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PHOENIX (7 - 9) at TORONTO (3 - 13)
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Friday, 11/30/2012 7:05 PM
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PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games7-9-1.75-119-698.449.844.3%50.7102.651.347.1%52.6
Road Games2-6-4.13-55-395.248.942.9%50.7107.050.247.4%54.9
Last 5 Games3-2+13-22-298.845.247.2%46.098.846.045.5%51.4
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)98.449.839-8744.3%6-1833.7%15-2173.9%511221219135
vs opponents surrendering98.149.437-8244.9%7-2135.5%17-2375.0%511122218146
Team Stats (Road Games)95.248.937-8742.9%6-1833.6%15-2170.9%511221228146
Stats Against (All Games)102.651.339-8247.1%8-1843.2%17-2374.5%531123207155
vs opponents averaging96.948.336-8244.4%7-1936.9%17-2474.0%521221208155
Stats Against (Road Games)107.050.240-8447.4%8-1846.5%19-2576.6%551125196136

TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games3-13-8.27-99-795.947.842.2%49.7101.550.645.9%54.6
Home Games2-4-2.43-33-3102.048.741.6%54.8101.048.245.2%55.3
Last 5 Games0-5-53-23-295.248.642.1%50.2104.051.646.0%57.2
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)95.947.835-8442.2%7-2134.4%18-2377.0%501121247135
vs opponents surrendering95.747.836-8343.6%7-1934.6%17-2374.9%521221218145
Team Stats (Home Games)102.048.739-9341.6%8-2237.7%16-2176.7%551422239126
Stats Against (All Games)101.550.637-8145.9%7-1938.3%20-2775.4%551023207146
vs opponents averaging96.34836-8243.9%7-1935.7%18-2376.5%521121208146
Stats Against (Home Games)101.048.237-8245.2%7-1840.2%20-2676.8%55922206176
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 94.2,  TORONTO 95.4
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/31/2012GOLDEN STATE85-87L-2L202U32-8040.0%551833-8638.4%5818
11/4/2012@ ORLANDO94-115L0L193.5O39-9142.9%551645-9248.9%5410
11/5/2012@ MIAMI99-124L13L203O35-8839.8%491147-8654.7%5415
11/7/2012@ CHARLOTTE117-110W-2.5W194O43-9346.2%611238-8743.7%5012
11/10/2012@ UTAH81-94L8.5L202.5U32-8736.8%421038-7848.7%6518
11/16/2012@ LA LAKERS102-114L9L201.5O45-9248.9%511542-8947.2%5711
11/23/2012NEW ORLEANS111-108W-5.5L195.5O44-9048.9%421040-7851.3%5218
11/25/2012@ PHILADELPHIA101-104L4W194.5O39-8347.0%501239-8148.1%438
11/27/2012@ CLEVELAND91-78W-3W200U37-7946.8%481530-8435.7%6118
11/28/2012@ DETROIT77-117L3L198U28-8234.1%501940-7652.6%5512
11/30/2012@ TORONTO              
12/2/2012@ NEW YORK              
12/4/2012@ MEMPHIS              
12/8/2012@ LA CLIPPERS              

TORONTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/3/2012@ BROOKLYN100-107L5.5L194O37-8245.1%461437-8145.7%5917
11/6/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY88-108L9L197.5U30-8435.7%461735-7447.3%5617
11/7/2012@ DALLAS104-109L7W197O36-8144.4%48839-8446.4%5811
11/13/2012@ INDIANA74-72W9W185.5U26-7236.1%511224-7532.0%5512
11/17/2012@ BOSTON89-107L7L187O30-7042.9%431543-7656.6%4413
11/20/2012@ PHILADELPHIA98-106L5.5L183O37-8245.1%551140-8547.1%468
11/21/2012@ CHARLOTTE97-98L2.5W193.5O37-8046.2%461436-8641.9%5812
11/23/2012@ DETROIT90-91L1.5W192U32-7841.0%461136-7846.2%5814
11/25/2012SAN ANTONIO106-111L6W195.5O40-11036.4%741244-10342.7%6311
11/27/2012@ HOUSTON101-117L6L202.5O42-8648.8%441644-8353.0%4714
11/28/2012@ MEMPHIS82-103L10.5L189U29-7439.2%411738-8047.5%6012
12/3/2012@ DENVER              
12/5/2012@ SACRAMENTO              
12/7/2012@ UTAH              
12/9/2012@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/10/2012@ PORTLAND              
PHOENIX: GUARDS: With Steve Nash gone, GORAN DRAGIC takes over at the point. He was a monster as a starter in Houston late last year, and he's familiar with Phoenix's system from his time there as Nash's backup . . . SHANNON BROWN is one of the league's better sixth men and could end up seeing close to starter minutes this year. Once just a raw athlete, he's made major strides as a shooter and ball-handler . . . KENDALL MARSHALL was a bit of a product of an absurdly talented supporting cast in college at UNC. He's got work to do to become an NBA-caliber starter, but he'll be capable enough as a backup point guard as a rookie . . . SEBASTIAN TELFAIR still can't hit an open jump shot, but will factor into the backcourt rotation. FORWARDS: LUIS SCOLA steps in as the starting four. While he's in his 30's and an underwhelming athlete, he's crafty and relentless . . . JARED DUDLEY will continue to be their main catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. It might take a while to develop an on-court chemistry with Dragic . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY has a chance to grab a starting spot. He rarely has his head on straight, but he can score . . . CHANNING FRYE, the sharp-shooting 7-footer, will likely miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart, but this condition is expected to completely heal . . . WESLEY JOHNSON gets a fresh start. He needs to start knocking down shots to land a rotation spot . . . MARKIEFF MORRIS showed flashes as a rookie, but has to make better decisions on the offensive end. He'll be a key on the second unit . . . Well-traveled P.J. TUCKER earned himself a roster spot with an impressive Summer League. CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT had a great year-and-a-half alongside Steve Nash, and he'll have to prove he can create in the low post a little more. But he's a skilled big man who should pair nicely with Luis Scola as a scorer and passer in the post . . . Injury-riddled JERMAINE O'NEAL is still a strong low-post defender and shot-blocker.
TORONTO: GUARDS: KYLE LOWRY is healthy again and will be handed the reigns. He could be the Raptors best player on both ends of the floor . . . As of now, JOSE CALDERON is still on the roster, but he's not long for Toronto with Lowry's arrival. He won't start over Lowry, but he could see decent minutes as the Raptors attempt to showcase him . . . With Toronto's influx of new talent, DeMAR DeROZAN could be marginalized on the offensive end. He hasn't really progressed past the dunker/raw athlete stage of his career . . . Rookie TERRENCE ROSS can just about match DeRozan's athleticism, and while he has no handle, he's a potentially deadly three-point threat . . . JOHN LUCAS III will back up both guard spots . . . ALAN ANDERSON returns as a defensive stopper in the second unit. FORWARDS: ANDREA BARGNANI makes his triumphant return and will likely go back to the perimeter. The Raptors have beefed up in the middle so Bargnani can play outside more . . . LANDRY FIELDS plays enough defense to earn minutes, but it seems like his signing was more a result of Toronto playing cap games to try to land Steve Nash. He'll likely platoon with Terrence Ross . . . ED DAVIS made some strides this offseason, but he's still not where the Raptors want him to be on the offensive end . . . LINAS KLEIZA's knee should be in better shape this season. The Raptors want more shooting, and he has a chance to grab a bigger role . . . Toronto will do everything it can to get out from under AMIR JOHNSON's contract . . . DOMINIC McGUIRE figures to occupy the final seat on the Raptors bench. CENTERS: JONAS VALANCIUNAS would have been the No. 2 pick of the draft had he come out a year later. He's a wiry, strong athlete who's physical down low with soft touch out to 10 feet. Toronto sees him as a franchise cornerstone who meshes nicely with Bargnani . . . AARON GRAY should provide ample competition for the starting center job.
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*Suns-Raptors Preview* ======================


Phoenix (7-9) at Toronto (3-13), 7:00 p.m. EDT

After their six-game road trip took an embarrassing turn, the Phoenix Suns could have an ideal opportunity for redemption Friday night.

They will be visiting a city where they've dominated in recent years and facing one of the league's worst teams in a matchup with the sliding Toronto Raptors.

Phoenix (7-9) had won three of four and split the first two games on this trip before a 117-77 loss at Detroit on Wednesday. It was the third-largest margin of defeat in franchise history, and it came against a Pistons team which entered with a 4-11 record.

The game was still within reach at halftime as the Suns trailed by 11, but they were tagged with four technical fouls in the third quarter and the Pistons outscored them 62-33 in the second half.

"We just lost control and we did not play well," point guard Goran Dragic said. "We were frustrated and we lost control and our minds and a couple technicals. We could not make a basket or the right play. Just overall it was a terrible game for us."

Dragic was held to a season-low 10 points for the second time in three games as the Suns shot a season-worst 34.1 percent from the field. They allowed 25 points on a season-high 19 turnovers and let Detroit hit 12 of 16 3-pointers.

"I wish it was an easier way to say this but we (stunk) in every part of the game," coach Alvin Gentry said. "There was nothing that we did that you could say was even NCAA quality. There's not anything to say."

Gentry's team has yet to string together more than two straight wins while ranking last in the league in points allowed (102.6 per game) and opponents' 3-point shooting (43.2 percent).

"We have to find a way to gain consistency in what we are doing," Gentry said. "We cannot e night where we play well and then come back the next night and not compete."

Maybe playing the struggling Raptors (3-13) will help provide an answer. Toronto owns the NBA's second-worst record and has lost six straight.

Plus, the Suns have won seven in a row north of the border since a loss Jan. 4, 2004. Only one of those games was decided by fewer than 12 points.

Like Phoenix in its last game, the Raptors were within striking distance at the half, losing by one Wednesday at Memphis. They proceeded to shoot 30.6 percent in the second half as they were outscored by 20 en route to a 103-82 defeat.

Poor second-half play has become a troubling trend. The Raptors have led or been tied at halftime in half of their 16 games, and they've been outscored in the second half in seven of the last 10.

"We have to look at it now and be sick and tired of losing coming out of the second half," said DeMar DeRozan, averaging a team-leading 18.1 points. "We have to realize that and understand that we are doing it to ourselves. We have to man up in the second half and jump on other teams."

Second-leading scorer Andrea Bargnani (17.9 ppg) is questionable after an ankle injury forced him to sit out against the Grizzlies. He is averaging 21.4 points in 10 games against the Suns, his highest career mark versus any opponent.

Toronto lost 14 straight in the series before Bargnani scored 36 in a 99-96 win at Phoenix on Jan. 24 in the teams' last meeting.

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