Game Preview: 12/17/19 at Toronto — Buffalo Sabres Digital Press Box

GAME-DAY RESOURCES Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips LAST GAME Saturday, December 14 Buffalo 2 at NY Islanders 3 (OT) Goals: Olofsson, Eichel Goalie: Ullmark (23 saves/26 shots) PP: 2/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 35 – NY Islanders 26 CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 157) Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed […]

Game Preview: 12/17/19 at Toronto — Buffalo Sabres Digital Press Box

Kareem Hunt: Browns came out flat, didn’t play hard until halftime — ProFootballTalk

Browns running back Kareem Hunt was not happy with the effort he saw from some of his teammates in Sunday’s loss tot he Cardinals. Hunt said today that not everyone was giving 110 percent for the entire game, and that by the time the Browns were giving the kind of effort they needed, they were…

Kareem Hunt: Browns came out flat, didn’t play hard until halftime — ProFootballTalk

CAVALIERS AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: Saturday’s victory over Brooklyn was the 10th time this season the Raptors have held their opponent to under 40 per cent shooting from the field, posting an 8-2 record in those contests. Toronto currently ranks second in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.415), trailing only Milwaukee (.412).

INJURY REPORTS AT 8:30 P.M. SUNDAY

07:30 (ET) CLE@TOR

Cleveland Cavaliers Cook, Tyler Out G League – Two-Way – Wade, Dean Out G League – Two-Way – Windler, Dylan Out Injury/Illness – Left Lower Leg; Stress Reaction.

Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way – Hernandez, Dewan Out G League – On Assignment – Johnson, Stanley Out Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Stress reaction – Ponds, Shamorie Out G League – Two-Way – Thomas, Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Middle; fracture – distal phalanx – VanVleet, Fred Doubtful Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Contusion

RAPTORS NOTES

• The Toronto Raptors conclude their three-game homestand (Dec. 11-16) Monday night when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto won the season-series against the Cavaliers in 201819, taking three of the four games. It was the Raptors first season-series win vs. Cleveland since 2015-2016. Toronto has won three in a row against the Cavaliers at home. Kyle Lowry averaged 20.5 points and 7.0 assists in two games vs. Cleveland last year. • The Raptors converted nine of their 14 three-point attempts in the first quarter of Saturday night’s tilt against the Nets – one short of the franchise record for a quarter set Jan. 19, 2019 vs. Memphis. Toronto finished the game shooting 35 per cent (14-for-40) from beyond the arc. The Raptors made 15 3-pointers the previous two games combined. Toronto’s starters made all 14 three-pointers vs. Brooklyn.

Norman Powell scored 25 points Saturday night vs. Brooklyn – his second consecutive 20-point effort and sixth of the season. He had four 20-point performances in 60 games last season. Through seven games (four starts) in December, Powell is averaging 17.7 points, while shooting .536 (45-for-84) from the field and .405 (15-for-37) from three-point distance.

• Marc Gasol set season highs with 17 points and 15 rebounds Dec. 14 vs. Brooklyn – his third double-double of the season. Gasol’s 15 rebounds were his most since joining the Raptors via trade from Memphis on Feb. 7, 2019. Serge Ibaka finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds off the bench against the Nets – his second double-double in the last three games. Saturday night marked the first time Gasol and Ibaka both recorded a double-double in the same game as teammates.

• The Raptors have tallied 10 or more steals in five-of-seven games this month, after recording 10 or more steals three times in 13 games in November. Toronto leads the NBA averaging 10.6 steals in December. Norman Powell and OG Anunoby pace the Raptors totaling 13 and 12 steals, respectively, this month.

• Saturday’s victory over Brooklyn was the 10th time this season the Raptors have held their opponent to under 40 per cent shooting from the field, posting an 8-2 record in those contests. Toronto currently ranks second in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.415), trailing only Milwaukee (.412).

Pascal Siakam is one of five players in the NBA averaging 24.0+ points, 8.0+ rebounds and 3.0+ assists this season, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Luka Doncic and Karl-Anthony Towns. No Raptor has ever averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists throughout an entire season. • Toronto scored 29 of their 110 points off of turnovers Saturday against Brooklyn and currently sit second in the NBA averaging 20.4 points off of turnovers. Chicago currently leads the league averaging 21.4 points. Pascal Siakam ranks sixth in the NBA averaging 4.4 points off of turnovers this season. • December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season with 16 games and includes three back-to-back sets. The Raptors’ 11 games at Scotiabank Arena tie the franchise record for most home games in a calendar month – Toronto also played 11 games at home in March 2016. For the first time the Raptors will play at home Christmas Day when they host the Boston Celtics.


PROBABLE STARTERS

F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 29.7 REB: 5.5 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.29 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 11.3

• Finished with five points, one rebound and one assist in 21 minutes Dec. 14 vs. Brooklyn. • Toronto is 11-2 when Anunoby scores 10 or more points (Last: 13 – Dec. 11 vs. LA Clippers). • Scored in double figures in three games (Dec. 8-11); averaged 14.0 points during that span.

F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 29.7 REB: 5.5 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.29 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 11.3

• Recorded his ninth double-double with a game-high 30 points and 10 rebounds Dec. 14 vs. Brooklyn. • Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (24.5) and third in minutes per game (36.8). • Has scored 30+ points nine times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.

C – MARC GASOL #33

MIN: 29.1 REB: 6.9 AST: 3.6 STL: 0.8 TO: 1.3 BLK: 1.2 PTS: 6.8

• Posted his third double-double with season highs of 17 points and 15 rebounds Dec. 14 vs. Brooklyn. • Has collected 10+ rebounds five times this season, including each of the last two games (Dec. 11-14). • Reached 12,000 career points in the NBA Nov. 16 at Dallas.

G – NORMAN POWELL #24

MIN: 28.4 REB: 3.8 AST: 1.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.6 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 14.1

• Contributed 25 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes Dec. 14 vs. Brooklyn. • Averaging 17.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 31.2 minutes in 14 games as a starter. • Ranks second on the team in scoring (17.7 points) in December; shooting .536 (45-84) from the field.

G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 37.3 REB: 4.7 AST: 6.8 STL: 1.3 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 18.9

• Collected 17 points, six assists and three steals in 39 minutes of action Dec. 14 vs. Brooklyn. • Needs one double-double to tie Antonio Davis (110) for third on the Raptors’ all-time list (see page 3 for top-five). • Averaging 15.2 points and 7.2 assists in six games (Dec. 3-14) since returning from a left thumb injury.



INJURY REPORT Stanley Johnson (Left groin; stress reaction) – Out Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – Out Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) – TBD
Follow @Raptors_PR for practice information, injury updates and other team news.

CAVS QUICK FACTS • The Cleveland Cavaliers will complete their three-game road trip tonight when they square off against the Toronto Raptors. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season. The Cavaliers will visit Toronto again on New Year’s Eve (December 31) and wrap up their regular season series at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse next month (January 30).
• The last time Cleveland and Toronto faced off (3/11/19), the Cavs picked up a 126-101 win at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. In the victory, Cleveland dished out 27 assists on 44 made field goals and outscored the Raptors by 21 points (67-46) in the second half. The Wine & Gold also connected on 18 three-pointers (18-41, .439), shot a then 2018-19 season-high .952 (20-21) from the free throw line and had six players score in double figures (COLLIN SEXTON – 28, CEDI OSMAN – 19, ANTE ZIZIC – 17, KEVIN LOVE – 16, JORDAN CLARKSON – 14, BRANDON KNIGHT – 12). Defensively, Cleveland forced 20 turnovers, scoring 17 points off of Toronto’s miscues.
UPCOMING MILESTONES: JORDAN CLARKSON (5,992 PTS) is 8 points away from 6,000 for his career. TRISTAN THOMPSON (1,991 OREB) needs 9 offensive rebounds to join Zydrunas Ilgauskas (2,336 OREB) as the only players in Cavaliers history to accumulate 2,000+ offensive rebounds. COLLIN SEXTON (693 FGM) is 7 field goals shy of 700 for his career.
• At Milwaukee on Saturday, the Cavs dished out 27 assists and knocked down 15-of-35 (.429) shots from beyond the arc. Over the last three games, Cleveland is averaging 111.7 points, 14.3 three-pointers made (43-112, .384 3FG%) and 26.0 assists.
• In December (seven games), KEVIN PORTER JR. is shooting .500 (31-62) from the field, including .464 (13-28) from three, while averaging 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.43 steals in 23.1 minutes per game. He led the Cavs in scoring on Saturday night in Milwaukee (15 PTS).
• KEVIN LOVE enters tonight’s contest with three straight double-doubles, averaging 19.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and a .429 clip from three-point range in 32.0 minutes per game over that stretch. On the season, he has 11 double-doubles which is tied for the 18th-most in the NBA. TRISTAN THOMPSON is a few spots ahead of him with 13 double-doubles (t-12th in NBA). Love also recorded a double-double in his most recent appearance against Toronto (16 PTS and 18 REB in March 11th victory).
• TRISTAN THOMPSON had a near double-double against the Bucks on Saturday (12 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK). He also pulled down seven offensive rebounds, increasing his average to a career-best 4.1 offensive rebounds per game (3rd-most in NBA).
• JORDAN CLARKSON is shooting .509 (29-57) from the field over the last four games, while averaging 18.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 25.8 minutes per contest over that stretch. He tallied his 21st double-digit scoring outing of the season on Saturday (13 PTS) and trails only Montrezl Harrell (24) for the most 10+ point performances off the bench in the NBA this season.
• COLLIN SEXTON, who posted a game-high 28 points (10-18 FG, 4-7 3FG, 4-4 FT), four rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes the last time the Cavs played the Raptors (March 11), has scored in double figures in 24 of 26 games this season. He is also averaging a team-best 17.4 points per night.
• DARIUS GARLAND dished out five assists for the second game in a row, while adding 10 points and four rebounds in 30 minutes at Milwaukee.

LAST GAME’S STARTERS

POS NO. PLAYER HT. WT. G GS PPG RPG APG FG% MPG

F 16 CEDI OSMAN 6-7 230 19-20: 26 26 9.2 3.3 2.2 .411 28.9

F 0 KEVIN LOVE 6-8 247 19-20: 22 22 16.2 10.8 2.6 .438 30.5

C 13 TRISTAN THOMPSON 6-9 254 19-20: 25 25 13.1 9.8 2.3 .515 30.9

G 2 COLLIN SEXTON 6-1 192 19-20: 26 26 17.4 3.0 2.3 .438 30.4

G 10 DARIUS GARLAND 6-1 192 19-20: 26 26 10.7 1.9 2.9 .379 27.9


Nets’ Wilson Chandler delivers more than expected in season debut — Akahi News

Wilson Chandler had played in 656 career games, playoffs included, before Sunday. Only one — his NBA debut — had made him as anxious as this one. The veteran forward returned from his 25-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs to make his Nets debut on Sunday night in a 109-89 win over the 76ers, ending… […]

Nets’ Wilson Chandler delivers more than expected in season debut — Akahi News

Hand-sculpted hockey jerseys a ‘unique’ project for Edmonton artist — Edmonton Journal

An Edmonton artist with an enthusiasm for sports has hit the market with a series of unique, collectible sculptures of hockey jerseys. “I made this,” Janet Deane said. “How many people do we know in Edmonton who created something from start to finish? It’s not an easy thing.” It took Deane about 80 hours to […]

Hand-sculpted hockey jerseys a ‘unique’ project for Edmonton artist — Edmonton Journal

Leafs send Sandin to WJC — Toronto Sun

The ‘Sandman’ is joining Team Sweden. After starting the season with the Maple Leafs and moving down to the Marlies for more development, 2018 top pick defenceman Rasmus Sandin was released Sunday to join his native country at this month’s world junior hockey championships. The holiday tournament in the Czech Republic, which also features this …

Leafs send Sandin to WJC — Toronto Sun

Siakam not satisfied after big game against Nets — Toronto Sun

It speaks to Pascal Siakam’s desire to be one of the NBA’s best players that he didn’t sound all that pleased with himself following one of his best all-around games of the season. “It’s on me to make sure that I keep my foot on the gas, and if you want to be great you […]

Siakam not satisfied after big game against Nets — Toronto Sun

ICEHOGS 4, MARLIES 2: “I hope (Rasmus Sandin) dominates (with Sweden at the World Juniors). I hope he does really well and he gets to play with the puck and he has a lot of success. He already has good confidence, but it would be good if he came back with a nice swagger and just kept things rolling.” — A.J. MacLEAN.

TORONTO MARLIES (17-7-2-1 – 37 Points) vs. ROCKFORD ICEHOGS (15-10-0-1 – 31 Points)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2019

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Rasmus Sandin with the Maple Leafs in October.

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Rockford: J. Quenneville (6) (P. Holm, P. Kurashev), P. Kurashev (4) (M. Entwistle, N. Beaudin), J. Quenneville (7) PP (A. Wedin, B. Youds), N. Moutrey (4) EN (J. Quenneville, P. Kurashev)
Goaltender: K. Lankinen (11/13)

Toronto: R. Clune (2) (J. Schmaltz, K. Rubins), A. Brooks (7) (M. Read)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (20/23)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Rich Clune scored at 14:14 of the first period. Clune has recorded goals (2) in consecutive games.
  • Adam Brooks scored at 1:18 of the second period. Brooks has 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) through 18 games this season.
  • Jordan Schmaltz recorded the primary assist on Clune’s first period goal. This is Schmaltz 200th career AHL game. He has 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 20 games this season.
  • Kristians Rubins registered the secondary assist on Clune’s first period goal. Rubins has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last three games.
  • Matt Read picked up the lone assist on Brooks’ second period goal. Read has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) through 21 games this season.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 20 of the 23 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 9-3-1-0 on the season with a .914 Save Percentage and a 2.46 Goals Against Average. He turned away a penalty shot at 19:22 of the second period taken by MacKenzie Entwistle. This is his second successful save on a penalty shot this season.

OF NOTE…

  • Defenceman Rasmus Sandin was loaned to Team Sweden for the 2020 World Junior Championship. He has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) through 19 games with the Marlies this season.
  • Toronto has faced three penalty shots this season, with two (Oct. 5 vs Belleville and Dec. 15 vs Rockford) against Kasimir Kaskisuo and one (Dec. 8 vs San Antonio) against Joseph Woll. Toronto has stopped all three attempts.
  • 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 today’s game against Rockford. Toronto went 7-5-0-0 under Davison and MacLean, outscoring their opponents 35-34.
  • Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-2 on the power play.
  • Rockford had a 24-13 edge in shots in all situations. This is the fewest shots for Toronto in a game this season. Adam Brooks and Tyler Gaudet led the Marlies with two shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 9-3-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 0-2-0-0 against the Rockford IceHogs.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (14)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (18)
  • Points: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (24)
  • PPG: K. Agostino,E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (69)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur, G. Wilson (+12)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (58)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 6-3-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-5-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 11-3-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 5-1-1-0 in Sunday games and are 3-4-0-0 in December.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Adam Brooks has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
  • Rich Clune has goals (2) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Rockford.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for today’s game against Rockford. Heleft Toronto’s game against San Antonio on December 8 in the first period and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • December 15: Returned defenceman Martin Marincin on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • December 15: Returned forward Pontus Aberg on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • December 13: Returned forward Nic Petan on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • December 13: Reassigned defenceman Mac Hollowell by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • December 9: Recalled forward Brady Ferguson from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).

   POSTGAME QUOTES

ASSISTANT COACH A.J. MacLEAN

On the losses this weekend:
I just think we didn’t generate enough chances or anything to the net, really. Our lack of quality in the attack in the third was pretty much our demise for the weekend.

On special teams:
thought the power play looked good today. They were moving it around. There was good movement of the puck and our bodies. But it was the same as what we talked about five-on-five. We just need to generate a few more shots to the net and that’ll be the message going into next week.

On what kind of player Team Sweden will get in Rasmus Sandin at the World Juniors:
A terrific one. He’s smart, moves the puck well, he can skate and defend. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.

On what he hopes to see out of Sandin’s performance at the World Juniors:
I hope he dominates. I hope he does really well and he gets to play with the puck and he has a lot of success. He already has good confidence, but it would be good if he came back with a nice swagger and just kept things rolling.

DECEMBER 15th, 2019 – TORONTO ONTARIO CANADA – The AHL Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliate of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, take on the Rockford IceHogs at the Coca-Cola Centre in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo credit: Christian Bonin/TSGphoto.com)



NEXT GAME:

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
December 28 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET
December 31 vs Charlotte – 3:00 p.m. ET