NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, December 10th
(All times Eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (15-4) at Toronto Raptors (7-12), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The new-look Toronto Raptors won't have their new faces
in the lineup Tuesday night when they welcome the San Antonio Spurs to the Air
The Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings
on Monday, in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson
and Chuck Hayes.
"I honestly want to think Rudy, Quincy and Aaron for their time here," said
Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri. "I think those guys are super
professional. It sounds cliche, but Rudy was a great person to work with.
Phenomenal, talented player, but it just wasn't working."
Gay was averaging 19.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg, but shooting only 39 percent from the
field. Money was certainly a factor in the deal as well since Gay has a player
option next season for over $19 million.
The Raptors may not be done making moves as Kyle Lowry's name has been
featured in trade reports. He becomes slightly more expendable now with
Vasquez in town.
"I never want to say there's nobody," said Ujiri. "I don't want to call out
names. If somebody offers us Michael Jordan, am I going to say no? You never
know what's going to come your way."
The Raptors return home after a 1-2 trip out west. The lone victory came
Sunday night when Toronto, which didn't have the three newest Kings in
uniform, spoiled Kobe Bryant's season debut. The Raptors beat the Lakers,
Amir Johnson was dominant with 32 points and 10 rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan
scored 26 and Lowry finished with 23. Terrence Ross, who should see an
increased role at small forward, managed 11 off the bench.
The Spurs set out on a two-game trip as they will visit Milwaukee on
Wednesday. Center Tiago Splitter didn't make the trip due to a left calf
Last time out for San Antonio, the Indiana Pacers came to Alamo City Saturday
night and left with a 111-100 victory.
The Spurs built an eight-point lead after the first quarter, but the Pacers
dominated the middle two frames to the tune of a 67-30 scoring disparity.
"In the second quarter, they started making some shots and we weren't able to
keep up. We went cold, they got that lead, and we couldn't recover," Spurs
forward Tim Duncan said.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 18 points, followed by 16 from Manu
Ginobili. Tony Parker chipped in 13, Duncan and Patty Mills both scored 10
The Spurs have won five straight against the Raptors and three in a row in
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