Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Raptors' Ibaka, Heat's Johnson suspended one game each for throwing punches

Goran Dragic De Mar DeRozan Nets fight to finish, but fall to Raptors in overtime
Frederick Owens | 12 January, 2018, 17:27

The Toronto Raptors will be without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry for Tuesday night's game against the Miami Heat at Air Canada Centre with what his team lists as a bruised tailbone and back spasms.

DeRozan scored 25 points as the Raptors lost for the first time in six games and failed to break the franchise record for consecutive home victories.

Dragic, who finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists, did not back down from DeRozan as the two got into a scuffle as the horn sounded. At 28-10, these Raptors are trying to prove that they can take the next step. They get 20 offensive rebounds. Instead, Miami players like Wayne Ellington and Goran Dragic were stealing the spotlight with their shooting, and the Heat were dominating the boards, causing the Raps to slip into a 51-41 hole by half time.

The Raptors' average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.6, down from 8.1 for the season. DeRozan leads in points and in steals (1.2) per game while Valanciunas tops in rebounds (7.8).

Overall, the Raptors' offence wasn't good, making only one three-point shot and shooting under 37% from the field.

Ibaka was hardly a player they could afford to lose - he'd been escorted off the floor after providing 11 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

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The Toronto Raptors have the fourth best record in the National Basketball Association and the third-best point differential - better than any other team in the East. Vegas has typically been fairly accurate when predicting totals of Raptors games, with 19 overs compared to 18 unders.

A few years back, the only way to explore a team's effort was to watch the games. On Monday night, the Raptors found themselves down 111-113 to the Brooklyn Nets with only 30 seconds left in overtime.

The Raptors have been one of the best home teams in the league this season, going 14-2 straight up (9-7 ATS). He will need to be at his best here in order to keep the Raptors in this game, especially with Lowry and Ibaka out.

In games where they allow below 100 points, Brooklyn is 10-1 and Toronto is 11-3.

Before practice in Toronto on Wednesday, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue showed his team video of the first quarter against Minnesota.

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