March Madness Live Blog: Ohio State – Syracuse

I’ll be covering the Ohio State – Syracuse game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 7:00 PM EST this evening.

March Madness Live Blog: Michigan State – Louisville

I’ll be covering the Michigan State – Louisville game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 7:40 PM EST this evening.

Raptors “Tank” On Canadian Forces Night

In a beautiful sense of irony, Toronto’s season in which they find clever ways to “tank” games to garner more lottery balls was a rousing success during Canadian Forces night.

With Toronto wearing their camouflage jerseys on Canadian Forces Night – and some players wearing equally horrible camo kicks – the Raptors showed an inability to battle through adversity in the fourth quarter and lost to the Chicago Bulls 94-83.

DeMar DeRozan exploded out of the gate scoring the first five points of the game for Toronto. He then added nine of Toronto’s first 15 points while going an impressive 4-6 from the field.

Things continued to roll early in the second quarter as DeRozan had 15 of Toronto’s first 31 points. He did this while shooting an efficient 7-13 from the field.

DeRozan finished the game with 23 points after being slowed down by a creative Bulls defence.

“They kept on switching up the match-ups,” Casey explained to me. “(Luol) Deng was on him some. Ronnie Brewer was on him some. Kyle Korver, who is a great lock-and-go guy was on him some. They started switching out onto their big guys onto the pin downs that we have for DeMar and that was effective.

“That’s what you’ve got to have someone else step up and take things over. I thought DeMar did have it going and we were trying to go to him in those situations, but again, Chicago is not chopped liver. Again, we competed for I’d say three and a half quarters of the game.”

Things were going smoothly for Toronto until the fourth quarter hit. With a 69-62 lead heading into the final quarter, Toronto collapsed.

Sorry, let me rephrase that: it was an epic collapse.

Chicago opened the quarter on a 22-3 run fueled by the strong play of John Lucas (12 points) and Kyle Korver (10 points).

What’s ironic is that all of the points Lucas and Korver scored were the only points either played score during the course of the entire game.

Toronto wasn’t able to regroup from this late surge from Chicago as they were held to a 13 points in the fourth quarter. Just shy off the season-low they scored against Chicago earlier this season.

Ouch.

“They came down and made tough shots,” Casey told the media when asked about Korver and Lucas. “I thought (Kyle) Korver got going. He and John Lucas did a heck of a job of making their shots. In those situations where you know a championship team is turning up the screws you have to make every play.”

Besides Korver and Lucas, the failure to hold onto the lead in the fourth quarter comes down to Toronto’s inability to execute during key stretches.

“They had a 15-3 run at the nine minute mark that changed the game,” a frustrated Dwane Casey lamented to the media after the loss. “They are one of the best defensive teams in the league and I thought we went toe-to-toe with them until that mark. That’s when they turned it up. We didn’t execute and I thought we had some good looks in those situations but we didn’t knock ‘em down.”

Sure, this loss is one of the tougher ones for Raptor fans to swallow, but at least they can take solace that it helped the team earn some more lottery balls.

It’s just a shame Toronto didn’t show more fight on a Canadian Forces Night.

Live Blog: New Mexico – Louisville

Are you ready for March Madness? If you’re stuck at a wedding or some other event, I’m going to help you out by providing you with a Live Blog of the New Mexico – Louisville game this evening.

I’ll be covering the game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 9:40 PM EST this evening.

Live Blog: Saint Louis – Memphis

Are you ready for March Madness? If you’re stuck at the office today I’m going to help you out by providing you with a Live Blog of the Saint Louis – Memphis game this evening.

I’ll be covering the game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 6:50 PM EST this evening.

Live Blog: North Carolina State – San Diego State

Are you ready for March Madness? If you’re stuck at the office today I’m going to help you out by providing you with a Live Blog of the North Carolina State – San Diego State game this afternoon.

I’ll be covering the game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 12:30 PM EST this afternoon.

Live Blog: Harvard – Vanderbilt

Are you ready for March Madness? If you’re stuck at the office today I’m going to help you out by providing you with a Live Blog of the Harvard – Vanderbilt game this afternoon.

I’ll be covering the game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 4:30 PM EST this afternoon.

Live Blog: Colorado State – Murray State

Are you ready for March Madness? If you’re stuck at the office today I’m going to help you out by providing you with a Live Blog of the Colorado State – Murray State game this afternoon.

I’ll be covering the game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 12:00 PM EST this afternoon.

Game Notes: Toronto 99 – Milwaukee 105

* People will be talking about Jerry Bayless’ offense, but what caught my attention was his defense. Brandon Jennings came into the game averaging 26 points per game this month and he was held to 11 points while going 4-14 from the field. Bayless’ defense resulted in a 24 second shot clock violation late in the first half and frustrated Jennings throughout the game. When I asked Bayless about his approach to guarding Jennings he told me, “Sometimes we would try to trap him but most of the game I just tried to front him and force him into taking tough shots.”

* One of the turning points in the game was the phantom foul call on Bayless while Jennings was attempting a three-pointer. Jennings went 1-3 from the free throw line. As Rasheed Wallace would say, “Ball don’t lie.”

* Bayless on the team struggling late in the game: “I guess we just had a brain fart.”

* DeRozan went 4-7 from the field in the first quarter (8 points) and then went 5-15 the remainder of the game (13 points). Honestly, why can’t this kid put things together and be consistent from quarter-to-quarter? It’s maddening to watch. Sure, he scored a team-high 21 points, but seeing his play change from quarter-to-quarter is tough to watch. It’s almost as bad as the fact he attempted 22 field goals but only four free throws.

* Here’s what Scott Skiles had to say before the game: “We need these wins. Games like today are the games where you find out the will of your team, how much fight they have and things like that. Can we come in here and beat them again? This is a big game for us. Lets see how the guys react.” I imagine Coach Skiles was happy with his team rebounding from a tough first half to steal a road win.

* Drew Gooden and Ersan Illysova combined for 52 points and 18 boards. Yikes.

* Carlos Delfino was in the Raptors’ locker room after the game catching up with former teammates.

* I know there is value in Toronto holding onto Leandro Barbosa until the end of the season because of the cap space it will clear, but, what about dealing him to Indiana for a draft pick and AJ Price? It would help Toronto add some nice pieces without taking away too much financial flexibility. Plus, it would be great to see Barbosa get a chance to play in the playoffs.

Random Stats: Milwaukee has won six-straight games against Toronto… Milwaukee is 13-4 when scoring more than 100 points… Toronto is 1-10 when they allow opponents to score more than 100 points… Milwaukee ended the first half scoring seven straight points… Ed Davis had his tenth  double-digit rebounding game with his game-high 10 rebounds… Drew Gooden had his 12th game of 20 or more points… Jerryd Bayless scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter… 

Live Blog: Big 12 Championship

Baylor. Missouri. All the marbles in the Big 12.

I’ll be covering the game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 6:00 PM EST tonight.

Live Blog: Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls

Could this be the last time Dwight Howard plays on TNT Thursday wearing an Orlando Magic jersey?

I’ll be covering the game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 8:00 PM EST tonight.

Live Blog: North Carolina – Duke

Duke. North Carolina. For all the ACC marbles.

I’ll be covering the game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 7:00 PM EST tonight.

Live Blog: Knicks – Lakers

I’ll be covering the New York Knicks – Los Angeles Lakers game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 10:00 PM EST tonight.

Live Blog: Rockets – Magic

I’ll be covering the Houston Rockets – Orlando Magic game for Score Mobile. If you’re stuck somewhere without a television or just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 7:00 PM EST tonight.

Live Blog: Celtics – Knicks

I’ll be covering the Boston Celtics – New York Knicks game for Score Mobile.

If you’re stuck somewhere without a television, your family won’t let you turn it on or if you’re watching the game on television but just want more stats and a chance to add your own thoughts on the game, you can join me as I provide play-by-play coverage of the game.

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My coverage of the game will begin at 12:00 PM EST on Sunday afternoon.