Grizzlies at Raptors game-day Dino-bytes
The usual game-day update for tonight’s Raptors-Grizzlies game.
MEMPHIS (34-18) at TORONTO (22-32)
Air Canada Centre
TIPOFF: 7 p.m.
TV: Sportsnet; RADIO: FAN590
WEB: The usual frivolity of an in-game blog kicks off shortly before 7 p.m. Join in, it’s fun.
Memphis: Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol; Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas.
Key backups tonight
Memphis: Ed Davis (barely plays but he’s coming “home”), Jerryd Bayless (another ex-Raptor comes back to say hello); Toronto: Andrea Bargnani (what does he have in store tonight), Alan Anderson (had tough shooting night in Washington)
Memphis leads, 1-0
Rudy Gay – yes, him – had a quiet night with just 14 points but Memphis rolled to a 103-82 win on the strength of a 33-14 third quarter blitz.
Memphis leads the all-time series 20-14 and has won the last three games at the Air Canada Centre.
What happened this morning?
With both teams on a back-to-back, and beat guys travelling back from Washington, there were no shootarounds and no news.
Dwane Casey was probably sitting around trying to devise ways around the Memphis defence, which is rock solid, physical and tough.
“They play playoff basketball all the time,” the Raptors coach said.
The game could look a lot like the street fight the Raptors got into with Indiana a week ago, except the Grizzlies have more talent.
Welcome back, Boss
Ed Davis has had little impact on Memphis after being traded there; he barely plays thanks to the presence of Gasol, Randolph and Darrell Arthur.
However, he did have his biggest game with the Grizzlies Tuesday in Detroit, with 14 points and four blocked shots in almost 22 minutes.
Ten of those points came in the final quarter when the game was well out of hand.
Probably unimportant stat, No. 1
Toronto is 7-5 in the second game of a back-to-back.
Scott Wall, Zach Zarba and Marat Kogut will try not to become the story tonight as they toot whistles.
What’s up in Memphis?
Here is the game story from last night’s win in Detroit.
A magic number
Did you see that the Raptors have allowed 88 points in each of the last two games. By my math, that’s an average of 88 points per game.
And there are 88 keys on a piano.
Probably unimportant stat, No. 2
Toronto is 12-0 when holding opponents below 90 points.