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Old 12-10-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Arrow OGT: Dec 10 Toronto Raptors (4-17) vs Portland Trail Blazers (8-12)

Toronto Raptors Starting Lineup

PG - Kyle Lowry
SG - DeMar DeRozan
SF - Linas Klieza
PF - Andrea Bargnani
C - Jonas Valaciunas

Portland Trail Blazers Starting Lineup

PG - Damian Lillard
SG - Wesley Matthews
SF - Luke Babbitt
PF - LaMarcus Aldridge
C - J.J. Hickson

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/rapt...0978--nba.html

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The Portland Trail Blazers' lack of depth has been one of their major downfalls this season, which doesn't bode well with Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews nursing injuries.

There's a possibility neither will play Monday night as Portland seeks an eighth straight victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors, who have lost an NBA-high 13 road games.

After a 2-5 road trip, Portland (8-12) returned home and fell 99-80 to Sacramento on Saturday, shooting 38.7 percent and committing 19 turnovers. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 17 points and added 10 rebounds while J.J. Hickson added 14 points and 15 boards.

"We didn't have a lot of energy and they just outplayed us and beat us," said rookie Damian Lillard, who had 12 points.

Batum scored five points in 17 minutes, but he was clearly bothered by a nagging back strain. Making matters worse, Matthews suffered a left hip contusion and flexor strain in the second half.

After the team's Sunday practice, Batum said he doubted he would be able to play Monday and Matthews wasn't sure the limited improvement of his hip would be enough to be in the lineup.

"You just hope that they're OK. You don't need those two guys out for any time," said Aldridge, who scored 33 points and grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds in a 94-84 win over Toronto in the most recent meeting Jan. 20. "You don't want those guys to have anything serious wrong with them."

That's especially true for a Blazers team that is by far the worst in the league on the bench, getting only 14.9 points from its reserves. Portland's bench hasn't outscored the opposition's once this season.

Lillard said playing without Batum or Matthews -- possibly both -- puts more pressure on the rest of the regular starters.

"When you have Nic and Wes on the wing, teams have to honor their ability to knock down 3s and their ability to get in the paint and make plays for other guys," Lillard said. "When they went down, it was kind of like every time I got in the paint more attention was on me without them on the floor. Of course it was tough."

The Blazers had won their previous three at home prior to Saturday's defeat. They'll look to get back on track against the struggling Raptors, who have lost the first four of their five-game road trip and fell to 1-13 away from home with a 102-83 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Toronto (4-17), which has dropped 10 of 11 overall, was outscored 25-10 in the fourth quarter.

"It came out of nowhere," said DeMar DeRozan, who scored a game-high 24 points. "We just didn't score and we couldn't get any stops, and they took advantage of it."

General manager Bryan Colangelo met one-on-one with many of the team's players and coaches Saturday night trying to figure out the team's struggles, but nothing helped prevent the Raptors from falling to 0-13 when giving up more than 100 points.

They rank only ahead of Houston defensively, allowing 103.5 per game.

"I thought our defense was on par in the first half until the middle part of the third quarter, when I thought it went south," coach Dwane Casey said. "You've got to do it for 48 minutes."

Aldridge has averaged 28.5 points and 13.8 rebounds in the last four meetings with Toronto, which has lost eight of its last nine trips to Portland.

Game Link: http://www.thefirstrow.eu/watch/1582...o-raptors.html
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: OGT: Dec 10 Toronto Raptors (4-17) vs Portland Trail Blazers (8-12)

Get a fukcin rebound Bargnani.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:58 PM   #3
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Get a fukcin rebound Bargnani.
He will, he might even grab two just to shut the haters up.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:15 PM   #4
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Finally a basket by the Raptors!
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:17 PM   #5
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This game is crucial to the future of the Raptors. With all the bad losses lately, the media storm and players looking genuinely frustrating and unhappy, this will be a big factor for what happens to the Raptors going forward.

Portland needs to blow the Raptors out of the fucking arena tonight. An embarassing 25-30 point loss is exactly what this team needs to finally make changes at the top of the organization.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:21 PM   #6
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This game is crucial to the future of the Raptors. With all the bad losses lately, the media storm and players looking genuinely frustrating and unhappy, this will be a big factor for what happens to the Raptors going forward.

Portland needs to blow the Raptors out of the fucking arena tonight. An embarassing 25-30 point loss is exactly what this team needs to finally make changes at the top of the organization.

While I'm hoping the loss is not that bad, I do hope they lose and I completely understand where your coming from. However, I can't see anything good coming from our bad record as BC wont get fired and any trade he makes is only going to screw our future even more.
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Bargnani finally goes hard at the rim for once, and he injures himself.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:27 PM   #8
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Bargnani with an apparent elbow injury. This will be excuse #78 as to why Bargnani didn't perform well this year.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:29 PM   #9
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No Batum or Mathews tonight?
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:29 PM   #10
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Lets go Blazers
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:53 PM   #11
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At least Ed Davis will finally get some minutes!
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I wish Terrence Ross could at least show that he can do one thing well consistently. Just one.
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I wish Terrence Ross could at least show that he can do one thing well consistently. Just one.
He has been consistently creating his own shot of the dribble.. he just hasn't been making them.
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good to see Ed Davis and DeRozan came to play
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He has been consistently creating his own shot of the dribble.. he just hasn't been making them.

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