Raptors at Thunder game-day Dino-bytes
TORONTO at OKLAHOMA CITY
TIPOFF: 8 p.m.
TV: TSN; RADIO: FAN590
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas; Oklahoma City: Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins.
Key backups tonight:
Toronto: Alan Anderson, Ed Davis; Oklahoma City: Kevin Martin, Nick Collison.
What happened this morning
Much concern over Oklahoma’s mood coming into the game after the Thunder faltered in the second half and lost at home on Sunday.
Dwane Casey brought out a stat that says the Thunder are 36-4 following losses and here’s one for you:
The last time the Thunder lost two games uninterrupted at home (not a home loss followed by a road game followed by another home loss) was Nov 1-3, 2009. That’s a long time ago.
In case you care, or know one of these guys, the officials for tonight are Ron Garretson, Brian Forte, Eric Dalen. The league provides refereeing assignments each morning for that night’s game.
As Darnell Mayberry in the local paper points out, there’s even more incentive for the loudest fans in the NBA should be cheering even more loudly against the Raptors.
A future Thunder draft pick rides on the Raptors having a bad season.
Here’s a pertinent quote, given the way games have started this season:
"We can't be in cruise mode at the start of games. It shouldn't have gone back and forth. We're a defensive team and we just can't have that many breakdowns in a game, we just can't.”
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant after the Thunder started Sunday’s loss slowly.
The only Raptor we spoke with at length this morning was Kyle Lowry and, yes, he did vote through an absentee ballot.
Dwane Casey, who also cast his ballot, said he hadn’t polled the players but he figures a majority of those eligible got their voting job done.
Raptors lost here last season in the only 2011-12 meeting between the teams and are 4-12 on the road against this franchise. That includes the time the club was in Seattle, too.