Archive for January, 2011

Streaks Live And Die

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Monday January 24 2011 – 10:54pm Eastern – Toronto, ON 

Toronto falls to 13-32 on the season, losing to the Memphis Grizzlies, 100-98

THE START

Raptors - shoot 55.6% FG as a team;  DeMar DeRozan led the way with 10 points on 4/8 FG and 2/2 FT;  skunked in 2nd chance points
Grizzlies – shot only 39.1% FG but led by 1 (25-24) after 1 QRT due to 5-0 in points off turnovers and 5-0 in 2nd chance points

AT THE HALF

Raptors – shot just 11/26 FG from the floor and saw their percentage dip to 47.7%;  Andrea Bargnani had 8 points in the QRT & a game-high 14 at the half
Grizzlies - Tony Allen came off the bench for 8 points in the QRT on 4/5 FG;  held TOR 0/6 from 3PT land (the ‘streak’ in jeopardy (986 straight games))

AFTER 3

Raptors - Bargnani had 8 more in the QRT for a game-high 22 points;  out-scored Memphis 10-2 on the fast-break in the QRT
Grizzlies – Rudy Gay had 8 points in teh QRT including a late 3-ball that pushed the Memphis lead to 6 after 3 QRTs (80-74)

THE FINAL FRAME

Raptors – trailed by 12 with 8:26 to go and came back to take the lead but ultimately lost the game when they couldn’t get off a shot with 0.08 secondss to play
Grizzlies - blew their double-digit lead but were bailed out on the ‘heroic’ 14-footer by Gay to ice the game at 100-98 with under a second to go

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ALSO OF NOTE

Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) and  Reggie Evans (foot) were each a no-go for Toronto.

Linas Kleiza (knee) did not play for the 4th time in 5 games (after briefly coming back Friday night in Orlando)

Joey Dorsey did not play with a strained right patella (suffered last night in Orlando)

Sonny Weems returned to the line up and PLAYED for the first time since December 15 2010

Toronto was 0/13 from 3PT land.  The streak of 986 straight games with a 3-ball is over.  The last time the Raptors were 0′fer from distance was February 1999.

Zach Randolph registered his 11th straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds

Jerryd Bayless was 2 rebounds shy of the triple-double with 15 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds (+ 4 rebounds and 2 steals)

Toronto has now lost 8 in a row and they’re 1 loss away from falling 20 games below .500

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Post-game interview with Memphis Grizzlies guard OJ Mayo + some of the highlights from the game and audio from our post game show, “The Rap” …

[audio:http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand/mayo-es-20110124.mp3]

[audio:http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand/highlights-es-20110124.mp3]

[audio:http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand/therap-es-20110124.mp3]

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The Raptors will stay in Toronto and get set to play host to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.  Paul Jones and I will be on the air that night at 7pm Eastern with the tip off.

Have a good one

E. Smith

(X)-Factors, (Y)-outh, (Z)-Bo

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Monday January 24 2011 – 2:39pm Eastern – Toronto, ON

I took a well-earned day off yesterday to get reacquainted with my family and to try to block the 0-5 road trip out of my head for a few hours at the very least!

But I’m back at it today – as are the Raptors – getting set for the Memphis Grizzlies at the ACC tonight and I figured I’d step away from my game prep for a few minutes to bring you some stats and storylines to watch for as Toronto gets set for game #45 …

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YOUTH MOVEMENT

Tonight’s tilt will feature two of the youngest teams in the league.

With a young core of guys like OJ Mayo, Marc Gasol, and even Rudy Gay … Memphis has show impressive resiliency in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, the Raptors are the youngest team in the East and their still trying to find their legs as they look ahead to the future with folks like DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson, and a still-young Andrea Bargnani.

                          Years      Days

Minnesota           24           90
Memphis             24           252
Oklahoma City    24           328
Toronto               25           55
Sacramento         25           70

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ZACH ATTACK

Zach Randolph has apparently – finally – found a ‘home’ in the NBA.

A one-time bad boy in the league, Randolph has turned over a new leaf in Memphis both on and off the floor. 

The potent power forward is averaging a whopping 20.1 PPG and 13.1 REB this season AND he just earned the NBA’s “Community Assist” award for the month of December for his charitable work in and around Memphis, Tennessee. 

Take a look at the elite company Randolph keeps in the “20-10 Club” …

                                                  PPG     REB

Blake Griffin (LAC)                    22.8     12.9
Dwight Howard (ORL)               22.1     13.3
Kevin Love (MIN)                      21.3     15.6   

Zach Randolph (MEM)              20.1     13.1

Randolph (Z-Bo) will be looking for his 11th-straight double-double tonight against T.O.

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THIS DON’T LOOK SO GOOD

Not only have the Raptors lost 8 of their last 10 at home and 7 straight overall (coming off an 0-5 road trip) … but … against the GRIZZLIES specifically, they’ve struggled of late:

- The Raptors have dropped four in a row to the Grizzlies
- Memphis is #1 in the NBA at 49.1 points per game in the paint … while Toronto allows a league-worst 48.1 per game in the paint

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Paul Jones and I will be on the air tonight at 7pm … and we’ll be on post-game as well, with “The Rap”, until 11pm.

Have a good one.

E. Smith

                       

                       

 

                       

                       

                       

Heat Scorch Raptors

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Saturday January 22 2011 – 10:24pm Eastern – Miami, FL

Toronto falls to 13-31 on the season, losing to the Miami Heat, 120-103

THE START

Raptors – shot just 26.3% FG and coughed up 7 points off 6 turnovers;  looked flat and trailed 32-17 after 1
Heat – got 25 of their 32 points from James Jones (4/4 FG – 13 points) and LeBron James (12);  shot 61.1% FG

AT THE HALF

Raptors – Andrea Bargnani shot just 3/12 (he was 13/51 in his last 3 games coming into tonight) and Toronto was down by 26
Heat – Mike Miller scores 22 points in the QRT (24 in the half) and Miami posts another 30+ point QRT, leading 66-40 at the half

AFTER 3

Raptors - The Raptors bounced back … after trailing by as many as 28 in the first half … out-scoring MIA 37-26 in the QRT;  DeMar DeRozon had 13 points in teh QRT (20 in the game) and Bargnani added 12 in the QRT (21 for the game);  Raps shot 14/22 FG
Heat – get 10 points in the QRT from James (29 in the game) but see their 26-poitn halftime lead cut to 15 after 3 (92-77)

THE FINAL FRAME

Raptors – cut Miami’s lead to 7 at one point and then 8 on another occasion but ultimately lose by 17;  Jose Calderon with 7 assists in the QRT
Heat - 9 more points from James in the QRT (finishing with 38) as he was the difference when he checked back into the game and ended Toronto’s attempted-comeback

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ALSO OF NOTE

Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) and Sonny Weems (back) were still back in Toronto for this game.  Still nothing Reggie Evans (foot) either.

Linas Kleiza (knee) did not play for the 3rd time in 4 games (after briefly coming back last night in Orlando)

Joey Dorsey did not play with a strained right patella (suffered last night in Orlando)

Dwyane Wade (migraine) did not play

Chris Bosh (ankle) did not play

Mike Miller finished with a season-high 32 points (and 10 rebounds)

Miller’s 22 points in the second QRT were a franchise-high for QRT

Toronto out-scored Miami in the paint, 52-38

Heat shot 16/26 from 3PT distance (61.5%)

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Unfortunately we were not joined by a member of the Heat during our post-game show.

Here are some of the highlights from the game though:

[audio:http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand/highlights-es-20110122.mp3]

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The Raptors will hop on a flight back to Toronto (finally) and they’ll get set to play host to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.  Paul Jones and I will be on the air that night at 7pm Eastern with the tip off.

Have a good one

E. Smith

VLOG 24.0 – MIAMI, FLORIDA

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Saturday January 22 2011 – 2:18pm Eastern – Miami, FL

Following one of the worst games in franchise history (in terms of margin-of-loss), the Raptors are in Miami for their final tilt of a 5-game road trip; still searching for their first win in more than a week.

Toronto has dropped 4 in a row on this tour away from the ACC and they’ve lost 6-straight overall … sitting at just 13-30 in the Eastern Conference.

For more on tonight’s game against the Heat – including an update on Dwyane Wade – check out the latest world-famous Sportsnet Radio, The Fan 590 VLOG:

(I guess we should even-out the chairs next time … haha.  Talk about a ‘height’ / level difference)

Anyway …

We’ll be on the air tonight at 7pm Eastern with the pre-game show and we’ll have the tip-off of the Heat and Raptors just after 730pm.

Be sure to tune in for not only info on tonight’s game … but the special montage of the 5-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against Toronto as well.

Have a good one folks.

E. Smith

Magic Mash Raptors

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Friday January 21 2011 – 9:43pm Eastern – Orlando, FL

Toronto falls to 13-30 on the season, losing to the Orlando Magic, 112-72

THE START

Raptors – got 10 points from DeMar DeRozan but shot just 28.6% FG as a team;  didn’t commit a single turnover
Magic -Dwight Howard had 7 points and 8 rebounds in 12:00 minutes;  Orlando out-rebounded the Raptors 20-9

AT THE HALF

Raptors – fell down by as many as 13 points but cut it to 6 at the break, 47-41;  Andrea Bargnani and Amir Johnson each had 7 points in the QRT
Magic -held Toronto to just 37.5% FG in the first half;  Howard with the double-double at the break, 14 points and 12 rebounds

AFTER 3

Raptors - shot 7/20 FG in the QRT;  three-fifths of the starting line up (Jose Calderon, Linas Kleiza, and Joey Dorsey) with 0 points through 3 QRTs
Magic -opened up a 16-point lead after 3 quarters, 73-57;  Howard with 17 points and 7 rebounds in the QRT (31 and 19 through 3)

THE FINAL FRAME

Raptors – committed ‘only’ 4 turnovers in the QRT but San Antonio converted on only 1;  Andrea Bargnani scored only 1 FG in the 4th (in the 2nd half!)
Magic -put up 39 points on the Raptors in the final frame, adding insult to injury (39-15 in the QRT);  out-scored TOR in the 2nd half 65-31

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ALSO OF NOTE

Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) and Sonny Weems (back) did not travel to Orlando for this game.  Still nothing Reggie Evans (foot) either.

Linas Kleiza (knee) returned to the line up but finished just 1/6 FG … 4 points and 2 rebounds

Orlando scored 54 of their 112 points in the paint

The Magic out-scored Toronto in 2nd chance points, 24-4

The Magic out-rebounded the Raptors 60-44

DeRozan had a team-high 16 points but was just 6/16 from the floor

Bargnani is now 13/51 FG over his last 3 games

Ike Austin (Miami) is the only player to ever record a “30-20″ game against Toronto (he did it in 1997).  Tonight, Howard finished with 31 points and 19 rebounds.

Joey Dorsey left the game in the 3rd with a possible knee injury.  X-rays were being taken.

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Post-game interview with Magic guard Jameer Nelson:

[audio:http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand/JameerNelson-Fan-20110121.mp3]

 Some of the highlights from the game:

[audio:http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand/RaptorsMagicHighlights-Fan-20110121.mp3]

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The Raptors will hop on a flight to Miami … getting set to face the Heat on Saturday night.  Paul Jones and I will be on the air at 7pm Eastern with the pre game show tomorrow night and we’ll have the tip off just after 730pm.

Have a good one

E. Smith

VLOG 23.1 – ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Friday January 21 2011 – 12:17pm Eastern – Orlando, FL

The long road trip continues tonight for the Raptors as they’re in Orlando getting set to face the Magic.

Toronto has dropped 5 in a row – including 3-straight on this tour – and they’ll be trying to bust out of their funk against the #5 seed in the East.

For more on this game and an update on Linas Kleiza, check out the latest world-famous Sportsnet Radio, The Fan 590 VLOG:

We’ll be on the air at 7pm tonight … tune in!

Have a good one

E. Smith

VLOG 23.0 – ORLANDO, FLORIDA (+ PEJA)

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Thursday January 20 2011 – 6:03pm Eastern – Orlando, FL

ESPN’s Marc Stein ‘broke’ this story earlier but we all had to wait for official confirmation from the Toronto Raptors (and the player’s agent) before ‘going’ with this story …

Peja Stojakovic has been bought-out / released by the Toronto Raptors.

For more on this story and our thoughts … check out the latest world-famous Sportsnet Radio, The Fan 590 VLOG:

I guess we’ll find out shortly how ‘hurt’ Stojakovic truly is or isn’t.  As we’ve talked about – many times – during our Raptors’ radio broadcasts … the sniper’s lingering knee issue smelled fishy.  But without ‘proof’ of the fact that he wasn’t actually ailing, we had to trust the player and the organization and go with the information that was being provided to us.  If Peja signs with another team in a matter of days and is PLAYING with the team in a hurry was well, we’ll know that he duped the fans of Toronto and the Raptors as well.

Let’s hope that hunch is wrong and the man is honest and still has his integrity — especially after the way the Serbian community EMBRACED him.  Heck, as late as last Friday he was being cheered-in like a local hero – with dozens of fans in the stands wearing #16 “STOJAKOVIC” Raptors’ jerseys — during a post-game meet and greet and chat session with Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina following Toronto’s loss to the Pistons.

Anyway …

We’ll be back with more on the next GAME tomorrow … as the Raptors get set to face the Magic.

Have a good one

E. Smith

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For those that are interested, here’s the official press release RE: Stojakovic from the Toronto Raptors media relations staff:

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have released forward Peja Stojakovic. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

“We were clear from the beginning that our trade with New Orleans was made with the future in mind, so a buyout or trade of Peja’s contract was a likely option,” said Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo. “Although he did not fit into our plan of developing our young core talent, I’m sure that Peja will add significantly to any veteran team that signs him.”

Stojakovic was acquired with Jerryd Bayless from New Orleans on November 20. He appeared in two games with Toronto before being sidelined for the past 26 contests with a sore left knee.

The Raptors roster now stands at 14.

A Tale Of Two Halves

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Wednesday January 19 2011 – 10:19pm Central - San Antonio, TX 

Toronto falls to 13-29 on the season, losing to the San Antonio Spurs, 104-95

THE START

Raptors – fell down 10-0 right out of the gate in the opening 2:39 minutes;  stormed back to take the lead at 23-22 after 1
Spurs – were out-scored 23-12 after their 10-0 start to the game;  shot just 30.4% (7/23) in the QRT

AT THE HALF

Raptors – behind 11 points in the QRT (and 20 in the half) from DeMar DeRozan the Raptors led at the half by 11 … 53-42
Spurs – still shooting a woeful 34.9% FG at the break;  Manu Ginobili with 13 points to lead the Spurs at the break;  coughed up 15 PTS off turnovers

AFTER 3

Raptors - held to 6/19 FG in the quarter and got out-scored 33-16 to blow their 11-point halftime lead;  out-rebounded 15-4 in the QRT
Spurs – shot 15/24 FG;  DeJuan Blair had 12 points in the QRT (team-high 20 in the game)

THE FINAL FRAME

Raptors – committed ‘only’ 4 turnovers in the QRT but San Antonio converted on only 1;  Andrea Bargnani scored only 1 FG in the 4th (in the 2nd half!)
Spurs – Manu Ginobili had 10 at the QRT to lead the Spurs to their league-best 36th victory

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ALSO OF NOTE

Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) and Sonny Weems (back) did not travel to San Antonio for this game.  Still nothing from Peja Stojakovic (knee) or Reggie Evans (foot) either.  

Linas Kleiza (knee) was scratched from the line up as well.

San Antonio socres 58 of their 104 points in the paint

The Spurts out-rebounded the Raptors 49-38

Blair had a season-high 22 points (added 10 rebounds as well)

Sundiata Gaines had 10 points in 11 minutes for the Raptors … a 2nd 10-day contract coming?  Hmmm …

DeRozan had a game-high 28 points

Bargnani is now 10/37 FG over his last two games

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Unfortunately, we were not granted a Post-game interview with any member of the Spurs.  But check out some of the highlights from the game:

[audio://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand/highlights-gb-20110119.mp3]

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The Raptors will hop on a flight to Orlando … getting set to face the Magic on Friday night.  Paul Jones and I will be on the air at 7pm Eastern with the tip off.

Have a good one

E. Smith

VLOG 22.1 – SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Wednesday January 19 2011 – 12:10pm Central – San Antonio, TX

We’re back with our 2nd straight VLOG from San Antonio … this time from the famous Riverwalk!

For the latest on Toronto’s injuries and more storylines for tonight’s tip-off, check out the latest installment:

Be sure to come back to this blog and/or our Twitter feeds (@Eric__Smith and @Paul__Jones) for the latest on Linas Kleiza and more as the tip approaches.

We’re on the air at 8pm Eastern with the pre-game show and we’ll have the Spurs and Raptors just after 830pm (ignore what Jonesy said RE: “7pm” … he was talking about the local time in San Antonio).

Have a good one

E. Smith

VLOG 22.0 – SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Tuesday January 18 2011 – 4:26pm Central – San Antonio, Texas

The Raptors flew from New Orleans to San Antonio yesterday evening … following their loss to the Hornets.

Jay Triano and Co. practiced in The Alamo city today as Toronto prepares for the Spurs tomorrow evening.

Linas Kleiza and Andrea Bargnani were a no-go today and Jose Calderon was limited … but Jerryd Bayless did suit-up, so hopefully that means he’s able to play tomorrow night.  We’ll see.

For more on those injuries and some insight on the Raptors and life on the road in general — plus a look around the NBA — check out the latest VLOG:

Well, turns out I didn’t have to slouch!  Now I just look like a slob … hunched over in this VLOG.  Ah well!

Have a good one folks.

We’ll be back with another VLOG tomorrow … getting you set for the Spurs and Raptors.  Tip off at 830pm Eastern and the pre game on Sportsnet Radio, The FAN 590 at 800pm

E. Smith

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