Raptors at Nuggets, game-day Dino-bytes
TORONTO (4-13) at DENVER (8-9)
TIPOFF: 9 p.m.
TV: TSN2; RADIO: FAN590
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Linas Kleiza, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas; Denver: Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Kosta Koufos.
Key backups tonight
Toronto: Ed Davis (will have to match Faried’s quickness and rebounding), Terrence Ross (his three-point shooting could be huge); Denver: JaVale McGhee (mercurial big man has potential to score), Jordan Hamilton (shooting almost 40 per cent from three-point range).
What happened this morning
Maybe a change forced upon them
Linas Kleiza was a no-go at the shootaround this morning because of a sore hip.
They’ll re-evaluate him tonight and if he can’t go, Mickael Pietrus will move into the starting lineup.
It’s going to be interesting in another couple of weeks when Alan Anderson and Landry Fields get healthy and they have a glut of small forwards to deal with.
First game of year between the teams; Toronto has lost eight straight at the Pepsi Center.
Yes, it was Dec. 30, 2003 that the Raptors last one a game in Denver.
Check out the boxscore from that one and see what names jump out at you.
Yes, that is the one and only Lonny Baxter who shows up.
What they’re reading
So, how about those Nuggets, Dwane Casey?
“They’re a typical George Karl team. They play fast, they’re small, aggressive, they play hard every possession and his style fits Denver, the altitude and all that stuff.”
Kind of like every Denver team?
“That’s been the history, whoever’s been the coach here and his team fits that style of play. He was that way in Seattle when we were there, play fast, play up tempo, defensively they do a lot of different things.”
Odd stat of the day
Courtesy of the Raptors crack PR staff:
Lowry and DeRozan have combined for 10 or more rebounds in six games this season, including three of the last four. Together, they rank first in the Eastern Conference in total rebounds by a starting backcourt.
Not sure what that’s worth but …
A team of streaks
So far this season, Denver has won three then lost seven, won four then lost three, won four and have currently lost three in a row.
The guys with the whistles are ..
James Capers, Olandis Poole and Sean Wright.