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    Default Final: Toronto Raptors 100 - Cleveland Cavaliers 108



    Toronto Raptors @ Cleveland Cavaliers

    21-20, 2nd Atlantic, (Road: 8-14) -- 31-11, 1st Central, (Home: 14-3)

    WHEN: Tues., Jan. 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm ET
    WHERE: Quicken Loans Arena
    TV/Radio: TSN, TSN HD, FAN590 Radio



    TORONTO RAPTORS
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    Starters

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

    Bench

    (L to R): Belinelli, Weems, Calderon, Johnson, Nestrovic, Wright, O'Bryant

    Team Injuries/Inactive List

    (L to R): Banks, Evans

    CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
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    Starters

    (L to R): M. Williams, Parker, James, Hickson, O'Neal

    Bench

    (L to R): Ilgauskas, West, J. Williams, Varejao, Gibson, Jackson, Green

    Team Injuries/Inactive List

    (L to R): Moon, Powe

    Who's Hot

    TORONTO RAPTORS


    Bargnani: 20.8 ppg in last 5 gp / Bosh: 25.6 ppg in last 5 gp

    CLEVELAND CAVALIERS


    James: 36.5 ppg in last 4 gp / Mo: 17.7 ppg in last 14 gp

    Key Match-ups


    Shaquille O'Neal vs. Andrea Bargnani


    LeBron James vs. Hedo Turkoglu

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    Prediction

    - 96
    - 107

    I have a bad feeling the Cavs will get their revenge for their loss against us opening night. LeBron is playing like a man possessed right now, and if you didn't like Hedo before tonight's match-up, my guess is you're going to dislike him evenmore once LeBron's finished with him.

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    Well my predictions have come out the opposite the last 4 or 5 games so I am gonna say the Dinos lose this one!

    LeBron is gonna be LeBron so I say let him get his points and try to lockdown everyone else. The Cavs have a couple lights out shooters from beyond the arc in Parker, Gibson and Williams, so the Dinos are going to have to do a better job at defending the 3 pt line than they have recently. Should be an entertaining game.


    LET'S GO RAPTORS!

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    We are gonna get man handeled. Now ay we even stand a chance
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    Quote Doc Naismith wrote: View Post
    I have a bad feeling the Cavs will get their revenge for their loss against us opening night.
    That's what I'm expecting too.

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    It'll be interesting to see how much the Raptors can force Cleveland into playing a small ball lineup ... in order to defend Bargnani on the perimeter ... I'm thinking close to half the game.

    Jawad Williams has been playing some minutes for the Cavs recently. I'm looking forward to seeing him play tonight ... to see whether he's a legitimate rotation player or not. I doubt he is, but if he is then he provides a different sort of option lineup wise with his quickness, overall athleticism and ability to play that combo forward role. A role which would help the Cavs lineup flexibility.

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    Two quick fouls on Hedo ... worrying.

    That will hurt the Raptors offensive versatility. Might be wise to go with Calderon earlier than normal. Allow him to be the lead playmaker while Hedo sits.

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    Nice finish on the layup by Bargnani against Shaq.

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    Nice post up by LeBron.

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    Shaq was a liability defensively against Toronto.

    Better for Cleveland to have Varejao out there.

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    DeRozan has been finishing his short jumpers + runners + around the rim against contact much better nowadays

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    Haha, lucky finish ... nice job by Antoine Wright attacking the basket to draw a foul ... while going against the shot clock after having to go into the backcourt to retrieve the ball.
    Last edited by Dave; Tue Jan 19th, 2010 at 07:32 PM.

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    The Raptors have played very well without Turkoglu in the first quarter.

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    Excellent screen by Shaq on Bosh in the backcourt as James was dribbling upcourt

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    These two teams cannot defend one another.

    The Raps defend the Cavs marginally better than other way around though.

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    These cleveland announcers are all kinda of fail.

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    I missed most of the third quarter ... Cavs leading 91-83 to end the frame.

    It doesn't look like either team started to play any defense yet.

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    Cleveland has an eFG% of 65.5%
    Toronto has an eFG% of 57.1%

    Both teams are getting terrific looks at the rim and hitting their shots.

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    Toronto's eight missed free throws (11-19 for 57%) is the difference in the score.

    Cleveland pounding the Raptors on the boards -- 32-19 -- six offensive rebounds versus 15 defensive rebounds on the Raps glass (71% defensive rebounding). Cavs have pulled down 26 defensive rebounds versus 4 offensive rebounds by Toronto (86% defensive rebounding). No offensive rebounding from the Raps.

    Main difference for the large margin is that Toronto has taken more shots (FTs, TOs) and is hitting less of their shots, allowing the Cavs to build up a massive advantage on the backboards ... but Cleveland have been out-rebounding the Raptors thoroughly anyway.

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    Nice 9-0 run from the Raptors to start the fourth.

    I'm very happy with what I've seen from the Raptors tonight. They're clearly a major matchup problem for the Cavs and look capable of giving them a rough playoff series. I like how they've hung around in this game and consistently asked questions of the Cavs.

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