Sunday, January 13, 2013
1:00 PM ET - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Sunday, January 13, 2013
1:00 PM ET - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Over or under? This thread gets past the 1st page.
Not sure why you don't just make 1 game thread for the whole season.
Last edited by Tmath; 01-13-2013 at 12:48 AM.
http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/prev...oronto-raptorsAfter a terrible start, the Toronto Raptors seem to be turning their season around.
They'll try to notch their third three-game win streak of the season on Sunday in a matchup against a Milwaukee Bucks team they've struggled against recently.
The Raptors (14-22) started the season 4-19 but Friday's 99-78 rout of visiting Charlotte was their 10th win in 13 games. The turnaround began two games after they lost starting forward Andrea Bargnani (16.0 points per game) indefinitely to a torn elbow ligament in a Dec. 10 loss at Portland.
Without Bargnani, Toronto has seemingly discovered better offensive balance. Four others are averaging 10.3 ppg or more, with DeMar DeRozan leading the way at 17.8. Seven different players have been the Raptors' top scorer at least once over the last 13 games. Alan Anderson filled that role with 16 off the bench in Friday's victory while three others scored at least 12.
Toronto is averaging 99.0 points over its last 13 games compared to 95.2 in its first 23 contests. The Raptors also are averaging 5.3 more assists in those 13 games.
"Everybody was looking for the open guy," said Jose Calderon, who had 15 points and six assists. "Sharing is fun when you do that. It was great to see everybody scoring and moving the ball."
An improved defense has also contributed to the team's recent success. The Raptors have allowed 90.2 ppg during their 10-3 surge after previously giving up 102.6. They're 8-0 when holding opponents below 90, which has happened five times during that span.
Toronto will likely need to continue that strong defense as it attempts to end a four-game home losing streak to Milwaukee and win for only the third time in the last 14 meetings overall.
The Bucks (18-17) suffered their first loss in three games under interim coach Jim Boylan, 103-87 to Detroit on Friday. Boylan took over after Scott Skiles and Milwaukee mutually agreed to part ways on Monday.
Playing their third game in four nights, the Bucks were outscored 33-11 in the third quarter. They shot 39.6 percent from the field and a season-worst 1 of 16 (6.3 percent) from 3-point range.
"It seemed like our legs got a little heavy in the third quarter," Boylan said. "Pretty evident by the fact that we missed a lot of open, good looks that we had throughout the game."
At least one thing has remained consistent for Milwaukee: Larry Sanders' defense. Sanders has blocked at least one shot in 22 straight games and leads the NBA at 3.3 per contest.
Toronto got rookie Terrence Ross back on Friday after he missed the previous game with a sore left ankle. Meanwhile, Amir Johnson continues to play through an ankle injury. Averaging 8.6 ppg this season, Johnson has scored 13 or more in four of his last five.
"He brings it every night," coach Dwane Casey said. "Most guys with an ankle like his would be out for two or three months. He's a warrior. He's the heart and soul of our team."
Boylan would surely like to get more out of leading scorer Monta Ellis (18.9), who has averaged 13.3 points on 17-of-45 shooting since the coaching change.
http://www.brewhoop.com/2013/1/12/38...ainst-improvedRaptor update. Don't be thrown off by the Raps' place in the standings. Since starting 4-19, the Raptors have won 10 of 13 games while averaging 110 pts/100 possessions and allowing just 100 pts/100, though it's probably worth noting that only two of those teams were over .500 (Portland and Houston) and their schedule has been decidedly home-heavy of late. Either way they're playing better ball than the Bucks right now, and it's mainly because of their depth. Jose Calderon might be overpaid, but he's also been efficient enough (18.9 PER, 57.8% true shooting) to keep Kyle Lowry coming off the bench--which is damn impressive when you consider Lowry is putting up the best numbers of his career. Acquired from Houston back in June, Lowry is playing 29 mpg and putting up career-highs in PER (21.4), true shooting (57.8%) and WS/48, giving the Raptors the best one-two punch of point guards this side of Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe.
The Raptors come into the game off back-to-back home blowouts over the Sixers and Bobcats, the latter featuring major contributions from rookie Quincy Acy and another highlight reel dunk from lottery pick Terrence Ross. Up front, Amir Johnson and Ed Davis have deputized quite nicely for Bargnani and space-eating (in a good way) rookie Jonas Valanciunas (broken finger on December 27, out 4-6 weeks), though the injuries leave Toronto with only one traditional big man (Aaron Gray) off the bench.
The Bucks are...the Bucks. At this point it seems like the Bucks only play well in order to make stinkers like Friday night's home loss to the Pistons that much more agonizing. The Bucks led by eight at halftime before suffering another third quarter meltdown, with Greg Monroe and the Pistons dominating Milwaukee's front line in a 33-11 . After the game Jim Boylan suggested the Bucks may have had heavy legs from playing three games in four nights, but it's tough to accept that as much of an excuse given the day off they had Thursday. Then again, it's nothing we haven't seen before. The Bucks haven't shown much backbone defending their homecourt all season, all the while showing a worrying tendency to play up or down to their competition.
That doesn't mean they're looking forward to a four-game road trip of course. The Bucks face Toronto before heading West for games against the Lakers, Suns and Blazers, marking Milwaukee's first Western trip of the season. The bad news is that the Bucks normally don't fare so well on the left coast; the good news is that only one of those teams is currently in the playoff picture--the 7th seeded Blazers.
Lamb to the D-League. Rookie Doron Lamb is about to be getting a big bump in minutes--it just won't be in the NBA. The Bucks assigned Lamb to the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Saturday, and he should see his first action on Wednesday. The John Hammond-era Bucks have been notoriously loathe to make use of the D-League, generally preferring to keep youngsters practicing with the big club rather than getting them regular minutes in Fort Wayne. You could certainly argue that guys like Tobias Harris and Lamb would be better served at times getting real minutes rather than just sitting on the bench, and at least Lamb will get a chance to do just that. Larry Sanders is the only current Buck to have seen any burn in Fort Wayne, and even that was only for a couple games two years ago.
Hopefully we can get back on track today.
" Failure is only defined by someone's perception of what failing is."-His Airness
I liked the trade proposal a fan said over the phone to Sparky during post game show of Bucks win over Bulls.
Bucks send Ellis,Dunleavy to Grizzlies. Grizzlies send Gay,Shelby to Raptors, Bucks get Ross and Calderon. Even though the first thing I thought of other then nice trade for us. I don't see Raptors parting with Ross this early in his career. Even though they gave a hefty new deals to DeRozan and Fields.
Last edited by MILLERHIGHLIFE; 01-13-2013 at 11:10 AM.
Why is Moute jacking up deep shots?
Raptors started out hot now cooled off.
11-0 run by the bucks bench.
Mike D for 3! Awesome come back.
Henson with left hand hook shot! Was nice!
Henson must have about 6 points already.