Inside the Purple Room GM59-60- The Raptors 4 day stretch with no games provided some reflection late into the season. With 6 weeks to play they have amped their intensity! Despite a devastating loss to the Wizards whose number they have owned the Raptors we saw Kyle Lowry fall short of a triple double; Amir Johnson get into foul trouble and exit the game. But on Sunday the Raptors buckled down on the defensive end and did a solid job closing out their 4th quarter something they have struggled with in the past.
Always Looking Up in a Short Girl’s World Presents the Washington Wizards: A detailed look from John Wall, Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat & Andre Miller inside the Washington Wizards, who are about to play meaningful games in April. They are coming off their longest win streak of the season 6 which is the highest they have had since 2011. After hard fought triple overtime thriller John Wall finished with 31 points and 9 rebounds, he said it was the greatest win in his career. For a guy that has gone through one too many losing seasons he for the first time has help and a nucleus that consist of veterans and a steady growing partner in crime in Bradley Beal.
Always Looking Up in a Short Girl’s World Presents: A prelude to the 86th annual Academy Awards with our very own NBA Oscar Awards. We had a chance to head into the Wizards locker room and ask them about 3 categories pertaining to the NBA.
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Inside the Purple Room & Raptorszone GM58 2013-14: This once featured Terrence Ross holding the All-Star Kyrie Irving to just 4 points in the fourth quarter. Could you call Terrence the x-factor, unsung hero, under the radar guy for the Raptors? They are 21-6 when he scores 20+ points in a game. That stat is not deceiving! The Raptors have also climbed the latter successfully as I mentioned they are 7 games above .500 for the first time since 2010. He is the league leader in charges and does it again! Kyle Lowry held his crowd and created a pivotal opportunity for the Raptors the other way! The Raptors went on a 22-5 run at the half and in the 3rd the Cavs went on a 15-0 run of themselves but the Raptors are not the team we expected to see at the start of the season. They have held their composure and they won knowing they could win. The intangibles that aren’t always talked about were Patrick Patterson popping off the bench for 13 points and 8 rebounds but 3 of them were on the offensive glass. They know they can and are ready for the next opponent the Wizards on Thursday.
Inside the Purple Room aka Raptors Zone GM 55,56,57- The Raptors were playoff tested vs. the Bulls. They redeemed themselves vs. Cavs & Magic two teams they are mean to beat. John Salmons popped off the bench to balance the scoring attack. The newest acquisition De Colo got to see some court action in a convincing win vs Orlando Magic.
Inside the Purple Room 2013-14 GM54: The Toronto Raptors experienced no All-Star hangover except for the last two minutes down the stretch. But for the most part they didn’t look to skip a beat. Even Landry Fields who was active was on the bench cheering his teammates on. Tyler Hansbrough got a nice reception from fans of his old stomping crowds North Carolina that looked to fuel his fire. Vasquez returned home and Kyle stole the show (he should have been an all-star).
Inside the Purple Room 2013-14 GM52: The Raptors are fresh off the All-Star break they went into the all-star break crushing the Atlanta Hawks a big eastern conference rival. After DeMar DeRozan excelled on the open floor in his first all-star appearance, he had a serious tone in practice as he along with the rest of the team is set to kick-butt the final 30 games. Amir looks like he is well rested and let’s hope the ankle doesn’t bother him as he has more then poised veteran to defend in Marcin Gortat & Nene. How do you shutdown John Wall? Well, watch and find out!
Inside the Purple Room 2013-14 GM51: The fans get their pizza courtesy of Tyler Hansbrough aka Tags. Kyle Lowry is the engine that makes this team run. In the post Tyler was ready to receive the pass and using his physicality to dominate in the paint. Jonas was extremely angry more then the masked man Patrick Patterson in the paint. He showed not only his physicality to but his grit and toughness as well.
Inside the Purple Room 2013-14 GM50: The Raptors came off a 3 loss 2 win road trip out west. They pulled and old trick out of a hat which many teams have done in the past with other power forwards or centers when they aren’t great at the free throw line. The hack-a-Jordan strategy didn’t work as they envisioned by it did provide a little run heading into the 4th. With lob city in full effect the Clippers moved to 14-6 with out their all-star floor general Chris Paul who made a return to the line up on Sunday. The Toronto Raptors are without Amir who is seemingly off his game due to the ankle injury he suffered. This is the first game he will miss since January 12, 2013.
Inside the Purple Room 2013-14 GM49: The Toronto Raptors are 2-2 on their current 5 game road trip as they lost to the hands of their former teammate Rudy Gay on Wednesday night. Yes, questionable foul calls were a pivotal factor in the loss. Kyle Lowry could recollect the shot and Dwane Casey could only say he would have to go back and watch what occurred. It was a night when the ball remained stiff and the lackluster defense couldn’t keep the Raptors in the game. Free throws were the be all and end all as the Kings covered on 41 of their 51 yes 51 attempts. The Raptors were only 19-24 for 79% from the line.