Purple & Bold: Be Wary of Lakers’ Bad Habits — Daily News

Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Nov. 29 version of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in the inbox, sign up here. The Lakers have a sparkling, NBA-best 16-2 record. They’ve won nine games in a row and 16 of their last 17 and … are you worried yet? Not to…

Purple & Bold: Be Wary of Lakers’ Bad Habits — Daily News

Celtics Wrap: Boston Falls To Nets 112-107 In Back End Of Home-And-Home — NESN.com

The Boston Celtics came into Barclays Center with a home-and-home sweep in mind, but they weren’t able to get the job done. Brooklyn beat the Celtics 112-107 Friday afternoon, just two days after the Nets fell at TD Garden on Thanksgiving Eve. Brooklyn controlled this one for the majority of the 48-minute outing, and Boston’s…

Celtics Wrap: Boston Falls To Nets 112-107 In Back End Of Home-And-Home — NESN.com

MAPLE LEAFS AT SABRES PREGAME NOTES: Kasperi Kapanen leads Toronto in goals on the road (5) and leads the team in points on the road this season with 11 (5-6-11) in 13 road games. He is the only Maple Leaf to have scored the first goal of the game on multiple occasions this season.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (12-10-4 – 28 Points) vs.

BUFFALO SABRES (11-10-4 – 26 Points)

NOVEMBER 29, 2019 ▪ 4:00 PM EST



ALL-TIME RECORD:81-104-18-11 (214 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:32-64-6-6 (108 Games)
LAST 10:7-3-0


GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (63), John Tavares (30), Morgan Rielly (23)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (18), Auston Matthews (9)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (47), John Tavares (18), Morgan Rielly (11)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (70), John Tavares (36), Auston Matthews (14)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (42), Zach Hyman (18), John Tavares (14)


GOALS FOR (Rank):86 (5th)70 (22nd)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       83 (t-24th)75 (t-14th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):15/77 [19.5%] (12th)15/80 [18.8%] (t-15th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):62/84 [73.8%] (t-27th)58/78 [74.4%] (t-25th)
SHOTS (Rank):878 (3rd)775 (21st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1357 (1st)1062 (23rd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):54.0% (3rd)50.1% (14th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):53.2% (2nd)45.7% (31st)


FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:November 18, 1970 vs. Buffalo (Buffalo 7, Toronto 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD:81-104-18-11 (214 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:47-40-12-5 (106 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:32-64-6-6 (108 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:March 20, 2019 (Toronto 4, Buffalo 2)


Frederik Andersen100th win as a Maple Leaf (Feb. 25, 2019 vs. BUF)
Tyson Barrie100th NHL point (Goal) (March 28, 2015 (COL) vs. BUF)
Cody CeciFirst NHL game (Dec. 12, 2013 (OTT) vs. BUF)
Frederik GauthierFirst NHL game (March 19, 2016 vs. BUF)
Zach HymanFirst NHL point (Goal) (March 7, 2016 vs. BUF)
Martin MarincinFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (March 19, 2016 vs. BUF)
Auston Matthews200th NHL point (Assist) (March 20, 2019 at BUF)
Nic PetanFirst game as a Maple Leaf (March 2 vs. BUF)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Goal) (March 2 vs. BUF)


GOALS16 (Matthews)
ASSISTS16 (Rielly)
POINTS30 (Matthews)
PIMs18 (Kerfoot, Rielly)
SHOTS96 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.1% (Matthews)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %63.2% (Petan)
TAKEAWAYS24 (Marner)
HITS57 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:47 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:14 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:21 (Ceci)


Frederik Andersen– Is 6-2-0 on the road this season with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
– Has a 10-3-0 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.34 goals-against average in 14 career games against Buffalo.- Has six wins against Buffalo as a Maple Leaf, which is tied with Curtis Joseph for the second-most wins against the Sabres in franchise history.- Tied for the NHL lead in wins (12).- Third in the NHL in saves (578) and sixth in even-strength saves (465).
Tyson Barrie– Tied for seventh among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (71).
– Tied for third among NHL defencemen in points (3-3-6; 4 GP) since November 19.- Has recorded eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 11 career games against the Sabres.  
Cody Ceci– Tied for 12th among NHL skaters in blocked shots (51).- 10th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (87:02).- Has started 167 shifts in the defensive zone, which is the fourth-most defensive zone starts among all NHL skaters.
Frederik Gauthier– Has won 57.2 percent (79 won, 59 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
Justin Holl– Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 55.2 percent at 5-on-5, which leads all Maple Leafs defencemen.
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 59.1 percent, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.
– Averaging 18:04 per game in ice time through seven games since returning from injury.
Kasperi Kapanen– Leads the Maple Leafs in goals on the road (5) and leads the team in points on the road this season with 11 (5-6-11) in 13 road games.- Is the only Maple Leaf to have scored the first goal of the game on multiple occasions this season.
Auston Matthews– Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in goals (16).- Third among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (12).- Fifth in the NHL in shots on goal (96).- Has scored nine goals in 11 career games against the Sabres, which is the most by a single skater against Buffalo since he entered the League in 2016-17.
Ilya Mikheyev– Tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Leads all NHL rookies in shots on goal (62).- Leads NHL rookies and ranks third on the Maple Leafs in even-strength points (4-12-16).
Jake Muzzin– Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (9).- One of eight NHL defencemen and 20 NHL skaters to have registered at least 50 hits (57) and at least 50 shots on goal (53).
William Nylander– Has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 14 career games against the Sabres.- Has recorded 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in 12 games during the month of November.- Has notched eight primary assists, which is tied for second among Toronto skaters.  
Nic Petan– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 63.2 percent (144 for,
84 against) through 11 games, which is the highest percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in points (3-16-19).- Tied for seventh among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-11-14).- Fourth among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (11)- 12th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:47).- Ninth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.8).- Has taken the third-most wrist shots among NHL defencemen (42).
Jason Spezza– Averaging the third-most points per game (0.88) among Toronto skaters during the month of November (3-4-7; 8 GP).- Averaging 2.92 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season.
John Tavares– Has recorded 36 points (9 goals, 23 assists) in 30 career games against the Sabres, which is the third-highest point total against Buffalo since 2009-10 when Tavares entered the League. – Has six points (2 goal, 4 assists) in six games against Atlantic Division opposition this season.- Ranks second among NHLers who have appeared in less than 20 games (19) in faceoffs won (183).- Leads the Maple Leafs in power play faceoffs won (56.9% – 41 won, 31 lost).


Tyson BarrieHas goals (4) in three consecutive games, assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (3-4-7) in five consecutive games.
Travis DermottHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Kasperi KapanenHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas assists (3) and point (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.
Jason SpezzaHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.


Frederik AndersenFour wins from 200 career NHL wins.
Morgan RiellyFour games from 500 career NHL games.
John TavaresOne assist from 400 career NHL assists.


John Tavares100th game as a Maple Leaf (November 23 at Colorado)


Mitch Marner (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 55


November 25Recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).Loaned goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to the Toronto Marlies.

Game Preview: 11/29/19 vs. Toronto — Buffalo Sabres Digital Press Box

GAME-DAY RESOURCES Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips LAST GAME Wednesday, November 27 Calgary 3 at Buffalo 2 (OT) Goals: Vesey, Olofsson Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/29 shots) PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Calgary 29 CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 110) Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed Matt Hunwick […]

Game Preview: 11/29/19 vs. Toronto — Buffalo Sabres Digital Press Box

In the Habs’ Room: ‘I’m frustrated as hell,’ Julian says after 6-4 loss — Montreal Gazette

Coach cites mental errors and mental breakdowns as reasons why his club lost its sixth straight game THursday night against the Devils.

In the Habs’ Room: ‘I’m frustrated as hell,’ Julian says after 6-4 loss — Montreal Gazette

Matthews, Eichel thankful Granato back coaching — NYDaily.nyc

BUFFALO — This Thanksgiving Day weekend, Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel are thankful that Don Granato is still alive.”What he went through was shocking,” said Matthews, the Toronto Maple Leafs center. “It will be so great to see him.”Granato, an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres, was hospitalized during the preseason after bacteria made its way… .

Matthews, Eichel thankful Granato back coaching — NYDaily.nyc

RAPTORS AT MAGIC PREGAME NOTES: Toronto shot .512 (21-for-41) from beyond the arc and tied a single-game franchise record with 21 3-point field goals Wednesday vs. New York. Pascal Siakam matched his career best with five 3-pointers. It was the second time this season, and the fifth time in team history, the Raptors have made at least 20 3s in a game.



• The Toronto Raptors visit the Orlando Magic on Friday night at Amway Center. The Raptors have won a season-high five straight games (Nov. 18-27). Toronto has won eight of its Past 10 regular-season games vs. Orlando, including the first two meetings this season – both at home. Pascal Siakam is averaging 21.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games against the Magic this season.

• The Raptors will play 11 of 16 games at home in the month of December after playing eight of 13 on the road in November. December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season and includes three back-to-back sets. Ten of the Raptors’ 16 games in December are against teams currently with a +.500. Toronto is 2-4 vs. teams with a winning record this season.

• Toronto shot .512 (21-for-41) from beyond the arc and tied a single game franchise record with 21 3-point field goals Nov. 27 vs. New York. Pascal Siakam led the attack from long range, matching his career best with five 3-pointers against the Knicks. Wednesday night marked the second time this season, and just the fifth time in team history, the Raptors made at least 20 3s in a single game. Toronto currently leads the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage (.401) and ranks third in 3-point field goals per game (14.5) – behind only Houston (15.2) and New Orleans (15.1).

• The Raptors collected a season-best 17 offensive rebounds Wednesday night vs. New York and outscored the Knicks 26-18 in second chance points. Chris Boucher posted his third double-double of the season with 13 points and matching his season-best 12 rebounds – including five offensive boards – against New York. Boucher has now grabbed 24 of his team-high 37 offensive rebounds in the past five games (Nov. 18-27).

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 12 points Nov. 27 vs. New York. Over the past nine games (Nov. 10-27), Hollis-Jefferson has scored in double digits five times off the bench, averaging 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds during this span. Prior to this stretch, he was a DNP the previous five games.

• Toronto held New York to .375 (33-for-88) shooting from the field, including .293 (12-for-41) from 3-point distance, on Wednesday night. It marked the seventh time this season the Raptors have held their opposition below 40 percent shooting from the floor; something they did five times during the regular season in 2018-19. Toronto currently leads the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.411) and ranks fourth in opponent 3-point field goal percentage (.334).

• Rookie Terence Davis ll has scored in double figures in four of the last five games (Nov. 18-27). Davis ll is averaging 13.4 points and shooting 48 percent (12-25) from 3-point range during this span. His 21 3-pointers this season are the most by a Raptors rookie through 17 games in franchise history.

• Toronto has set a franchise record with eight straight victories at home to begin the season. The Raptors are one of just four teams in the NBA still without a loss at home, joining Boston (7-0), Miami (7-0) and Philadelphia (8-0). Toronto begins a three-game homestand (Dec. 1-5) Sunday vs. Utah. • Yesterday was the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. With the exception of the All-Star break, it’s one of only three days during the 2019–20 season on which no NBA games are scheduled. The other dates are December 24 (Christmas Eve) and April 6 (NCAA Finals).



MIN: 29.7 REB: 5.6 AST: 1.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 11.9

• Recorded first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds Nov. 27 vs. New York. • Ranks second in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.500); has made three or more threes five times. • Has scored in double figures in consecutive games (Nov. 25-27); totaling 25 points during this stretch.


MIN: 36.7 REB: 8.4 AST: 3.9 STL: 0.8 TO: 2.8 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 26.0

• Finished with a team-high 31 points, eight rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes Nov. 27 vs. New York. • Ranks ninth in the NBA in scoring (26.0) and tied for fifth in minutes per game (36.7). • Has scored 30+ points seven times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.


MIN: 28.4 REB: 6.6 AST: 3.5 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.4 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 5.8

• Totaled three points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 23 minutes Nov. 27 vs. New York. • Reached 12,000 career points in the NBA Nov. 16 at Dallas. • Has collected 10+ rebounds three times this season, including a season-high 12 rebounds Nov. 2 at Milwaukee.


MIN: 27.2 REB: 4.0 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.7 TO: 1.5 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 11.5

• Scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in 21 minutes of action Nov. 27 vs. New York. • Averaging 14.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 29.9 minutes in nine games as a starter. • Scored in double figures in five straight games (Nov. 16-25); averaged 17.6 points during this stretch.


MIN: 27.2 REB: 4.0 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.7 TO: 1.5 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 11.5

• Recorded 15 points, three rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes Nov. 27 vs. New York. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.6) and tied for ninth in assists (7.5). • Toronto is 6-1 this season when he scores 20 or more points (Last: 24 – Nov. 25 vs. Philadelphia).

INJURY REPORT Dewan Hernandez (Right thumb; sprain) – Out

Serge Ibaka (Right ankle; sprain) – Doubtful

Stanley Johnson (Left groin; stress reaction) – Out

Kyle Lowry (Left thumb; distal phalanx fracture) – Out

Patrick McCaw (Left knee; surgery) – Out

Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture

2019-20 RECORDS


13-4 8-2 5-2

HOME 8-0 6-0 2-0

AWAY 5-4 2-2 3-2

OVERTIME 1-0 0-0 1-0

TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS Opponent: Orlando Magic Date: Friday, November 29 Tip-Off: 7 p.m. (ET) Venue: Amway Center Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto



2019-20 2-0 2-0 0-0

ALL-TIME 48-39 27-18 21-21

STREAKS Won 3 Won 3 Lost 1

LAST WIN: November 20, 2019 (113-97)

LAST ROAD WIN: November 20, 2018 (93-91)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +35, December 29, 2012

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -40, 2X – last: January 21, 2011


GAME 14 – NOVEMBER 20, 2019


TORONTO — Fred VanVleet scored 24 points to lead the Raptors past the Orlando Magic 113-97 on Wednesday in a battle between short-handed teams … The Raptors improved to 6-0 on the season at Scotiabank Arena, while Orlando remains winless in five road games … It was a second consecutive career night for Toronto’s undrafted rookie Davis, who finished with 19 points to top his previous career-high 16 points he scored in less than four minutes Nov. 18 against Charlotte … Siakam finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who were missing both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka for the sixth straight game … Norm Powell had 15 points and Chris Boucher grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds to go with 14 points … Evan Fournier had 21 points for the Magic, who lost both allstar centre Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon in the first half to right ankle sprains … Two nights after dishing out a franchise-record 40 assists, the Raptors had just 26 … They shot 52.3 per cent on the night to Orlando’s 38.5, and clobbered the Magic 68-40 in the paint … Toronto put together double-digit advantages for much of the second and third, taking a 79-68 lead into the final frame.

1 2 3 4 TOT

ORLANDO 32 19 17 29 97

TORONTO 32 29 18 34 113

NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Utah Jazz Date: Sunday, Dec. 1 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto



2018-19 2-0 1-0 1-0

ALL-TIME 18-27 9-13 9-14

STREAKS Won 2 Won 1 Won 3

LAST WIN: January 1, 2019 (122-116)

LAST HOME WIN: January 1, 2019 (122-116)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +24, November 9, 2013

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -32, December 7, 2012


GAME 39 – JANUARY 1, 2019 TORONTO 122, UTAH 116

TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 45 points, Pascal Siakam had a career-best 28 points with 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat the Utah Jazz 122-116 … Norman Powell scored a season-high 14 points, and the Raptors won their fourth straight at home despite playing without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry (sore back) and center Jonas Valanciunas (dislocated left thumb) … Leonard shot 16 for 22 overall, missing all three attempts from 3-point range, and went 13 for 17 at the free-throw line … Jae Crowder scored a career-high 30 points, Derrick Favors had 21 and Donovan Mitchell scored 19 for the Jazz … Utah’s Rudy Gobert scored 16 points, and Ricky Rubio had 14 … Leonard made all seven of his fieldgoal attempts in the third quarter and added five foul shots … After making two 3-pointers in the first half, the Raptors connected on their first three long-range shots of the third quarter, turning a two-point halftime deficit into a 12-point edge midway through the quarter … Siakam went 3 for 3 from 3-point range in the third and scored 13 points … Toronto outscored Utah 44-32 to take a 95-85 lead into the fourth … The Raptors set a franchise record with 44 points in the third quarter.

1 2 3 4 TOT

UTAH 24 29 32 31 116

TORONTO 26 25 44 27 122


Orlando Magic (7-10) vs. Toronto Raptors (13-4) Game #18 – Home Game #10 Amway Center – Orlando, FL Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 – 7 p.m. ET


Position # Player Ht. Wt. Comments

Forward 25 Wes Iwundu

6-7 195 2019-20: 3.3 ppg., 2.2 rpg.

Made three starts…Scored a season-high eight points on Nov. 27 @ Cleveland.

Forward 1 Jonathan Isaac

6-10 230 2019-20: 13.3 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 1.6 apg., 2.73 blkpg., 1.53 stlpg.

Led (or tied) the team in scoring once and in rebounding three times…Scored in double figures 12 times and 20+ points three times, including a career-high 25 points on Nov. 23 @ Indiana…Had three double-doubles.

Center 24 Khem Birch

6-9 230 2019-20: 4.3 ppg., 3.6 rpg.

Made three starts…Scored in double figures once, including a season-high 12 points on Nov. 20 @ Toronto.

Guard 10 Evan Fournier

6-7 205 2019-20: 18.4 ppg., 3.3 apg., 2.9 rpg.

Led (or tied) the team in scoring seven times and in assists four times…Scored in double figures 15 times, 20+ points seven times and 30+ points once, including a season-high 30 points on Nov. 27 @ Cleveland.

Guard 20 Markelle Fultz

6-4 209 2019-20: 11.4 ppg., 3.5 apg., 2.2 rpg., 1.35 stlpg.

Led (or tied) the team in assists five times…Scored in double figures 11 times, including a career-high 19 points on Nov. 17 vs. Washington.

Total player games missed to injury/illness: 19

Michael Carter-Williams – OUT, left hip irritation

Aaron Gordon – DOUBTFUL, right ankle contusion

Nikola Vučević – OUT, right lateral ankle sprain

LAST GAME: Nov. 27 @ Cleveland – Magic 116, Cavaliers 104: Evan Fournier poured in a game-high 30 points, including 4-of-9 from three-point range, as Orlando defeated Cleveland, 116-104, at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Jonathan Isaac and Terrence Ross each scored 16 points for the Magic, while Markelle Fultz and Mo Bamba each added 15 points. Bamba was a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 20 points. Orlando shot 48.4 percent from the floor and was 12-of-33 from three-point range. The Magic also forced Cleveland to commit 25 turnovers. Orlando led 59-52 at halftime and by as many as 17 points during the second half.

RECENT GAMES: Nov. 25 @ Detroit – Pistons 103, Magic 88: Luke Kennard led six Pistons in double figures with 20 points, as Detroit defeated Orlando, 103-88, at Little Caesars Arena. Blake Griffin scored 17 points for the Pistons. Terrence Ross led the Magic with 19 points, while Evan Fournier added 17 points. Both teams struggled shooting from the field. Detroit shot 43 percent, while Orlando shot just 38.1 percent. The Magic led 31-23 after the first quarter and 55-53 at halftime. However, the Pistons dominated the second half, outscoring Orlando, 50-33. Detroit went on an 11-0 run late in the third quarter and never looked back.

Nov. 23 @ Indiana – Pacers 111, Magic 106: Aaron Holiday hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 8.7 seconds left, as Indiana defeated Orlando, 111-106, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Jeremy Lamb added 14 points. Evan Fournier led the Magic with a game-high 26 points, while Jonathan Isaac tallied a career-high 25 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. Indiana shot 54.4 percent from the floor and outrebounded Orlando, 42-33. The Magic trailed at halftime, 55-45, but fought back during the third quarter, outscoring the Pacers, 40-28. With Orlando trailing 106-104, Markelle Fultz stole the ball and threw down a game-tying dunk with 31.1 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Holiday missed a jumper, but Myles Turner corralled the offensive rebound, giving the Pacers life. Holiday then drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 8.7 seconds remaining. Orlando lost the ball after the in-bounds pass, and two free throws by Justin Holiday sealed the victory for the Pacers.

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT: Nov. 29 vs. Toronto: Orlando is 39-48 all-time vs. Toronto (21-19 at home, 18-27 on the road, 0-1 at London) during regular season action, including 0-2 this season (see recaps below)…The teams split 2-2 last season…The Magic are 5-5 in postseason play against the Raptors (4-1 in 2008 First Round; 1-4 in 2019 First Round)…The Magic have lost 11 of the last 16 regular season meetings with the Raptors and 21 of the last 27 overall…Orlando has lost ten of the last 13 meetings at home (including one at London) and 12 of the last 14 at Toronto…D.J. Augustin appeared in ten games with Toronto during the 2013-14 season…Khem Birch is a native of Montreal, Quebec, and is a member of the Canadian Men’s National Team…Terrence Ross was originally selected in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft by Toronto and spent his first four-plus NBA seasons (2012-17, 363 games) with the Raptors before being traded to Orlando on Feb. 14, 2017…President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman spent four seasons (2013-17) with Toronto, including his final season as General Manager in 2016-17…Assistant Coach Tyrone Corbin played in 15 games with the Raptors during his final NBA season in 2000-01…For last season’s stats vs. Toronto, see p. 312 of the media guide…Oct. 28 @ Toronto – Raptors 104, Magic 95: Kyle Lowry led five Raptors in double figures with 26 points, as Toronto defeated Orlando, 104-95, at Scotiabank Arena. Pascal Siakam tallied 24 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, while Fred VanVleet added 14 points. Jonathan Isaac led the Magic with a career-high 24 points, while Evan Fournier netted 18 points. Both teams struggled shooting from the floor – Toronto shot 38.8 percent, while Orlando shot 38.2 percent. Toronto led 31-22 after the first quarter and by as many as 14 points. The Magic would not give up and fought back during the fourth quarter. Terrence Ross nailed a three-pointer with 4:18 left in the game, capping off a 13-0 run and giving Orlando an 89-87 lead. However, the Raptors would respond later with a 10-2 spurt and put the game out of reach…Nov. 20 @ Toronto – Raptors 113, Magic 97: Fred VanVleet tallied 24 points and seven assists, as Toronto defeated Orlando, 113-97, at Scotiabank Arena. Terence Davis had 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists off the bench for the Raptors, while Pascal Siakam recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier led the Magic with 21 points. Both Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vučević left the game during the second quarter after each suffered a sprained right ankle. Toronto shot 52.3 percent from the floor and held Orlando to 38.5 percent. The Raptors put the game out of reach after going on a 12-2 run midway through the fourth quarter. BEST ALL-TIME SCORING PERFORMANCE VS. RAPTORS: 39 pts., Dwight Howard (@ Toronto, 1-4-09) BEST ALL-TIME SCORING PERFORMANCE VS. MAGIC: 41 pts., Chris Bosh (@ Toronto, 2-7-07)

UPCOMING OPPONENTS: Dec. 1 vs. Golden State: Orlando is 31-29 all-time vs. Golden State (18-11 at home, 13-18 on the road) during the regular season, including 1-1 last season…Orlando had lost 11 straight meetings with the Warriors before beating Golden State on Feb. 28, 2019…The Magic have lost eight of the last 14 meetings in Orlando and the last six trips to Golden State (last win @ Golden State: Dec. 3, 2012, 102-94)…Aaron Gordon attended Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA…For last season’s stats vs. Golden State, see p. 293 of the media guide.

BEST ALL-TIME SCORING PERFORMANCE VS. WARRIORS: 49 pts., Terry Catledge (@ Golden State, 1-13-90)

BEST ALL-TIME SCORING PERFORMANCE VS. MAGIC: 51 pts., Stephen Curry (@ Orlando, 2-25-16)

At 42-40, the Magic also finished the 2018-19 regular season with a winning percentage of .512…Orlando has now finished with a .500 record or better 17 times during the last 27 seasons (since 1992-93), which is the fourth-most in the Eastern Conference.

CLIFF NOTES… Steve Clifford became the 14th head coach in Orlando Magic history on May 30, 2018, bringing more than 30 years of coaching experience at the NBA and collegiate levels, including helping the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals as an assistant coach…He spent five seasons as an assistant in Orlando from 2007-12…Clifford recorded his 200th career NBA head coaching regular season victory on Nov. 5, 2018 vs. Cleveland…Clifford has compiled a 245-264 (.481) record (196-214 (.478) with Charlotte from 2013-18; 49-50 (.495) record with Orlando).

MAGIC TRICKS – 500 Steve Clifford coached his 500th regular season NBA game on Nov. 6 @ Dallas.

FAMILIAR FACES… The Orlando Magic have a very familiar look heading into the 2019-20 season…Orlando returns 12 of the 17 players who appeared in a game during the 2018-19 campaign…Those 12 players accounted for 17,093 of the 19,780 total minutes played (86.4%).

TURNING IT AROUND… The Orlando Magic finished 42-40 last season…The 42 wins were a 17-game improvement from 2017-18, where the Magic finished 2557…It was the second-largest win improvement in team history…The largest is a 20-game improvement from 1991-92 (21 wins) to 1992-93 (41 wins)…Here are the biggest improvements from one season to another in Magic history

From Jan. 31-Apr. 10, 2019, the Orlando Magic had a record of 22-9 (.710)…Only Houston (24-8, .750) and Milwaukee (24-9, .727) had a better winning percentage in the NBA during that time.

HOMELAND… Orlando is 6-3 this season at the Amway Center…The Magic were 25-16 last season at home (including two wins Dec. 13-15 in Mexico City)…The 25 home wins were the most in a season for Orlando since 2010-11, where they went 29-12…Orlando has gone 178-189 (.485) at the Amway Center since it opened in 2010-11…The Magic closed Amway Arena after 2009-10 with an all-time record of 535309 (.634) in that building.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN… Orlando is 1-7 this season away from home…The Magic were 17-24 last season on the road…The 17 road wins were the most Orlando had since 2010-11 (23-18 record).

MAGIC TRICKS – ROAD RULES During the 2019-20 season, the Orlando Magic will travel a total of 41,832 miles.

Last season, the Orlando Magic won four consecutive road games from Feb. 9-24, 2019…It marked the first time since Jan. 8-16, 2012 that the Magic had won four straight road games…The last time the Orlando Magic won five consecutive road games was Mar. 1-22, 2010.

OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOR… The Orlando Magic are averaging 102.1 ppg. (1,736 points) this season, recorded 100+ points eight times (5-3 record), 110+ points five times (5-0 record), and 120+ points once (1-0 record), including a season-high 125 points on Nov. 17 vs. Washington…Last season, the Magic averaged 107.3 ppg. (8,800 points), scored 100+ points 57 times (38-19 record), 110+ points 36 times (25-11 record) and 120+ points 13 times (11-2 record).

The Orlando Magic are shooting .427 (642-1,503) from the floor this season…Last season, the Magic shot .454 (3,316-7,307) from the floor and shot 50 percent or better 19 times (14-5 record)…Since the 2008-09 campaign, Orlando is 140-41 (.773) when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.

THREE’S COMPANY… The Orlando Magic have made at least one three-point field goal in 1,001 consecutive games, dating all the way back to Mar. 17, 2007 (last game without a three-pointer: Mar. 14, 2007 vs. Utah, 0-for-9)…It stands as the fifth-longest active streak in the NBA…The Phoenix Suns have connected on at least one three-pointer in 1,239 games dating back from Mar. 29, 2004, the longest streak in NBA history…The last time an NBA team did not make a three-pointer was Feb. 5, 2016, when Miami went 0-for-9 @ Charlotte.

The Orlando Magic are shooting .314 (166-528) from three-point range this season and have made 10+ three-pointers nine times (5-4 record), including a season-high 15 three-pointers on Nov. 10 vs. Indiana and Nov. 17 vs. Washington…Last season, the Magic shot .356 (937-2,633) from three-point range, which ranked 11th in the NBA, and made 10+ three-pointers 63 times (37-26 record).

Last season, the Magic broke the team records for most three-pointers made and attempted in single season, which were both set in 2017-18, shooting 844-of-2,405.

MAGIC TRICKS – FROM WAY DOWNTOWN On Nov. 1 vs. Milwaukee, the Magic (37) and Bucks (47) combined for 84 three-point attempts, breaking the franchise record for most three-point attempts by two teams combined in a single game…The old record was 72, set on Jan. 6, 2017 vs. Houston.

Ken Fidlin wins Graney Award

Longtime Toronto Sun writer Ken Fidlin named winner of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award

Ken Fidlin with John Gibbons during spring training.

St. Marys, Ont. – Longtime Toronto Blue Jays beat writer and former Toronto Sun baseball columnist Ken Fidlin has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Jack Graney Award.

The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this award annually to a member of the media who has made significant contributions to baseball in Canada through their life’s work.

“For almost four decades, Ken Fidlin wrote first-rate articles and columns about the Toronto Blue Jays for the Toronto Sun,” said Scott Crawford, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations. “He continues to be widely respected by his colleagues and peers for the high standards he set, his professionalism and his commitment to his craft. We’re proud to recognize him with this award.”Born in Norwich, Ont., Fidlin attended the University of Western Ontario for three years. He started his first job in sports journalism at the Woodstock Sentinel-Review in September 1971, and unbeknownst to the editor that hired him, he couldn’t type. His mother tried to teach him the weekend before he started but it was of little use and Fidlin settled on the two-finger approach that he would employ for the next 45 years.

After his initial tenure at the Woodstock paper, Fidlin enjoyed sportswriting tenures with the Kingston Whig-Standard, Ottawa Journal and Ottawa Today before being hired by the Toronto Sun in 1980.

Working in a newsroom where he learned from legends like Ted Reeve, Trent Frayne and George Gross, Fidlin had the opportunity to cover 20 World Series, two Stanley Cup championships, two Olympic Games, five Super Bowls and nine Grey Cups over the next 36 years.

But Canadian baseball fans will remember him most for his superlative work on the Blue Jays beat for the Toronto Sun. He served as the Sun’s Blue Jays’ reporter from 1983 to 1991, also doubling as the paper’s baseball columnist for a stretch. He also found time to co-author (with Fred Thornhill) the book, The Official Blue Jays Album: A Dozen Years of Baseball Memories, in 1989.

From 1991 to 1997, he served as a general sports columnist with the Sun, a gig that also included penning regular columns about the Blue Jays. He was also the paper’s go-to golf reporter, covering four Ryder Cups, three Presidents Cups and 40 major tournaments.

Fidlin returned to work the Blue Jays beat for the Sun from 2007 to 2016 and was there to cover the club’s two most recent playoff runs.

After more than 45 years in the sportswriting field, he retired in December 2016.

In his farewell column for the Toronto Sun, Fidlin, who has covered multiple championships from most of the major sports, wrote that the most memorable moment of his sportswriting career came when John McDonald hit a home run on Father’s Day on June 20, 2010. The Blue Jays’ beloved utility man, who belted just 28 home runs in his 16-season major league career, homered in his first at bat back with the club, just two days after delivering the eulogy at his father’s funeral.

“When I read the list of previous Jack Graney honourees – legends like Milt Dunnell, Ernie Harwell, Tom Cheek and my friend and career-long colleague Bob Elliott, it is with some level of disbelief to imagine my name next to theirs,” said Fidlin when informed he’d be receiving the award.

“It is truly a humbling honour and one I will treasure the rest of my life. I want to thank the selection committee and the Hall of Fame’s board for extending me this extraordinary privilege.”

Details about the presentation of the 2019 Jack Graney Award will be announced in the coming months.

Born in St. Thomas, Ont., Jack Graney was a scrappy leadoff hitter for the Cleveland Indians. His big league resume boasts a number of firsts. When he walked to the plate in a game against the Boston Red Sox on July 11, 1914, he became the first batter to face Babe Ruth. Almost two years later, on June 26, 1916, he was the first major leaguer to bat wearing a number on his uniform. After hanging up his spikes, Graney became the first ex-player to make the transition to the broadcast booth, performing radio play-by-play for the Indians from 1932 to 1953.

Previous Winners of the Jack Graney Award:

1987 – Neil MacCarl – Toronto Star
1988 – Milt Dunnell – Toronto Star
1990 – Austin “Dink” Carroll – Montreal Gazette
1991 – Joe Crysdale & Hal Kelly – CKEY
1996 – Dave Van Horne – Montreal Expos
2001 – Tom Cheek – Sportsnet 590 The Fan
2002 – Ernie Harwell – Detroit Tigers
2003 – Allan Simpson – Baseball America
2004 – Jacques Doucet – Montreal Expos
2005 – Len Bramson – TBS Sports
2009 – Ian MacDonald – Montreal Gazette
2010 – Bob Elliott – Sun Media & canadianbaseballnetwork.com
2011 – W. P. Kinsella – “Shoeless Joe” novel adapted to film “Field of Dreams”
2012 – Jerry Howarth – Sportsnet 590 The Fan
2013 – Rodger Brulotte – Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays
2014 – Richard Griffin – Toronto Star
2015 – Serge Touchette – Le Journal de Montreal
2016 – Larry Millson – Globe and Mail
2017 – Alison Gordon – Toronto Star
2018 – Jeff Blair – Sportsnet
2019 – Ken Fidlin – Toronto Sun

Le journaliste du Toronto Sun Ken Fidlin est le récipiendaire du prix Jack Graney du Temple de la renommée du baseball canadien

St-Marys, Ontario – Longtemps affecté à la couverture des Blue Jays de Toronto et ancien chroniqueur baseball du Toronto Sun, Ken Fidlin est le lauréat 2019 du prix Jack Graney remis annuellement par le Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien.

Le Temple décerne chaque année ce trophée à un membre des médias qui a contribué de façon positive au baseball canadien au cours de sa carrière.

« Pendant environ quatre décennies, Ken Fidlin a écrit d’excellents articles et livré de grandes chroniques sur les Blue Jays de Toronto pour le Toronto Sun, a commenté Scott Crawford, le directeur des opérations du Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien. Il est toujours aussi respecté par ses collègues pour les standards de haute qualité qui lui sont synonymes, son professionnalisme et son engagement envers sa profession. Nous sommes fiers de pouvoir reconnaitre tout cela en lui remettant ce prix. »

Né à Norwich (Ontario), Fidlin a fréquenté l’Université Western Ontario pendant trois ans. Il a eu son premier emploi de journaliste sportif au Woodstock Sentinel-Review en septembre 1971 et, à l’insu de l’éditeur qui l’a engagé, il ne savait pas taper à la machine. Sa mère a tenté de lui apprendre au cours du week-end avant son entrée au journal mais sans succès. Fidlin a plutôt opté pour la méthode à deux doigts, qu’il allait finalement utilisée pendant les 45 années suivantes.

Après son séjour à Woodstock, il a œuvré pour le Kingston Whig-Standard, le Ottawa Journal et le Ottawa Today avant d’être engagé pour le Toronto Sun en 1980.

Aux côtés des légendes du journalisme tel que Ted Reeve, Trent Frayne et George Gross, Fidlin a couvert 20 Séries mondiales, 2 séries de la Coupe Stanley, 2 Jeux olympiques, 5 Super Bowl et 9 Coupes Grey en 36 ans.

Les amateurs de baseball au Canada se souviendront plutôt de lui pour son travail à la couverture quotidienne des Blue Jays pour le Toronto Sun de 1983 à 1991. Pendant cette période, il également pondu des chroniques sur le baseball. Il est également le coauteur, avec Fred Thornhill, du livre The Official Blue Jays Album : A Dozen Years of Baseball Memories paru en 1989.

De 1991 à 1997, il a été chroniqueur sur le monde du sport en général, écrivant bien sûr à l’occasion sur les Blue Jays. Il était aussi le spécialiste du golf pour le Sun, couvrant 4 Coupes Ryder, 3 Coupes du Président et 40 tournois majeurs.

Fidlin est retourné à la couverture quotidienne des Blue Jays en 2007 et jusqu’en 2016. Il a suivi la formation au cours de ses deux dernières participations aux séries.

Après plus de 45 ans dans le monde du journalisme sportif, il a officiellement pris sa retraite en décembre 2016.

Dans son dernier papier publié dans le Toronto Sun, Fidlin, qui a pourtant suivi plusieurs matchs de championnat de divers sports, a mentionné que son souvenir le plus mémorable est le circuit frappé par John McDonald le 20 juin 2010, jour de la fête des pères. Le joueur d’utilité des Blue Jays, qui a n’a frappé que 28 circuits en 16 ans dans les Majeures, a réussi l’exploit à sa première présence au bâton à son retour au jeu deux jours après les funérailles de son père.

« Lorsque je regarde la liste des lauréats passés du prix Jack Graney, que je vois des légendes comme Milt Dunnell, Ernie Harwell, Tom Cheek et mon ami et collègue de longue date Bob Elliott, c’est avec une certaine surprise que j’imagine mon nom au côté des leurs, a dit le principal intéressé lorsqu’informé de sa nomination.

« C’est véritable un honneur et un moment que je chérirais le restant de mes jours. Je remercie le comité de sélection et la direction du Temple de me faire vivre pareil privilège. »

Les détails quant à la remise officielle du prix seront annoncés dans les mois à venir.

Né à St Thomas (Ontario), Jack Graney était le premier frappeur des Indians de Cleveland. Sa carrière dans les Majeures se résume en plusieurs premières : il a été le premier frappeur à affronter Babe Ruth des Red Sox de Boston au monticule le 11 juillet 1914 et le premier à porter un numéro sur son uniforme le 26 juin 1916. Lorsqu’il a accroché ses crampons, Graney est devenu le premier ancien joueur à faire le saut sur la galerie de presse en tant que descripteur à la radio pour les Indians. Il a occupé ce poste de 1932 à 1953.

LAURÉATS PRÉCÉDENTS2018 – Jeff Blair – Sportsnet
2017 – Alison Gordon – Toronto Star
2016 – Larry Millson – Globe and Mail
2015 – Serge Touchette – Journal de Montréal.
2014 – Richard Griffin – Toronto Star
2013 – Rodger Brulotte – Expos de Montréal et Blue Jays de Toronto
2012 – Jerry Howarth – Sportsnet
2011 – W.P. Kinsella – Auteur « Shoeless Joe » adapté du « Champ des rêves ».
2010 – Bob Elliott – Toronto Sun et http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com
2009 – Ian MacDonald – Montreal Gazette
2005 – Len Bramson – TBS Sports
2004 – Jacques Doucet – Expos de Montréal
2003 – Allan Simpson – Baseball America
2002 – Ernie Harwell – Tigers de Détroit
2001 – Tom Cheek – Sportsnet
1996 – Dave Van Horne – Expos de Montréal
1991 – Joe Chrysdale & Hal Kelly – CKEY
1990 – Austin Dink Carroll – Montreal Gazette
1988 – Milt Dunnell – Toronto Star
1987 – Neil MacCarl – Toronto Star Sent to: mook557@hotmail.com


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