Bobcats at Raptors, game-day Dino-bytes
The usual game-day update for this evening’s Bobcat-Raptors game.
CHARLOTTE (14-50) at TORONTO (25-40)
Air Canada Centre
TIPOFF: 7 p.m.
TV: TSN; RADIO: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
WEB: The usual fun of an in-game blog should commence right before 7 p.m.
Charlotte: Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Josh McRoberts, Bismack Biyombo; Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas.
Key backups tonight
Charlotte: Ben Gordon (top scorer off the bench), Brendan Haywood (capable veteran big man); Toronto: Terrence Ross (gets to play against other young players), Landry Fields (can disrupt a game with his defence).
The first of two league-issued mea culpas came when the Raptors lost in Charlotte and refs admitted blowing late call on non-foul; Toronto then won easily at home.
All-time the Raptors are 9-6 at home and have won two straight.
When happened this morning?
Not an awful lot
One of us had to take shootaround off to deal with some stuff but the reports from people that were there suggests there was little or no news.
On the injury front, as we’ve said, Rudy Gay went through practice yesterday with no issues for his bad back and should be ready to go.
Because it’s that time of year around here …
Chatter comes to playing rookies and developing players and teaching instead of preparing for the playoffs.
It is forever thus, and Dwane Casey isn’t going to let his young players hang out there making repeated mistakes, he said.
“They’re going to play but it’s going to be teaching, coaching instead of just giving playing time because at the end of the day, we do them a disservice to leave them out there to make m mistakes and get away with it.”
Stat pack, 1
DeMar DeRozan shoots a career-best 84 per cent from the free throw line and is seventh in the league in makes (293) and 10th in attempts (350).
What’s up with Charlotte?
Well, a 26-point blowout win over Boston on Tuesday was pretty cool.
Not an awful lot but as Rick Bonnell tells us here, they do have a new body around.
Because you care
Jason Phillips, Kevin Fehr and Josh Tivens are in charge of calls and non-calls tonight. Yes, they will be ridiculed at times.
Stat pack, 2
A bit hot. Just a bit.
In his last four games, Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 10.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and is shooting almost 60 per cent from the field.