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Morning Coffee: December 19th Edition

Calderon leads Raptors to first road win in 11 games | National Post

“At some point, you have to play and have some fun,” Calderon said. “At the end of the day, it’s a team sport. It’s about doing it the right way and getting everyone involved — that’s what we’re doing right now.”

Raptors Final Score: Raptors Win Third Straight, Beat Cavs 113 – 99 | Raptors HQ

Is this the same team that lost five road games in a row only about a week ago? Not so much as again, the Toronto Raptors rolled out a balanced attack, winning their third straight match and snapping a dreadful road losing streak in the process.

Thoughts On the Game: Raptors 113, Cavaliers 99 | RaptorBlog

When Jose Calderon is the starting point guard, it’s crucial that he makes one or two screen-and-roll jump shots in the first quarter. If the defence is constantly going under the screen and Jose can’t make them pay, he becomes very ineffective and the offence stalls.

Raptors roll to third straight win with victory against Cavaliers | Toronto Sun

The defence wasn’t the stifling brand that has carried the Raptors of late, but it was enough to propel the club to its third straight win, a 113-99 victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Calderon helps Raptors break road losing streak with win over Cavs | Globe and Mail

“Sooner or later, you’ve got to man up and buck up,” coach Dwane Casey said after a 113-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Raptors Streak Can Not Be Stopped By Change Of Venue | Dino Nation Blog

Calderon Battles Irving to a Draw: Calderon and Irving was a great match-up and it was closer than many though it would be.

Cavaliers Fail to Execute Again | CAVS: the blog

Well, tonight was more of the same: Cavs play well for much of game, then give it away in the 4th. The Cavs started out like gangbusters, and played well for a while. But the Raptors matched them most of the way, and Alan Anderson (who?) came up with enough big plays for Toronto to pull it out. The Cavs featured some truly horrendous defense in this one, especially down the stretch.

Cleveland vs. Toronto Final Score: Raptors Thump Cavs, 113-99 | Fear the Sword

If the Cavaliers’ narrow loss to the New York Knicks was a step forward, this was two steps back. The Cavaliers finally had adequate rest and had everybody healthy….and laid a total egg against the Toronto Raptors at home, losing 113-99.

Toronto Raptors direction unknown | Whats on Thorold

After a recent three game winning streak, the Toronto Raptors seem to be pulling together to finish off a disappointing start of the season heading into 2013. However the bigger picture remains murky with questionable management decisions and an injury plagued roster. Without a first-round pick unless they finish in the bottom three, the direction of the young team is in distress.

Raptors (6-19) vs. Cavaliers (5-20) | Bronas and the Whale

All these masked men on the Cavs make them look like a team of supervillains. Early on, the Raptors look more like the damsels in distress. Some ugly basketball to open things up.

Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors: Wednesday NBA game preview | Toronto Star

The Pistons big man (Maxiel) is more bulk and power than the quicker Davis, who is playing his basketball of the season. If Davis can use his length inside, some easy baskets might come his way.


The Raptors are an even 13-13 against the spread this season, and while playing at home, Toronto is 7-3 against the number. The Pistons are just 11-16 against the spread this year, and on the road, Detroit is 6-8 against the spread.

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