Raptors at Grizzlies game-day Dino-bytes
TORONTO (3-12) at MEMPHIS (10-2)
TIPOFF: 8 p.m.
TV: Sportsnet; RADIO: FAN590
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Dom McGuire, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas; Memphis: Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol.
Key backups tonight
Toronto: Terrence Ross (can he bring the same game two nights in a row), Amir Johnson (tough front line for Grizzlies a tough matchup); Memphis: Jerry Bayless (Conley’s been sick, ex-Raptor important), Marreese Speights (big man plays solid role).
First meeting of the season, Toronto won 114-110 in overtime here last season and won 120-106 in the pre-season last month.
What happened this morning
They slept, I flew
Raptors did the usual and took the morning off on a back-to-back; it’s not at all unusual, they would have walked through some Memphis stuff at the team hotel during the day.
Plus, they were here to end the pre-season and Memphis has been scouted extensively, it’s not like there are any surprises in store.
Talk is cheap, but entertaining
Former Raptor Jerryd Bayless kept up a steady stream of conversation with the Raptors bench, and Kyle Lowry, during a pre-season game. It wasn’t malicious but it was, um, chatty and it might be something to pay attention to tonight.
Bayless averages 7.4 points and 3.0 assists per game in about 17 minutes a game.
Esoteric stats of the day
Toronto is 0-11 this season when trailing at halftime, the Raptors are 0-6 when they’re behind after the first quarter. Puts those fourth quarter losses in some kind of perspective, doesn’t it?
Maybe game are won and lost early.
For what it’s worth
Tom Washington, Leon Wood and Karl Lane will be blowing the whistles tonight.
Much was made on how seamlessly Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay would mesh in the Memphis offence. They seem to be getting along swimmingly.
Memphis has four players – Randolph, Gay, Conley and Gasol – averaging at least 14 points per game.