybody care about the raps right now?

    Go team Canada, big game against the US tomorrow.

    Then its back to the raps

    - Jose Hater
  7. 7.

    To expand on T.J’s points. One of the most frustration things about watching the NBA is that one night you can almost mug someone on the court and not get a foul called and another night you touch someone’s hand and it’s a foul. I think the NBA should get all the officials on the same page and decide what kind of game they want pro basketball to be. And referee it CONSISTENTLY.

    - Mr.Curious
  8. 8.

    Thank you Mr. Curious.

    - T.J.
  9. 9.

    How long has the NBA been in operation?

    That is exactly how long there have refereeing issues in the league. Just like in the NHL, MLB and NFL.

    Every city in the league is 100% certain the referees play a role in all their team’s losses. But, not at all in their wins.

    There’s nothing worse than whining NBA players – well, actually, there is…whining NBA fans.

    Quit crying and get back to playing. Whining never put the biscuit in the basket…

    - brento.
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