Kyle Lowry has no problem being his own biggest critic. Read MoreRapstors’ slide connected directly to some poor shooting of late — Toronto Sun.
Jeremy Lin Drops 28 Points in Beijing Ducks’ Loss to Ty Lawson, Fujian Sturgeons Fred Lee/Getty Images Jeremy Lin and the Beijing Ducks hit an unexpected snag on Thursday with a 111-107 loss to the Fujian Sturgeons in the Chinese Basketball Association. It appeared to be a mismatch on paper. The Ducks entered the contest […]Jeremy Lin Drops 28 Points in Beijing Ducks’ Loss to Ty Lawson, Fujian Sturgeons — High Velocity Sport
TD Garden can be a house of horrors for visiting players, but Joel Embiid is embracing the challenge. Embiid and the 76ers will be in Boston on Thursday night for a battle between two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. The C’s and Sixers have started to form quite a rivalry over the…76ers Star Joel Embiid Explains Why He Loves Playing In Boston — NESN.com
– Kawhi arrived to spread some holiday cheer for Raptors fans, mostly in the form of reminding them that last year really happened. Then he reminded them just how good he is, doing basically whatever he wanted and helping the Clippers overcome a bad shooting night by Paul George. And the ceremony was good (though […]Woz Blog: — Toronto Sun
Gordon Hayward will boost his team’s prospects, having escaped a serious blow. The Boston Celtics listed the forward as probable to play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night at TD Garden. Hayward suffered a facial contusion Wednesday in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 122-117 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Although he exited the…Celtics Injury Update: Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart’s Status Vs. 76ers — NESN.com
One by one, they are falling. Read MoreTRAIKOS: It’s the worst time to be an NHL coach — Toronto Sun
BRADLEY SIGNS NEW DEAL WITH TORONTO FC
Toronto FC announced today that the club has signed captain Michael Bradley to a new contract using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
“Michael Bradley has led this club in the biggest games we’ve played in during his time at Toronto FC and is our engine,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “Michael and his family have made Toronto their home and we are all very happy that they will continue to be part of our club for years to come.”
In six seasons with Toronto FC, Bradley has raised eight trophies as the team’s captain (MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, Canadian Championship x 3, Eastern Conference Championship x 3). Included in this run was Toronto FC’s historic “Treble” winning 2017 season, where Bradley raised the MLS Cup, the Supporters’ Shield and the Voyageurs Cup (Canadian Championship). Toronto FC became the first team in MLS history to capture three domestic trophies in the same season.
“I feel so attached to the city of Toronto, the club, the team. I love it here and I am really proud of what we’ve been able to do over the past six years,” said Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley. “Beyond the success, I am equally as proud of the mentality and identity this club has taken on. The relationship between the club and the city, the club and the fans are both very special and I’m proud to have played a part in that. What we have in Toronto doesn’t exist everywhere. My family and I are so happy to remain in Toronto and we’d like to thank everyone at Toronto FC for ensuring that this process was done quietly and professionally behind the scenes. I’m looking forward to continuing to play in the biggest games and competing for trophies every year.”
Bradley made his 200th appearance for Toronto FC (all competitions) last month in the 2019 MLS Cup Final, becoming the third player in club history to have made 200 appearances for Toronto FC, joining Jonathan Osorio and Justin Morrow. Bradley has scored 13 goals and recorded 28 assists across all competitions for Toronto FC and is the only TFC player who has played every minute of every MLS playoff game in the club’s history.
“Michael is a great player and an exceptional human being,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “I also have a great deal of respect for Michael for how he handled his contract situation – with class and professionalism. His goals are aligned with TFC. We are all competitive and strive to win and compete every single year for trophies.”
TRANSACTION: Toronto FC signs midfielder and captain Michael Bradley to a new contract using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
-TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB-
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (15-13-4 – 34 Points) vs.
CALGARY FLAMES (17-12-4 – 38 Points)
DECEMBER 12, 2019 ▪ 9:00 PM EST
SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME (CALGARY, AB) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CALGARY
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||61-59-12-4 (136 Games)|
|ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:||25-40-5-2 (72 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CALGARY
|GAMES PLAYED:||Jake Muzzin (30), Jason Spezza (26), Tyson Barrie (22)|
|GOALS:||John Tavares (7), Jason Spezza (6), Zach Hyman (4)|
|ASSISTS:||Jake Muzzin (15), Tyson Barrie (14), John Tavares (9)|
|POINTS:||Jake Muzzin (17), John Tavares (16), Tyson Barrie (16)|
|PENALTY MINUTES:||Jason Spezza (33), Jake Muzzin (14), Tyson Barrie (6), Morgan Rielly (6)|
MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES TEAM STATS
|GOALS FOR (Rank):||103 (t-5th)||88 (20th)|
|GOALS AGAINST (Rank):||102 (26th)||98 (t-21st)|
|POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):||18/88 [20.4%] (12th)||19/103 [18.4%] (t-15th)|
|PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):||77/100 [77.0%] (26th)||92/110 [83.6%] (t-9th)|
|SHOTS (Rank):||1070 (4th)||1031 (8th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):||1634 (2nd)||1534 (5th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):||53.0% (5th)||50.9% (11th)|
|FACEOFF % (Rank):||52.5% (2nd)||48.5% (25th)|
MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES NOTES
|FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:||November 5, 1972 (Toronto 2, Atlanta 2)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||61-59-12-4 (136 Games)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:||36-19-7-2 (64 Games)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:||25-40-5-2 (72 Games)|
|LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:||March 4, 2019 (Toronto 6, Calgary 2)|
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. FLAMES
|Morgan Rielly||400th NHL game (Oct. 29, 2018 vs. CGY)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|ASSISTS||18 (Marner, Rielly)|
|POWER PLAY POINTS||10 (Matthews)|
|SHORTHANDED POINTS||2 (Engvall, Kapanen)|
|FACEOFF WIN%||57.4% (Matthews)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %||57.7% (Petan)|
|BLOCKED SHOTS||58 (Ceci)|
|TOI PER GAME||24:41 (Rielly)|
|PP TOI PER GAME||3:03 (Marner)|
|SH TOI PER GAME||3:15 (Ceci)|
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
|Frederik Andersen||– Is 8-3-0 on the road this season with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.|
– Has made 12 career appearances against Calgary and is 8-1-1 with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.- Tied for second in the NHL in wins (15).- Second in the NHL in saves (721) and even-strength saves (598).- Tied for third in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
|Tyson Barrie||– Tied for ninth among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (82).|
– Has been on the ice for the third-most shot attempts for (626) among NHL skaters.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-110, which ranks 10th among NHL defencemen.- Leads all Maple Leafs skaters and is tied for 24th among NHLers in slap shots taken (23).
|Cody Ceci||– Eighth among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (104:05).- Has started 199 shifts in the defensive zone, which is tied for the 10th-most defensive zone starts among all NHL skaters.|
|Justin Holl||– Had his first career multi-point game (0-2-2) on December 10 at Vancouver.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.8 percent at 5-on-5, which leads Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.|
|Michael Hutchinson||– Sixth among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 10 games in saves (197).|
|Zach Hyman||– Tied his career-long goal streak (3 games) with his goal on December 10 at Vancouver.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.0 percent, which ranks ninth among Toronto skaters who have played 10 games.|
– Averaging 17:44 per game in ice time through 13 games since returning from injury, which ranks fifth among Toronto forwards.
|Kasperi Kapanen||– Ranks second among Maple Leafs in points on the road with 14 (6 goals, 8 assists) in 17 road games this season.- Tied for sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (6-7-13).- One of 18 NHL skaters to have recorded at least five shorthanded shots on goal (5) and five shorthanded takeaways (5).|
|Alex Kerfoot||– Averages 12:40 per game in even-strength ice time, which ranks ninth among Toronto forwards.- Has won 59.3 percent (16 won, 11 lost) of his faceoffs over his last three games played.|
|Mitch Marner||– Ranks second among NHLers who have appeared in 25 or fewer games in assists (18).- Tied for 11th in the NHL in takeaways (29).- Ranks eighth among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.8).- Averages 2.58 assists per 60 minutes of ice time and 3.15 points per 60 minutes of ice time.|
|Auston Matthews||– Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in goals (19).- Tied for fifth among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (14).- Tied for 12th among NHL skaters in points (19-15-34).- Tied for seventh in the NHL with 118 shots on goal.- Has been on the ice for a team-high 46 of the Maple Leafs’ 103 goals.|
|Ilya Mikheyev||– Tied for fifth among NHL skaters in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Second among NHL rookies in shots on goal (76).- Tied for the lead among NHL rookies and tied for third on the Maple Leafs in even-strength points (4-13-17).- Leads NHL rookies and the Maple Leafs in even-strength assists (13).|
|Jake Muzzin||– Leads Maple Leafs defencemen in takeaways (16).- Tied for 22nd among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (9).- One of eight NHL defencemen and 23 NHL skaters to have registered at least 60 hits (67) and at least 60 shots on goal (61).- Averages 0:47 in ice time per shift, which is tied for the fourth-lowest average shift length among defencemen who average at least 21:00 per game in ice time.|
|William Nylander||– Has notched eight primary assists, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters. – Has registered at least one point in 19 of Toronto’s 32 games. – Has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 12 games against Western Conference opponents.- Has recorded five points (1-4-5) in six career games against the Flames.|
|Morgan Rielly||– Tied for 12th among NHL defencemen in points (3-18-21).- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points|
(3-12-15).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (12).- Ranks 10th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:41).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.6).- Has 10 assists in 17 road games this season.
|Jason Spezza||– Averaging 3.1 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season, which ranks third among Toronto skaters.- Has recorded 10 (4-6-10) of his 12 points this season in 13 road games.|
|John Tavares||– Has 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in 14 career games against Calgary.- Averaging 2.80 shots on goal per game, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Leads the Maple Leafs in faceoff wins (231). Ranks second among NHLers who have played 25 or fewer games in faceoff wins.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 56.2 percent when the Maple Leafs are leading in games.|
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
|Zach Hyman||Has goals (4) in three consecutive games.|
|Mitch Marner||Has assists (4) in two consecutive games.|
|Auston Matthews||Has goals (3) in two consecutive games.|
|Frederik Andersen||One win from 200 career NHL wins.|
|Pontus Aberg||Maple Leaf debut (December 7 at St. Louis)First point as a Maple Leaf (December 7 at St. Louis)|
|Andreas Johnsson (Leg)||On injured reserve.|
|Trevor Moore (Shoulder)||On injured reserve.|
|Man Games Lost: 66|
|December 6||– Placed forward Andreas Johnsson on the LTIR.|
– Recalled forwards Pontus Aberg and Nic Petan, as well as defenceman Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
FLAMES LAST GAME HIGHLIGHTS DECEMBER 10, 2019
– CALGARY FLAMES  vs. ARIZONA COYOTES 
The Calgary Flames entered the Gila River Arena on the second game of a back-to-back for the Flames. This one was all Flames as they jumped out to an early two-goal lead in the first period thanks to Michael Frolik and Johnny Gaudreau. The Flames would add another two goals in the second period and one in the third to take this one 5-2 over the Coyotes to extend their winning-streak to six straight games. CGY GOAL SCORERS: Frolik (3), Gaudreau (7), Rinaldo (2), Monahan (10), Lucic (3) GOALIE: Cam Talbot (46-48, .958 Sv%) THREE STARS: Cam Talbot, Michael Frolik, Jakob Chychrun FLAMES LAST FIVE RESULTS, RECORD: 5-0-0-0
FLAMES RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Dec. 10 – recalled Matthew Phillips (RW) from Stockton (AHL) Dec. 4 – assigned Austin Czarnik (C) to Stockton (AHL) on conditioning stint. Dec. 1 – assigned Alexander Yelesin (D) to Stockton (AHL) Nov. 25 – activated TJ Brodie (D) off IR; assigned Brandon Davidson (D) to Stockton (AHL) Nov. 20 – recalled Tobias Rieder (RW) and Alexander Yelesin (D) from Stockton (AHL); placed Sam Bennett (LW/C) on LTIR Nov. 19 – recalled Zac Rinaldo (LW) from Stockton (AHL); assigned Tobias Rieder (RW) to Stockton (AHL) Nov. 17 – recalled Dillon Dube (C) from Stockton (AHL); assigned Alan Quine (C) to Stockton (AHL) Nov. 15 – recalled Oliver Kylington (D) from Stockton; placed Juuso Valimaki (D) on LTIR
FLAMES RECENT INJURIES (Total man games lost – 45) Matthew Tkachuk: 1 Game – Upper Body (Dec. 10) Travis Hamonic: 6 Games – Lower Body (Nov. 19 – Nov. 30) TJ Brodie: 5 Games – Undisclosed (Nov. 16 – Nov. 23) Austin Czarnik: 18 Games – Upper Body (Oct. 5) / Lower Body (Oct. 26 – Nov. 30) Sam Bennett: 13 Games – Lower Body (Oct. 20 – Oct. 22)/ Upper Body (Nov. 17 – Dec. 10) Andrew Mangiapane: 2 Games – Upper Body (Oct. 19 – Oct. 20) Calgary Flames:
TONIGHT’S STORYLINES This is the first of two matchups this season between the Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flames and Leafs split the seasonseries in 2018-19 with both teams winning on the road. This is a Western Conference against Eastern Conference matchup; this season the Flames have a record of 9-3-1 against Eastern Conference opponents and a record of 5-0-0 against the Atlantic Division.
6IX: The Flames come into tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs on a six-game win streak that started back on November 27th in Buffalo. The Flames have also picked up points in eight-straight games with a record of 7-0-1. The Flames are yet to lose under new interim Head Coach, Geoff ward and have outscored their opponents 24-15 over this win-streak. This is currently the longest active win streak in the NHL.
SHOW ME THE MONEY: Flames centre, Sean Monahan is currently riding a seven-game-point-streak coming into tonight. During this point streak Monahan has five goals and three assists for eight points. He is also riding a four-game-goal-streak dating back to December 5th against the Sabres. The 25-year-old is now up to 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points in 33 games this season.
DEADLY DEPTH: Since Geoff Ward took over the Flames depth lines have produced on this six-game win streak. Derek Ryan, Milan Lucic, Zac Rinaldo, Michael Frolik and Dillon Dube had a combined 19 points in 26 games prior to Geoff Ward taking over as head coach; since Geoff Ward, those same players have combined for 23 points in six games. Another major contributor during this streak is Tobias Rieder who now three points in the last four games.
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: The Flames return home after a successful two-game road trip that saw them take down the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes in back-to-back nights. The Flames have a home record of 9-3-2 this season and have a +10 goal differential at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Sean Monahan leads the way for the Flames on home ice with 14 points (5G, 9A) in 14 games.
DID YOU KNOW?: With his goal on Tuesday and his 389th point of his career, Sean Monahan passed Joe Mullen’s 388 points for the 15th most points in Calgary Flames franchise history. Geoff Ward coached in his 900th NHL career game on Tuesday against the Avalanche. Ward’s coaching career includes being an assistant for the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, and an Associate Coach and now Interim Head Coach in Calgary.
HOW THE FLAMES WERE BUILT: (* = injured) Draft (12): Andersson, Backlund, *Bennett, Brodie, Dube, Gaudreau, Jankowski, Kylington, Mangiapane, Monahan, Phillips, Tkachuk Free Agents (7): Frolik, Giordano, Rittich, Rieder, Rinaldo, Ryan, Talbot Trade (5): Lindholm, Lucic, Hamonic, Hanifin, Stone CALGARY FLAMES vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GAME INFO: Calgary Flames vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Game #34, Home Game #15) 7:00pm MT Scotiabank Saddledome TV: SNW Radio: Sportsnet 960
2019-20 Season Series: 0-0-0-0 (Home: 0-0-0-0, Road: 0-0-0-0)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS vs. TORONTO: Derek Ryan earned his first career NHL assist on November 22, 2016 against the Maple Leafs. Elias Lindholm notched the 200th point of his career which turned out to be a game-winning-goal on October 29, 2108 in Toronto. Mark Giordano scored his first career NHL goal against his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs on October 14, 2006. Tobias Rieder noted his 100th career NHL point, a goal, on November 20, 2017 against the Maple Leafs.
CALGARY TIES ON THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: William Nylander was born in Calgary while is father, Michael was playing for the Flames from 1997-98 to 1998 – 99. His father played in a total of 64 games scoring 15 goals and notching 26 assists 41 points with the Flames.
TORONTO TIES ON THE CALGARY FLAMES: The Flames have a number of players from Toronto or the greater Toronto area. From Toronto are Flames Captain, Mark Giordano and forward Andrew Mangiapane. From the greater Toronto area is Sam Bennett (Holland Landing), Sean Monahan (Brampton), and Zac Rinaldo (Mississauga).
FLAMES RECENT MILESTONES: Matthew Tkachuk notched his 200th career NHL point with a goal on Dec. 9 at COL Dillon Dube recorded his first career multi-point game with a goal and an assist on Dec. 7 vs. LAK Mikael Backlund notched his 200th career assist on Dec. 7 vs. LAK Milan Lucic scored his 200th career goal on Dec. 7 vs. LAK Milan Lucic scored his first goal as a member of the Calgary Flames Tobias Rieder skated in his 400th career NHL game on Dec. 5 vs. BUF
FLAMES CAREER MILESTONES WITHIN REACH: GAMES PLAYED: Milan Lucic 47 GP GOALS: Michael Frolik Milan Lucic 7 G ASSISTS: Milan Lucic 23 A POINTS: Milan Lucic 30 PTS PENALTY MINUTES: Milan Lucic 52 PIMs WINS: Cam Talbot 4 Wins Noah Hanifin – 98 assists (2 away from 100) TJ Brodie – 598 games (2 away from 600) Cam Talbot – 297 games played (3 away from 300); 286 starts (14 away from 300) David Rittich – 92 games played (9 away from 100); 83 starts (18 away from 100) Sean Monahan – 389 point (11 away from 400) Elias Lindholm – 289 points (11 away from 300); 487 games (13 away from 500); 184 assists (16 away from 200) .
Kawhi Leonard was welcomed back to Toronto with a special tribute video and his Championship ring. Kawhi Leonard received his NBA Championship hardware on Wednesday night in his first return to Toronto since joining the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason. The Raptors welcomed the NBA Finals MVP in a pregame ceremony, which included a tribute […]New on SI: Kawhi Leonard Receives Ring and Warm Welcome in Toronto Return — Focus News Agency
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019
Toronto: T. MacMaster (7) PP (T. Liljegren, M. Read), D. Archibald (6) PP (N. Baptiste, T. Liljegren), G. Wilson (6) PP (K. Agostino, K. Kaskisuo), M. Marchment (1) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (22/27)
Utica: L. Jasek (6) (J. Bailey, K. Lind), F. Perron (5) (N. Goldobin, C. Camper), G. Brisebois (3) (R. Boucher, B. Rafferty), L. Jasek (7) (N. Goldobin), K. Lind (7) PP (S. Baertschi, B. Rafferty), R. Boucher (18) EN (S. Baertschi, A. Sautner)
Goaltender: M. DiPietro (27/31)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Tanner MacMaster scored on the power play at 17:16 of the first period. This was his second power play goal of the season. MacMaster has 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) through 24 games this season.
- Darren Archibald scored on the power play at 12:51 of the second period. Archibald has six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in his last eight games.
- Garrett Wilson scored on the power play at 19:58 of the second period. Wilson has nine points (6 goals, 3 assists) in 22 games this season. Wilson has points (1 goal, 1 assist) in consecutive games.
- Mason Marchment scored at 12:08 of the third period. This was Marchment’s first goal of the season through four games.
- Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on MacMaster’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Archibald’s second period goal. This is Liljegren’s second multi-point game of the season. Liljegren has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) through 22 games.
- Matt Read registered the secondary assist on MacMaster’s first period goal. Read has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) through 19 games this season.
- Nick Baptiste picked up the primary assist on Archibald’s second period goal. Baptiste has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) through 16 games this season.
- Kenny Agostino had the primary assist on Wilson’s second period goal. Agostino has 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) in his last 12 games.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 22 of the 27 shots he faced. He recorded the secondary assist on Wilson’s third period power play goal. Kaskisuo is now 9-2-1-0 on the season with a .916 Save Percentage and a 2.42 Goals Against Average.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on December 1 that Greg Moore was named head coach of the Toronto Marlies. He will join the Marlies on December 16.
- Assistant coaches Rob Davison and A.J. MacLean assumed duties behind the bench for tonight’s game Utica. Toronto is 7-3-0-0 under Davison and MacLean.
- Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and was 3-for-4 on the power play. Toronto last scored three power play goals in one game on March 15, 2019 in a 5-4 win against Hershey.
- Toronto had a 31-28 edge in shots in all situations. Timothy Liljegren led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 7-2-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 1-2-0-0 against the Utica Comets.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (13)
- Assists: J. Bracco (18)
- Points: K. Agostino (23)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: K. Agostino (49)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+13)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (52)
- The Marlies are 4-2-0-0 when tied after the first period and 3-3-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 7-2-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 2-3-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 3-2-0-0 in December.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Mason Marchment has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Garrett Wilson has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks left tonight’s game against Utica in the second period and did not return.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica.
- Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for tonight’s game against Utica. Heleft Toronto’s game against San Antonio on December 8 in the first period and did not return.
- December 9: Recalled forward Brady Ferguson from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
ASSISTANT COACH A.J. MacLEAN
On the beginning of the second period where Utica scored four goals in 2:37:
Like you said, it was eventful, it was emotional. We lost our composure for probably five minutes and that was the game right there. I think the guys after that and before that played hard, played well but for five minutes, we really lost our focus and that was it.
On the explanation on Toronto’s second period non-goal:
It was just that we were getting a penalty as well so the play was dead basically.
On whether the third period was the best period by Toronto:
I thought the first period was really good too. I thought we came out and really played hard in the first. Like I said the five minutes in the second, we lost our way and then the third, we came out and just played hockey again so it’s something that we really just need to do, just to figure out how to put together three solid periods and we’ll be all right.
December 14 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET
December 15 vs Rockford – 4:00 p.m. ET
December 21 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
December 26 vs Belleville – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
December 27 at Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET
(19-7) LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS, 112 VS. (16-8) TORONTO RAPTORS, 92 SCOTIABANK ARENA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019
TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES
NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)
On the team’s shooting … I thought we came out pretty revved up and executing really well. I thought we were really flying around out there and I thought it looked like it was going to be a hell of a ball game and then we went through a really dry spell offensively and deflated us I think, all the way through the second quarter and into the half. Again we came out and started, I think we were scoring it okay there. Got off to a good start in the third and started getting a few a stops and I thought played some really solid man-to-man defence, got back in the game and then dried up a little bit again at the offensive end. I think we got it down to five and felt like we were in a really good position there to be in the game then they went on a like an 11-0 run or something, maybe 12-0 run to end the quarter and it got a little tough again.
On Kyle Lowry forcing shots… Well, I don’t know, Kyle has seven threes there and I am just trying to think if any of them were really bad ones and I can’t recall if they were forced, not open. I think they were decent shots, he is just in one of those grooves that he is not making some right now. We will get to work on that and look at it. He goes through some shooting woes every now and then for a few games and snaps out of it. He is too good of a shooter to do that.
On being happy that you can finally move on from last year … Well, we keep saying that we are going to move on from it, but then Danny Green will roll into town here pretty soon and we will do it all over again. I think again, we are in a period where were not playing very well here for about a week. It’s strange because, last Monday against Utah we may have played the best half of basketball we have ever seen in this building. So, things can change quickly, it is a fine line between things and we just have to get back to a little bit of who we are, which is very good defensively, ball movement and a good shooting team and we will do that.
On Kawhi Leonard tonight … I think that everybody knew he was going to get a warm reception tonight and deservedly so. I thought we were doing a pretty good job on him. We decided to go straight up in the second half and he shook free a little bit more, but I still thought we, he was eight of 14, not a big deal, 23 points I think you are going to live with as well. We held (Paul) George down pretty well, but Lou Williams I thought was a guy that during the stretch when they pulled away was incredible, especially to end the half and he can do that too. But Kawhi played good, he was efficient tonight, I thought he passed the ball well, he was strong in there, we were hitting him a lot and he was battling through some double teams early in the game and he played well.
PASCAL SIAKAM (24 points, four rebounds)
Where did things go wrong after the first quarter? They got stops and we weren’t making shots. They got stops and they were scoring on the other side. We couldn’t respond for a good period of time. Given the lead, down by – what, 18 at the half? – it’s always tough when you are down that much. We made a run in the second half and got it down to six or something, just couldn’t hold on.
Is the team confident shots will start falling? We hope so. We are going to continue to shoot them and just continue to play our offence and making sure that we make plays for each other and take the shots that are there. We can’t shy away from it because they aren’t going in. Continue to move the ball, play as a team and shoot open shots.
KYLE LOWRY (six points, four rebounds, six assists)
What went wrong after the first quarter? They made shots, played more aggressive than us and we just did not make enough shots offensively.
Are you happy with the looks the team is getting on offence? I think the shots are coming. I think we put ourselves in predicaments where we are getting some good shots, but we have to create better shots, drive, kick, swing a little bit more. Help our defence with our offence making some shots.
Thoughts on pregame ceremony for Kawhi… It was great. It’s well deserved, he helped this franchise do amazing things and he got his ring. I think he was pretty happy with it.
Is it a relief to have this game over with? It was a game we lost, we didn’t play well and it’s over with now. It was a great moment and it’s well deserved and with Danny (Green) coming in, it will be another great moment, but other than that, we are just moving on throughout the season.
(19-7) LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS, 112 VS. (16-8) TORONTO RAPTORS, 92 SCOTIABANK ARENA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS QUOTES
DOC RIVERS (HEAD COACH)
What’s the greatest areas of growth you have seen in the team in the last couple of games? The defence tonight was phenomenal, and then our patience. We anticipated the traps and I thought our guys did a great job, like PG (Paul George), Kawhi (Leonard) and Lou (Williams), we talked about it in shootaround, just let them come, move the ball and find the open guy. I thought our passing in the first half probably was the best we’ve had all year. But we did it because of the traps and our guys were patient. A lot of times guys want to force it. Early in the year we would have forced it. When we played them earlier in the year we didn’t handle them very well and tonight I thought our guys were phenomenal. Other than the first quarter, I thought our defence was absolutely wonderful.
On the defence in the second quarter… We kept telling our guys, the way we’re playing offensively we’re going to keep scoring but if they keep scoring it’s going to be a close game. At some point, one of the two teams is going to play defence and it was us in the second quarter. They made a run in the third quarter and Rex (Kalamian) went to what we call a zone. I’m not sure what that defence is yet but it was effective. We just have so many long guys where we can do so much switching, we can be really good defensively.
Could you sense what the moment meant to Kawhi Leonard? It meant a lot. Again, some players just don’t let you in but I can tell you that ovation to him was very heartfelt, there’s no doubt about that. It meant a lot to him. I thought what the Raptors did overall, the video, the players coming out, all of them who played with him, that’s the best that I have seen since I’ve been in the league. That’s a really classy move by the organization and then by the fans as well.
PATRICK PATTERSON (11 points, seven rebounds, two assists)
On the Raptors championship series … I watched every game. Once we exited the playoffs, the Raptors were pretty much the only thing that I watched just because of Pascal (Siakam), Fred (VanVleet), Kyle (Lowry), (and) Serge (Ibaka). You know, guys that I’ve known from playing here and also guys that I’ve known for some time. Just rooting for them (and) cheering for them, so I’ve watched every single game throughout the playoffs.
On how Clippers defence is a key part of the team chasing a championship this year… It feels good to be able to take that as an opportunity to compete for a championship. It’s all about finding identity, finding roles, buying into the system, seeing how superstars with key role players accept their jobs and play those jobs to the best of their ability, and that’s what we have here. We’re still growing. We’re still getting better … There’s still so much room for improvement. There’s still so much we need to get better at, but this game here today, in Toronto, was a step in the right direction.
KAWHI LEONARD (23 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals)
On the Raptors tribute video and crowd ovation… It was great. It was a great moment. They did a great job putting it together. Having all the players out there that won it with me, standing there and presenting the ring – it was great.
How was that moment with Kyle Lowry before the game? We just laughed at it. I knew he was going to present me the ring before the game. Just a lot of memories ran through our head. We just laughed.
Did you get a chance to take a look at the ring? Yes, I got it after the game. Sat at my locker with it for a little bit. I just admired it and remembered all of the memories and the hard work that went into it.
Does this feel like this chapter is officially over for you now? As far as winning a championship it pretty much comes full circle now. Being able to get the room and see the result of the hard work, it’s more than that. It’s just a journey. For me, as far as playing, for the city, the chapter was closed once I came over to play with the Clippers. Still love the city. Those guys on the team, the players, the coaching staff, still have love for them. I wish them the best.
Has it sunk in how much this city loved you and what you meant to them? Yes, they did a great job last year of embracing me, embracing the team and helping us get to the finals, just cheering us on the whole way, throughout the whole journey. It wasn’t even about tonight. They did a great job last year.
Are you getting any similar feelings with the Clippers in terms of what the potential of this team is? It’s still early. Obviously that’s my goal every year is to compete my heart out and have fun on the court, set that high standard so we can push each other every day. I think we’re still doing it right now. Last year, I didn’t know where we were at. We were playing great, but I never said we were going to win. We always just put that mindset in of having that confidence that we could win, just pushed every day to get better.
What have you seen of Pascal Siakam this year? He is their go-to guy now and with me leaving I knew that it would make him better carrying that load. He did last year in some of the games I was out. He’s able to grow now and become the player he wants to be without me being there. He’s going a great job. He’s more aggressive, shooting the three with more confidence and he’s approaching every game with the same mindset.
On the growth of OG Anunoby? I’m happy for him. He’s out there being aggressive, doing his job, shooting the ball great. It’s about your mindset. Not being scared of the moment. That’s when you’re going to get better in a game. He’s shooting shots at practice that you don’t shoot in a game it’s never going to translate. I see him doing that. He worked on his shot and his form is looking a lot better.
Were you conscious of not letting the emotion of the ceremony carryover into the game? It’s my ninth year. I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs of emotions as far as going through playoffs and having bad and good games. It’s kind of like that, kind of controlling it. Coming out in that first four minutes that was in the game plan they were bringing of putting two on the ball when me and Paul were in position, double teaming my post-ups. When that happens I’m going to take my time and just wait for my open shot to come. That’s what I tried to do.
FINAL SCORE: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 112, TORONTO RAPTORS 92
DATE: DECEMBER 11, 2019
ATTENDANCE: 20,144 (Sellout)
FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS
LA Clippers 112 19-7 Leonard – 23 Zubac – 8 Williams – 8
Toronto 92 16-8 Siakam – 24 Gasol – 11 Gasol/Lowry -6
KEY RUN Leading 76-71 with 3:43 remaining in the third, Los Angeles ended the quarter with 12 straight points to lead 88-71 after three … The Clippers led by double figures the entire fourth quarter.
KEY STAT The Clippers’ bench scored 44 points, compared to 18 for Toronto’s reserves … Los Angeles’ second unit combined for 23 points in the second quarter as the Clippers outscored Toronto 37-14 in the period.
RAPTORS NOTES: • With the loss, Toronto falls to 16-8 this season and 9-3 at home … The Raptors have now dropped four of their last five games (Dec. 3-11) … Toronto continues a three-game homestand (Dec. 11-16) Saturday night against the Nets. • The Raptors have lost three in a row at home for the first time since Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2015. • Toronto shot .352 (31-for-88) from the field and has shot below 40 per cent from the floor in three of the last five games (Dec. 3-11). • Pascal Siakam scored a game-high 24 points (9-20 FG, 1-4 3PT, 5-5 FT) in 35 minutes … Siakam has scored 20+ points in three of the last four games (Dec. 5-11); averaging 21.5 points during this span. • Norman Powell scored 22 points (7-11 FG, 2-5 3PT, 6-6 FT) in 34 minutes … Powell scored 20+ points for the fifth time this season; something he did four times in 60 games in 2018-19. • The Raptors had four players score double figures – Siakam (24), Powell (22), OG Anunoby (13) and Terence Davis ll (10) … Davis scored 10 or more for the eighth time. • Marc Gasol grabbed a game-high 11 boards – his fourth game with 10+ rebounds this season. • Fred VanVleet missed his second straight game (Dec. 9-11) with a right knee contusion.
CLIPPERS NOTES: • With the win, Los Angeles improves to 19-7 on the season and 6-6 on the road … The Clippers have won three straight games (Dec. 1-11) and are now 5-1 in the month of December … Los Angeles continues a six-game road trip (Dec. 6-14) Friday night at Minnesota. • The Clippers swept the season-series with Toronto for the second time in the last three seasons. • Los Angeles had a 50-47 advantage on the glass and improved to perfect 14-0 this season when out rebounding its opponent. • The Clippers improved to 8-2 this season with both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard in the lineup. • Former Raptor Kawhi Leonard finished with a game-high 23 points, five rebounds and six assists in 31 minutes in his first game back in Toronto. • The Clippers had seven players score in double digits – Leonard (23), Lou Williams (18), Maurice Harkless (14), Paul George (13), Patrick Beverley (11), Patrick Patterson (11) and Montrezl Harrell (10) … Beverley left the game early in the third quarter with a concussion.