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P. Siakam29 MIN, 18 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 6-13 FG, 0-4 3FG, 6-7 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 9 +/-

Siakam was active on defense with one steal and one block, jumping in passing lanes like we are used to seeing him do. Even though his three-point shot wasn’t falling he was able to get to the basket with some nasty spin-moves and could have been even more aggressive.

O. Anunoby21 MIN, 4 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 5 +/-

This was one of those games where Anunoby was invisible for large stretches. He has just six field-goal attempts for four points while getting zero steals and zero blocks on the other end.

M. Gasol23 MIN, 14 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 4-8 FG, 2-6 3FG, 4-7 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -6 +/-

The Hawks made Gasol play at the perimeter instead of under the basket as he prefers, which meant he couldn’t have the type of defensive impact we are used to seeing from him. Still, Gasol played well and should have replaced Ibaka before the Hawks caught up.

K. Lowry29 MIN, 10 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL, 3-11 FG, 0-5 3FG, 4-4 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, 12 +/-

Lowry’s shot wasn’t falling in this one but he dished out seven assists and was a +12 on the night, the best +/- of any starter. He only got to the free-throw line four times and should have been more aggressive attacking Trae Young.

F. VanVleet26 MIN, 20 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 4-11 FG, 1-4 3FG, 11-14 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -2 +/-

Steady Freddy… The Raptors probably don’t win this one without VanVleet, who guarded Young for large stretches and was super, ultra, insanely aggressive attacking the rim throughout. He was probably too aggressive, having several of his layup attempts blocked, but he got to the free-throw line fourteen times. Nuff said.

N. Powell25 MIN, 27 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 7-14 FG, 6-9 3FG, 7-7 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 10 +/-

Powell was invisible in the first half of this one before exploding for 27 points in just 25 minutes. He was the Raptors only reliable shot-maker in the second-half and the only reason they pulled away in the fourth quarter. Powell is one of the most reliable Raptors on a night-to-night basis, which is nuts.

S. Ibaka24 MIN, 8 PTS, 7 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 3-10 FG, 2-6 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 14 +/-

Ibaka’s foot-speed makes him a good matchup for the Hawks, but his shot wasn’t falling and he didn’t make enough of an impact defensively to justify playing so deep into the fourth quarter.

P. McCaw23 MIN, 2 PTS, 0 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 7 +/-

I know how hard people have been on McCaw but I actually thought he was pretty good in this one. He is clearly not an aggressive player and prefers to facilitate, but he had three steals and four assists in this one and didn’t make many mistakes.

R. Hollis-Jefferson20 MIN, 7 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 3-7 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-4 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Rondae was everywhere in this one, for better or worse. He picked up five fouls in just 20 minutes but was active on the boards with a team-high 11 rebounds.

T. Davis19 MIN, 12 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 5-10 FG, 2-6 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 0 +/-

Davis made some big shots in the third and fourth quarter to help the Raptors pull away and is a really aggressive shooter whenever he has a sliver of room. Still, he continues to make mistakes defensively.

Nick Nurse

Nurse rolled with the hot hands in this one, but he didn’t really. Powell and Davis were knocking down shots, but I thought he should have brought Gasol into the game for Ibaka much earlier as well as Lowry and VanVleet, who would have been able to find Powell for those shots down the stretch.

Things We Saw

  1. I don’t know what the name of the strip club the Raptors went to last night is called, all I know is that they went to one. The Raptors came out really slow and couldn’t stop Trae Young all game, allowing the hawks to put up 117 on them while they are normally very good defensively.
  2. Norman Powell has saved the Raptors multiple times this year. He has been one of their most reliable shooters and is becoming a heat-check regular. When he’s going it’s really hard to stop him because he is a great at-rim finisher as well as a shooter. He saved the day against the Hawks.
  3. Nurse rolled with his reserved a bit too long and allowed the Hawks to catch up. I understand rolling with the hot hands but the only guys that were actually scoring were Powell and Davis. He could have subbed Ibaka for Gasol and McCaw for Lowry/VanVleet much earlier in order to put the game away instead of running his reserves into the ground and allowing the Hawks to make it close.

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These are the other 8 victims who died in the Kobe Bryant crash – Global News



A family of three, a mother-daughter pair and Kobe Bryant‘s own child, Gianna, were among the eight people who died alongside the NBA star in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday.

A total of nine people were killed when Bryant’s private Sikorsky S-76 helicopter went down in foggy conditions on Sunday, investigators said. The helicopter was on its way to a girls’ basketball game when it crashed.

Kobe Bryant fans flock to vigils held for basketball star

So far, here’s what we know about the people who died with Bryant in the crash.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash near Los Angeles

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash near Los Angeles

Gianna Bryant

Gianna Bryant, 13, was the second-oldest of her father’s four children, all of them girls. She was commonly known as Gigi and was a rising star in girls’ basketball.

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Kobe Bryant is shown with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

Kobe Bryant is shown with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

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Bryant took an active role in coaching Gianna at his Mamba Sports Academy, and he once touted her as a basketball star in the making.

Gianna (Gigi) Bryant — The 13-year-old loved basketball as much as her dad

He told Jimmy Kimmel in an 2018 interview that he didn’t need a son to carry on his legacy because he had Gianna.

“The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans would come up to me and she’ll be standing next to me,” Bryant told Kimmel. “And they’ll be like, ‘You’ve gotta have a boy, you and (Vanessa) gotta have a boy. You gotta have somebody to carry on your tradition, the legacy.’

“She’s like, ‘Oy, I got this,’” Bryant recalled. “I’m like, ‘That’s right. Yes, you do. You got this.’”

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Alyssa, Kerri and John Altobelli

Alyssa Altobelli, 13, and her parents, Kerri and John Altobelli, were also killed in the crash.

John Altobelli, 56, was the longtime head coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team in Southern California.

John Altobelli, 56, is shown in this photo shared by OCC Athletics.

John Altobelli, 56, is shown in this photo shared by OCC Athletics.

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The college described him as a “coach, a colleague, a mentor and a friend” who had worked there for 27 years.

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“He truly personified what it meant to be a baseball coach,” the school’s athletic director Jason Kehler said in a statement. “The passion that he put into the game, but more importantly his athletes, was second to none — he treated them like family.”

Alyssa played on Gianna’s team at Mamba, CBS News reports. Kobe Bryant praised Alyssa’s defensive game in an Instagram video last November.

Christina Mauser

Christine Mauser, 38, was a girls’ basketball coach at a private school and a wife and mother, according to Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley.

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Christina Mauser’s husband, Matt, shared his memories of her in an emotional interview with the Today show.

“It’s horrible,” he said. “I got three small kids and am trying to figure out how to navigate life with three kids and no mom.”

He explained that Bryant had hand-picked his wife to be an assistant coach for Gianna’s Mamba Academy basketball team.

“He picked her because she was amazing,” Mauser said. “I was so proud of her and she was so happy.”

Matt Mauser is shown with his wife, Christina, in this 2014 photo from his Facebook page.

Matt Mauser is shown with his wife, Christina, in this 2014 photo from his Facebook page.

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Christina Mauser is survived by children aged 11, nine and three.

“She was beautiful, smart, funny,” Matt Mauser said.

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Sarah and Payton Chester

Sarah Chester and her middle school-aged daughter, Payton, were on the helicopter due to a break in their normal routine, Payton’s grandmother Catherine George told NBC News.

“They had to get on the helicopter as a convenience today,” George said. “They usually drove by car.”

Todd Schmidt, who was the principal at Payton’s former elementary school, described the Chester family as “engaged, supportive, encouraging and full of mischief and laughter.”

Payton Chester is shown in this image shared on Facebook by her former principal, Todd Schmidt.

Payton Chester is shown in this image shared on Facebook by her former principal, Todd Schmidt.

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“This family made such a huge impact,” Schmidt wrote on Facebook. “While the world mourns the loss of a dynamic athlete and humanitarian, I mourn the loss of two people just as important … Their impact was just as meaningful, their loss will be just as keenly felt, and our hearts are just as broken.”

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Ara Zobayan

Friends and colleagues have identified the pilot as Ara Zobayan, the New York Times reports.

Ara Zobayan is shown in this file photo.

Ara Zobayan is shown in this file photo.


Zobayan was a longtime pilot and a dedicated flight instructor, student Darren Kemp told the Los Angeles Times. He added that Zobayan was Bryant’s private pilot whom he trusted.

“He doesn’t let anyone else fly him around but Ara,” Kemp told the L.A. Times.

Zobayan received his commercial pilot certificate in 2007, CBS reports.

With files from The Associated Press

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Kobe Bryant will be inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame this year, report says – CBC.ca



The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is bypassing the normal election process and making the late Kobe Bryant the first inductee of the 2020 class, The Athletic reported Monday.

“Expected to be arguably the most epic class ever with Kobe, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett,” Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo said, per the report. “Kobe will be honoured the way he should be.”

Bryant, 41, died Sunday along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif.

As an 18-time all-star, a five-time NBA champion and the fourth-leading scorer in league history, Bryant was virtually assured of being elected on the first ballot in his first year of eligibility this year anyway.

The other 2020 finalists will be announced Feb. 14 during all-star weekend.  The rest of the class will be announced in April at the Final Four, and Bryant’s posthumous induction will take place in Springfield, Mass., on Aug. 29.

WATCH | Raptors, Spurs honour Kobe Bryant with on-court tribute:

Both teams allow the 24 second shot clock to expire on their first possessions to pay respect to number 24, Kobe Bryant. 1:27

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These 2020 Grammy Performances Were So Heartfelt, They Made Everyone Emotional – Showbiz Cheat Sheet



Over the years, viewers have gotten to witness some pretty incredible musical performances take place on The Grammys‘ stage. Some of which have left many of us speechless and are still talked about to this day.

Now that the 2020 Grammy Awards have come and gone, there are a few performances from the night that are very deserving of being added to the list of the most unforgettable and emotional moments in the award show’s history.

Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish performs during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Lizzo kicked off the show with an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant

Last night was a bittersweet evening as many people mourned the death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who died the same day in a helicopter crash.

News of his tragic passing sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, leaving many fans and celebrities experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions.

With this unexpected news coming to light a few hours before the 2020 Grammy Awards, many celebs taking the stage that night decided to honor the late legend with vulnerable yet powerful performances.

Lizzo kicked off the ceremony with a showstopping performance she dedicated to Bryant. “This night is for Kobe,” she shouted before performing a medley of her hit songs, “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts.” 

Lizzo during the 62nd annual GRAMMY Awards| Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Oh, and we can’t forget about that impeccable flute performance!

Demi Lovato couldn’t hold back tears while performing “Anyone”

Demi Lovato made her comeback to the Grammys stage and music with an emotional performance of her new song, “Anyone,” which she penned just days before her drug overdose in July 2018.

The singer took to the stage wearing a white ballgown with only a pianist accompanying her. Just a few seconds after the song began, Lovato was overcome with emotion and ended up restarting the track as tears rolled down her face.

Lovato went on to deliver a tearful yet powerful performance that earned her a standing ovation from the audience and viewers.

Billie Eilish delivered a beautiful rendition of “When The Party’s Over”

In addition to being the night’s biggest winner, Billie Eilish also gave one of the most incredible performances of the evening with her intimate rendition of “When The Party’s Over” from her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Billie Eilish during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY AwardsBillie Eilish during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Billie Eilish during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

The singer took the stage and wowed fans with her beautiful vocals as her brother/ producer, Finneas O’Connell, played the dreamy tune on the piano.

No one could seem to take their eyes off of her as she poured herself into the emotions of every lyric while giving the most heartfelt performance of her career.  

Camila Cabello’s heartfelt tribute to her dad

Just when we thought we cried enough during the 2020 Grammy Awards, Camila Cabello goes and delivers an emotional performance that made everyone watching shed a tear or two.

Before the show aired, The Grammys teased that Cabello would be performing a song dedicated to a “special man” in her life.

While many of us thought the song would be all about her boyfriend, Shawn Mendes, the emotional track turned out to be all about her father.

During her performance, the former Fifth Harmony member belted out the lyrics, which shined a light on the special relationship she has with the first man who’s ever loved her.

As she sang, home videos of the father-daughter duo played in the background. Near the end, Cabello walked up to her dad, who had tears streaming down his face, and sang the last few verses.

After wrapping her performance, Cabello and her father embraced as the audience wiped tears from their eyes.

Nipsey Hussle remembered during a powerful tribute

Toward the end of the night, John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch, and YG took to the Grammys stage to give a heartfelt performance paying homage to Nipsey Hussle, who tragically passed away in March 2019 after being gunned down in Los Angeles.

“Long live Nipsey Hussle,” Khaled said as he took the stage, encouraging the audience to rise to their feet. Legend then accompanied Khaled on piano for a performance of Hussle’s posthumous track “Higher.”

The performance ended with images of Hussle of NBA star Kobe Bryant projected on the screen and Khaled sharing a few heartfelt words honoring their legacies.

“Rest in peace, Nispey Nussle. Rest in Peace Kobe Bryant,” the DJ said. “Long live Nip. Long live Kobe. The marathon continues.”

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