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Raptors-Spurs Preview/Game Thread-11/9

Raptors-Spurs Preview
By BRETT HUSTON,
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The San Antonio Spurs had one of the league's best road records last season, but they're off to a woeful start away from AT&T Center and will be without Tony Parker for the next week.

Perhaps a lengthy stretch back home will get coach Gregg Popovich's team back on track.

The Spurs look to avoid their first three-game losing streak since the beginning of last season Monday night when they open a stretch of 10 of 12 at home against the Toronto Raptors.

San Antonio (2-3) lost three in a row to open the 2008-09 season - two at home - but their current struggles have come on the road. The Spurs, who were 26-15 on the road last season, have won their two home games by an average of 18.0 points, but are 0-3 away from home.

They were in trouble from the outset in consecutive losses at Utah and Portland last week, falling behind by 10 after one quarter in a 113-99 loss to the Jazz on Thursday, then trailing by 15 after 12 minutes in a 96-84 defeat to the Trail Blazers one night later.

"We committed too many mistakes from the get-go," said guard Manu Ginobili, who's averaging 13.8 points but shooting just 39.2 percent. "It's too bad. It shouldn't be happening. We've really got to step out and try to play 48 minutes."

San Antonio outscored Portland the final three quarters, but also played most of the final 36 minutes without Parker. The three-time All-Star sprained his left ankle in the second - the same ankle he hurt nearly a year ago to the day - and expects to miss about a week.

Parker said this sprain isn't as severe as the one that caused him to miss three weeks last season, but the Spurs will certainly miss him considering he averaged 23.0 points and 7.0 assists in two games against the Raptors (3-3) in 2008-09.

Each team won on its home floor, with Toronto overcoming 32 points from Ginobili and injuries to Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon to win 91-89 on Feb. 11.

Bosh is among the league's top five scorers through six games, averaging 28.5 points, and he's also among the NBA's rebounding leaders with 11.8 per contest.

The Raptors, however, have given up 108.2 points per game, and had one of their worst defensive efforts in years their last time out. Toronto allowed Dallas to shoot 62.4 percent Saturday - the best field-goal percentage by an opponent against the Raptors in more than six years - in a 129-101 loss.

"I'm disappointed in the way that we played, but they had more energy, they had more movement, they had better confidence shooting the basketball and that's why you get a result like this," coach Jay Triano said.

Toronto has made 40.0 percent of its shots from beyond the arc thus far, with Andrea Bargnani emerging as a consistent 3-point threat. The former No. 1 overall pick seems to have made some big strides in his game, shooting 52.4 percent overall and 51.6 percent from 3-point range - both significant improvements over last season.

He's also averaging 20.7 points, a 5.3-point increase.

For the Raptors to have a chance, though, they'll need Bosh to play better than he typically has against Tim Duncan. The four-time All-Star has averaged 13.0 points on 35.1 percent shooting in his last four games versus Duncan, while the Spurs' big man has averaged 20.3 points on 60.0 percent shooting with three blocks.

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Old 11-08-09, 10:18 PM
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Very hard game to close without TP, but Hey Spurs will win it baby and will start some sort of a GROOVE!!!
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I just hope Bosh and Turkoglu play well for the fantasy team. I think the Spurs will win by about 6 or 8 points.
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Toronto @ San Antonio--Eddie F. Rush, Tony Brothers, Phil Robinson
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Yeehaa!!! I get to play Cannuck AND USA anthems tonight. Y'all yell for my Spurs flag on the horn--It's all for SR, baby! Thanks Sollie, for the tie!!! Excuse me, Mr. Parker, if you're not warming up, can I get a picture for my kids....????

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Yeehaa!!! I get to play Cannuck AND USA anthems tonight. Y'all yell for my Spurs flag on the horn--It's all for SR, baby! Thanks Sollie, for the tie!!! Excuse me, Mr. Parker, if you're not warming up, can I get a picture for my kids....????

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That's great! Are you going to have anyone video tape it? If so post it here for us to see. :applause


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Any news on who is taking Parker's active spot?
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Yeehaa!!! I get to play Cannuck AND USA anthems tonight. Y'all yell for my Spurs flag on the horn--It's all for SR, baby! Thanks Sollie, for the tie!!! Excuse me, Mr. Parker, if you're not warming up, can I get a picture for my kids....????

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Good for you bilboinsa. REPRESENT!!!!

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Let's see . . . they feature a center who plays outside and turkeyglue.

I think we'll be ok.

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105--96 to the good guys. Any word on active players and starters?
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Old 11-09-09, 07:10 PM
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Theo Ratcliff will start at center. Missed the rest of the line up.. lol
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Old 11-09-09, 09:36 PM
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Jeez 95-93 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Our offense has been incredible at home and the defense is still bad.
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Old 11-09-09, 09:40 PM
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Our offense incredible? Toronto is shooting 60% and 57% from 3.

They just walk the court and shoot a 3.
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Wow, FSSW is interviewing Pop and his eyes are red!!!

Probably crying about no defense.

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LOL @Raps' fans reaction to the gm
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I could fill a whole funny thread in 1 nite
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Old 11-09-09, 11:23 PM
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:shocked :shocked :shocked :shocked :shocked :shocked
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Wow, FSSW is interviewing Pop and his eyes are red!!!

Probably crying about no defense.

There was a long awkward pause in the questions too. I kind of thought someone was going to ask a stupid question right after. Luckily, they did not.
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Just read ESPN recap:

Toronto Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs - Recap - November 09, 2009 - ESPN

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Bonner is a 3-point specialist whose role is to spread the floor, but just before halftime he stormed down the paint for a rare one-handed dunk that appeared to leave Duncan in saucer-eyed disbelief from the bench
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I meant the Duncan part.
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SPURS-RAPTORS POSTGAME AUDIO
Spurs guard George Hill http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblog...ll20091109.WMA
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblog...ch20091109.WMA
Spurs guard Keith Bogans http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblog...ns20091109.WMA
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblog...li20091109.WMA
Spurs center/forward Matt Bonner http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblog...er20091109.WMA
Spurs forward Richard Jefferson http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblog...on20091109.WMA
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But I really wanted to see Duncan's reaction! -->

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Thanks for the gifs.
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I gotta say it, since that other redhead, Bill Walton, was not on hand, "Throw it down, big fella, throw it down!"
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Almost the best part of the game....


But that jam by Bonner....WHEW!!! Not since Woody Harrelson....
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But that jam by Bonner....WHEW!!! Not since Woody Harrelson....
What do you mean, ALMOST??!! :applause
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But that jam by Bonner....WHEW!!! Not since Woody Harrelson....
Great picture!!! :applause
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But that jam by Bonner....WHEW!!! Not since Woody Harrelson....
oh my......oh my! the one on the far right needs to be the future Mrs. Jose_TheGenius!
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Jose, you're in luck. A closer inspection of the fair lass' paw shows:


Go get her!

*sniff* *sniff* No one has mentioned my pearl-inlaid valve buttons.... *sniff*
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OK, it's back....sorry for the glitch. Now, go get her Jose!!!
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