Raptors at Hawks, game-day Dino-bytes
The usual post-shootaround look at tonight’s Raptors game.
TOROTO (1-0) at ATLANTA (0-1)
7:30 p.m., Phillips Arena
TV: Sportsnet One
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas; Atlanta: Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Demarre Carroll, Paul Millsap, Al Horford.
Johnson vs. Millsap
The recent Hawk addition is a difficult matchup, he’s equally adept at picking and popping as he is working inside; coach Dwane Casey said Friday morning that he’ll use a handful of different defenders on him.
What happened this morning
Much chagrin, deserved, over Toronto’s propensity for turnovers on Wednesday night against Boston, particularly the five from DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay.
Casey spoke at length about the need to clean that up and chalked it up in part to a simple lack of concentration once the Raptors got way ahead.
He said a lot of time was spent watching video and pointing out the lapses in the hopes that the players somehow get it.
The decision to have Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray on the inactive list for Wednesday’s game was in part due to the way Boston likes to use a variety of stretch fours without a lot of true big men.
Casey said Toronto will usually pick its inactive list residents (two players cannot dress each game) in response to what kind of roster the other team employs.
With Atlanta having Horford and Millsap and bringing veteran Elton Brand off the bench, it could be that Acy or Gray gets the nod to dress tonight and one of Dwight Buycks or Julyan Stone gets to watch in street clothes.
Esoteric stat of the day
Not that it matters but the 2012-13 season ended with five straight wins, the victory over Boston on Wednesday made it six in a row and the last time a Toronto team won seven straight was March 22-April 9, 2002, as part of franchise-record nine-game winning streak.
Joining the club
Amir Johnson will play in his 301st game with the Raptors tonight. When he got to 300 on Wednesday, he became the 10th player in franchise history to reach that plateau.
Who’s in charge
It’s Tom Washington, Sean Corbin and Lauren Holtkamp doing the officiating tonight.
Yes, Holtkamp is one of two new female officials this year, and who cares, right? Right.
The Raptors are 14-20 in Atlanta all time and overall the Hawks hold a 39-28 all-time advantage.
Philips Arena is actually the third Atlanta location where the teams have played. Way back in the day before Philips was built, they played games at the Georgia Dome and the arena at Georgia Tech.
No, we don’t have the breakdown of results in each location.
A streak of note
Atlanta’s Kyle Korver made a three-pointer in Wednesday’s loss in Dallas which made it 74 games in a row that he’s had at least one basket from beyond the arc.
That’s the fourth longest streak in NBA history; No. 1 is Dana Barros (89), No. 2. is Michael Adams (79) and No. 3 is Dennis Scott (78).