NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, February 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Raptors (25-22) at Utah Jazz (16-31), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors will
resume their western road trip Monday against the Utah Jazz.
The Raptors are 1-1 so far on the five-game junket after defeating Denver and
losing to Portland. In Saturday's 106-103 loss to the Blazers, the home team
blew a 16-point advantage and eventually won on Damian Lillard's running bank
shot with 11.9 seconds left.
Portland led 31-19 after the first quarter and had three players score at
least 20 points.
Toronto was led by DeMar DeRozan's 36 points and 12 assists, while Kyle Lowry
and Jonas Valanciunas scored 23 and 18 points, respectively, for the Raptors,
who shot 46 percent for the game.
"We understand what we had to do, honestly," DeRozan said. "We understand we
were down big and the only way we would get back in this game was to get stops
and that's what we started doing. That was the main part. We were missing a
lot of easy shots that we normally make, but we don't worry about that. The
only thing we worry about is the defensive game and we picked it up in the
DeRozan is averaging 27.8 points in his last five games.
The Raptors, who are four games ahead of Brooklyn in the Atlantic, still have
to visit Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers on the road trip. Raptors
guard Greivis Vasquez is questionable for Monday with an illness.
Utah has dropped two in a row and four of its last six games, including
Saturday's 102-87 setback to the Clippers.
Enes Kanter had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Richard Jefferson scored 19 for
the Jazz, who made only 35.8 percent of their shots and got 15 points from
"They showed their experience on us. Jamal Crawford made some big shots," Jazz
coach Tyrone Corbin said. "They executed in the second half. We just didn't
get the stops when we needed to."
Jazz forward Derrick Favors missed the game with a sore right hip and is
questionable for Monday's game. He has missed two straight.
Toronto defeated Utah, 115-91, at Air Canada Centre on Nov. 9, but has lost 14
of the previous 16 meetings between the teams. The Raptors have also lost
seven of eight and 13 of the 17 all-time matchups in Salt Lake City.
02/03 10:40:17 ET