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    Default Final: Houston Rockets 88 - Toronto Raptors 101



    Houston Rockets @ Toronto Raptors

    13-9, 2nd Southwest, (Road: 8-5) --- 10-15, 2nd Atlantic, (Home: 6-5)

    WHEN: Sun., Dec. 13, 2009 at 12:30pm ET
    WHERE: Air Canada Centre
    TV/Radio: CBC, CBC HD, FAN590 Radio



    TORONTO RAPTORS
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    Starters

    (L to R): Jack, DeRozan, Turkoglu, Bosh, Bargnani

    Bench

    (L to R): Belinelli, Weems, Banks, Johnson, Nestrovic, Mensah-Bonsu, Wright

    Team Injuries/Inactive List

    (L to R): Calderon, Evans, O'Bryant

    HOUSTON ROCKETS
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    Starters

    (L to R): Brooks, Ariza, Battier, Scola, Hayes

    Bench

    (L to R): Lowry, Landry, Budinger, Andersen, Cook, Taylor

    Team Injuries/Inactive List

    (L to R): Dorsey, McGrady, Ming

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    TORONTO RAPTORS


    Bosh: 23.4 PPG IN LAST 5 GP / Jack: 14 PPG IN LAST 3 GP

    HOUSTON ROCKETS


    Ariza: 17.4 PPG IN LAST 14 GP / Landry: 19.7 PPG IN LAST 3 GP

    Key Match-ups


    Aaron Brooks vs. Jarrett Jack


    Carl Landry vs. Amir Johnson

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    PG vs. PG

    SG vs. SG

    SF vs. SF

    PF vs. PF

    C vs. C

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    Prediction

    - 94
    - 109

    Hmmm ... Rockets are a great physical team and playing physical is definitely something we lack. I don't see us keeping up to them tomorrow afternoon at the ACC.

    Any of you fine folk attending the game tomorrow?

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    Gotta love Pops -- I'd like him to be the fourth big in the rotation

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    Quote Dave wrote: View Post
    Gotta love Pops -- I'd like him to be the fourth big in the rotation
    Loved that block on Andersen. The look back at the Rockets bench wasn't needed though. I hope that doesn't come back to bite us in the arse.

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    Battier can't guard Hedo in those pick and rolls. He isn't moving well enough away from the basket tonight.

    Edit: Houston should keep Ariza on Hedo and have Battier guard the other wing.
    Last edited by Dave; Sun Dec 13th, 2009 at 01:44 PM.

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    The Raptors quickness + activity is vastly improved when they have Pops out there as a power forward alongside one big man (Bosh/Amir/Bargs).

    Huge difference from Bosh/Amir alongside one of Bargs/Rasho.

    The team's defense kicks up a gear and they become much more dangerous in transition + aggressive offensively. Contagious energy.

    Pops needs to have a larger role in this team. He's being underutilized.
    Last edited by Dave; Sun Dec 13th, 2009 at 02:03 PM.

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    But is it too late for Pops now Dave? You think a strong performance today can salvage him for the remainder of the season? It might be a little too late for him unfortunately.

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    Quote Doc Naismith wrote: View Post
    But is it too late for Pops now Dave? You think a strong performance today can salvage him for the remainder of the season? It might be a little too late for him unfortunately.
    Yeah, it looks like he's done for.

    Triano clearly doesn't see a role for him on the team and that situation will only become more precarious once Reggie Evans returns. Not much point in keeping Pops in that/this situation. Unfortunately.

    It's a pity because Pops could be a solid role player for the Raptors. His athleticism and quickness is sorely needed.
    Last edited by Dave; Sun Dec 13th, 2009 at 02:12 PM.

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    Quote Dave wrote: View Post
    Yeah, it looks like he's done for.

    Triano clearly doesn't see a role for him on the team and that situation will only become more precarious once Reggie Evans returns. Not much point in keeping Pops in that/this situation. Unfortunately.

    It's a pity because Pops could be a solid role player for the Raptors. His athleticism and quickness is sorely needed.

    I agree Dave.

    As someone mentioned weeks ago, the whole Reggie Evans injury reeks of Eric Montross all over again. An injury that everyone thought was so minimal to start with and all of a sudden seems to be more serious that originally thought. Because nothing much as been said, I'm not expecting him back anytime soon still. Thank god for Amir. Johnson's insurance is proving to be a factor again for us today.

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    haha ... BRAWL, BRAWL.

    See ya Ariza.

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    WOW ... thank god Ariza's elbow never connected with the back of DeMar's head.

    Guaranteed Ariza's getting a suspension for that. No need for that at all.

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    I'm quickly starting to crush on Jarrett Jack big time.

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    It's starting to get a little too close for comfort right now.

    Oh and I absolutely love Carl Landry. He's a fantastic player and love the effort right now in trying to get this Rockets back in the game. All over the glass.

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    Jack sitting on Landry is amazing defence. Good on ya Jarrett.

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    I gotta be honest, I didn't think the Dinos would pull out the W in this one. But they played great team D and got good performances out of JJ and Hedo (sorely needed). Bosh showed again why he deserves to be the starting PF in the All Star. Weems made the most out of his mins. Great game

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