Raptors at Cavaliers, game-day Dino-bytes
Our post-shootaround update for tonight’s Raptors-Cavaliers game.
TORONTO (23-34) at CLEVELAND (19-38)
Quicken Loans Arena
TIPOFF 7 p.m.
TV: Sportsnet; RADIO: FAN590
WEB: Oh, yes, we will be here for the hilarity and insight of the in-game blog just before 7 p.m.
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas; Cleveland: Shaun Livingston, Dion Waiters, Alonzo Gee, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller.
Key backups tonight
Toronto: Alan Anderson (hot one night, cool the next; need him hot), John Lucas (back PG is shooting the lights out); Cleveland: Luke Walton (savvy vet calms things downs), Marreese Speights (tough big man has been playing well)
Each team has won on the road, the Raptors easily in Cleveland and the Cavs got a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Kyrie Irving to win at the Air Canada Centre. One more game left in the season series after this one.
All time, Toronto is 14-19 in Cleveland.
What happened this morning?
Getting the message
To suggest that Dwane Casey was miffed about his team’s focus on Monday is a vast understatement and he hammered that point home Tuesday at practice and this morning at shootaround.
“The only thing we can do is talk about it, you can’t hit them in the head with a baseball bat,” he said, wishing probably that he could hit them over the head with a baseball bat. “If Monday night wasn’t enough of a reminder of what happens when you don’t approach the game (correctly) I don’t know what will.”
So it remains to be seen how they come out tonight.
“A lot of our guys understand what’s at stake, we’ve been knocked down we’ve been 4-19 and we fought back by being hungry and there’s no reason we should come in and say, ‘ok, let’s coast two quarters and play for two,’” he said. “I don’t expect that, I expect our guys to bounce back.”
The Kyrie tale
No official word on Kyrie Irving, who sat out Tuesday’s Cleveland win in Chicago and is listed as day-to-day, as if we all weren’t anyway.
My friend Mary has this in the Plain Dealer this morning that makes it sound like he probably won’t go.
A number from the other team
After putting up 26 on Heat & 25 on Bulls, Cleveland rookie Dion Waiters is averaging 15 points per game on 52 per cent shooting from the field this month.
Tonight’s men in charge are JT Orr, Leroy Richardson and
Tony Brothers. No clue if they’ll be any good or not, I’m presuming they’ll have their moments.
No one has the flu, or flu-like symptoms so it’s going to be the same lineup for Toronto as it was on Monday, meaning Mickael Pietrus and Linas Kleiza should be on the inactive list with Sebastian Telfair in uniform.
One last number
That’s the number of points both Alan Anderson and Amir Johnson are averaging against the Cavaliers this season.