Mavericks at Raptors, game-day Dino-bytes
DALLAS (11-11) vs. TORONTO (4-19)
Air Canada Centre
TIPOFF: 7 p.m.
TV: TSN; RADIO: FAN590
Dallas: Derek Fisher, O.J. Mayo, Dahntay Shawn Marion, Chris Kaman; Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Mickael Pietrus, Ed Davis, Jonas Valanciunas.
Key backups tonight
Dallas: Vince Carter (remember him?), Darren Collison (was a starter until Fisher’s arrival); Toronto: Amir Johnson (refreshed after one-game absence), John Lucas III (has to run offence efficiently).
Dallas 109, Toronto 104, Nov. 7 at Dallas
Mavs had a big lead and let Toronto back in the game, just not back far enough. Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo got Toronto with 22 points each.
All-time, the Raptors are 10-22 versus the Mavs and 7-8 in Toronto.
What happened this morning
A bit of good news
Hardly earth-shattering but Alan Anderson’s got the nod to play with no minutes limitations. He’ll come off the bench but should get substantial playing time.
“I wouldn’t have come back if I was limited in anything,” he said. “I’m full go to.”
First chance to speak with Amir Johnson since the league suspended him for that untimely mouthpiece toss Monday in Portland and he was as contrite as you’d expect.
“It was hard, letting your teammates down,” he said, before telling us he’s apologized to the other Raptors.
For those who care, Bill Kennedy, Bennie Adams and Karl Lane are in charge of this evening’s festivities.
We will be among greatness tonight.
There’s a suggestion that Arvydas Sabonis, one of the truly great players ever, will be in the building. He’s here checking out his countrymen Jonas Valanciunas and Linas Kleiza in his role as chief of the Lithuanian basketball federation.
Vince says hi. We’ll have more on him here later on this afternoon.
Since we asked …
Rick Carlisle knows a thing or two about Dwane Casey and he knows a thing or two about the NBA so it was logical to query him on the state of the Raptors, wasn’t it?
“Case is a great coach and he’s a champion. I’m sure they’ll stay the course. They’ve got a young team and they’re beat up with a lot of injuries.
“They’re extremely dangerous, they had Brooklyn down 15 points in the game the other night.
“This franchise is a lot healthier than it may appear from a won-loss record. They’ve got a great young coach, they’ve got one of the best GMs in the league.
“You asked me my opinion; that’s my opinion.”