Raptors at Mavericks game-day Dino-bytes
TORONTO at DALLAS
TIPOFF: 8:30 p.m.
TV: TSN; RADIO: FAN590
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas; Dallas: O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison, Jae Crowder, Troy Murphy, Brandan Wright.
Key backups tonight:
Toronto: John Lucas III, Amir Johnson; Dallas: Vince Carter, Chris Kaman.
What happened this morning
Raptors didn’t have an official shootaround off a back-to-back but as visiting reporters were finishing up a chat with Vince Carter just before noon, Jose Calderon wandered into the American Airlines Center to get up some shots.
A distinct lack of marquee names.
Kyle Lowry is listed as “doubtful” after spraining his right ankle Tuesday in Oklahoma City; Dirk Nowitzki has been out all season for Dallas, Shawn Marion’s on the shelf with a sprained ligament in his left knee and Elton Brand is gone to be with his wife as she gives birth to a child.
There will be some recognizable names, promise.
An unkind place
Toronto is just 3-13 all time at Dallas, but that includes time at the old Reunion Arena, too.
Terrence Ross might be the beneficiary of Kyle Lowry’s injury, especially if Lowry misses more than a couple of games.
Jose Calderon was the de facto backup shooting guard for the first couple of games because Ross simply wasn’t ready and we defy anyone who saw his deer-in-the-headlights Opening Night run to disagree.
But now that Calderon’s a starter – and Ross looked much more comfortable in Tuesday’s Oklahoma City debacle – there may be more consistent minutes for the rookie.
Dwane Casey alluded to Ross looking a bit tuckered out during his extended time in OKC but the kid is just going to have to play through it and get more comfortable on the court.
One defensive stat Dwane Casey is often bringing up is field goal percentage allowed.
Well, chew on this:
The Mavs have shot better than 60 per cent from the floor in their last two games.