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Legends66NBA7 01-26-2013 06:50 PM

OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/cava...9612--nba.html

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After dropping three of four very winnable games, the Toronto Raptors saw their hard work pay off last time out.

Coach Dwane Casey believes his last-place team still has a chance to get back into contention with similar efforts going forward.

The Raptors look for their momentum to carry over Saturday night as they go for a seventh win in nine matchups against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.

Toronto (16-27) entered Thursday's game at Orlando mired in a 1-5 skid, with the last three of those losses each going to overtime. The Raptors nearly found themselves in another extra session before DeMar DeRozan made a game-winning fadeaway jumper as time expired, giving Toronto a 97-95 victory and a four-game season sweep.

"It does a lot," DeRozan, who finished with 22 points, said of the win. "Especially going back home, get ready to play Saturday. It does a lot for us. We understand we've been playing well for the last couple games, and we're just trying to get better, to get W's."

While Toronto surrendered an average of 102.6 points in winning just four of its first 23 games, it's since yielded 96.5 in going 12-8. The Raptors still have a ways to go if they hope to contend, sitting four games back of Boston for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, but they appear to be headed in the right direction.

"Down the stretch everybody's questioned our toughness and how tough we are," Casey said. "I've seen resolve and toughness the last couple of weeks. And for anybody who doesn't feel like we're in this to win it, they are totally wrong.

"These guys are competing their butts off, have been every game. Whether it's my fault, or whoever's fault it is, they have been competing. That's one thing you can't question."

The Raptors have more than held their own in this series of late, allowing 91.8 points per game during their 6-2 run. Jose Calderon scored a season-high 23 on 10-of-15 shooting as Toronto pulled out a 113-99 road win over Cleveland on Dec. 18.

Sitting at the bottom of the Central Division, the Cavaliers (12-32) have also picked up the pace of late. Cleveland shot a season-high 52.3 percent and erased a 20-point, third-quarter deficit in Friday's 113-108 win over Milwaukee, its third victory in four games.

Kyrie Irving, who had 40 points three nights earlier in a 95-90 win over Boston, scored 35 against the Bucks.

"He's a hell of a young player," coach Byron Scott said of Irving, the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. "When we drafted him we knew that."

Named Thursday as a reserve in next month's All-Star game, Irving is averaging 31.0 points and shooting 56.5 percent over his last four contests, a stretch during which he's made all 22 of his free-throw attempts.

"The second half (of the season) is real important for us. The wins, that's the main attitude right now, is just getting wins," said Irving, who scored 23 against the Raptors in December.

"These last couple games have been fun, and I've said it to the guys multiple times, even in practice, our whole moral, we just know when to be focused and when it's time to dial in."

Marreese Speights, acquired from Memphis in a four-player trade Tuesday, had 10 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench in his team debut.

"That's the great thing about him. ... Mo really did a heck of a job of communicating and talking tonight, and that's something I didn't know about him," Scott said.

Game Link: http://www.firstrow1.eu/watch/165519...cavaliers.html

RedBlackAttack 01-26-2013 06:57 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
Kyrie has struggled with the Raptors over the course of his first year and a half in the league.

In four games, he's shooting just 33% from the floor and 27% from 3. Those are the worst shooting numbers he has against any one team.

SHEED_ gangsta 01-26-2013 07:08 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
Should be a fun one! Kyrie vs Jose, Tristan Thompson back in his hometown DD fresh off his game winner ect. I think this one will be close till the end getting up tot he mid 90s Raptors will get the dub.

RedBlackAttack 01-26-2013 07:11 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
Luke Walton is out. Chalk up the loss? :confusedshrug:

chips93 01-26-2013 07:16 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
this looks even more ridiculous as i type it, but is it just me, or has luke been decent the last few games. by decent i mean, not the worst player on the floor at any given time.

he hasnt gotten abused on defense as much, hes hit a jumper or two, and the ball definitely moves better when hes out there. he and livingston had the ball moving really well, for the second unit last night.

RedBlackAttack 01-26-2013 07:21 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
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Originally Posted by chips93
this looks even more ridiculous as i type it, but is it just me, or has luke been decent the last few games. by decent i mean, not the worst player on the floor at any given time.

he hasnt gotten abused on defense as much, hes hit a jumper or two, and the ball definitely moves better when hes out there. he and livingston had the ball moving really well, for the second unit last night.

Yeah, I kid with the guy, but he has looked semi-rejuvinated in the last few weeks. Obviously, he isn't the player he used to be (despite the jokes, there was a time when he was a nice role player), but he has been hustling his @ss off and setting a good example for the young guys.

Early on, Tristan and Waiters both looking nice. I love how Dion has been running under the radar. Guy has been playing really well lately.

RedBlackAttack 01-26-2013 07:25 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
Zeller is seriously lacking in confidence right now. I think it would be a good time to start bringing him off the bench, especially with the reinforcements we have gotten from Memphis.

He needs a jumpstart.

RedBlackAttack 01-26-2013 07:36 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
Man... Speights is silky smooth from 17+ feet. I have a feeling I'm really going to like this guy's game.

red1 01-26-2013 08:31 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
f*ck I gotta catch the highlights for this one, its a shame I cant watch it

RedBlackAttack 01-26-2013 08:47 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
Kyrie going off in the 3rd quarter again. Dion's foul issues have really hurt tonight, though.

madmax 01-26-2013 08:53 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
LOL, Lowry just owned Irving big time:lol

RedBlackAttack 01-26-2013 08:54 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
Boobie Gibson has got to be the most fragile player in the league.

SHEED_ gangsta 01-26-2013 08:55 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
A Garbojosa sighting!! miss that dude man:bowdown: definition of hustle and grit.

Legends66NBA7 01-26-2013 08:56 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
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Originally Posted by SHEED_ gangsta
A Garbojosa sighting!! miss that dude man:bowdown: definition of hustle and grit.


Same.

Should have never gone for that foul on Al Jefferson.

RedBlackAttack 01-26-2013 08:57 PM

Re: OGT: Jan 26 Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) vs Toronto Raptors (16-27)
 
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Originally Posted by madmax
LOL, Lowry just owned Irving big time:lol

One major risk when you try to dribble through an opponent's legs... He sticks his hand out and steals the ball.

Not sure what Kyrie was thinking, there. This is the NBA.


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