Well, at least the Raptors aren’t as bad as the Clippers. I guess those are the kind of victories the Raptors are going to have to take from now until the end of the season. It’s nothing to celebrate about, but if you are a Raptor, at least you know there are guys out there who have it worse than you do.
The Raptors were able to use a little bit of speed (although they really should have had more fast break points today, only managing to have 3 more than the Clippers), but even more than the speed, we saw the Raptors actually look like they were outhustling a team today. As I mentioned in the pre-game, the Clippers tend to mail in a lot of games, so sometimes it is tough to tell if a team is playing them well or if they are Mr. Postman for the night. It could have been a little bit of both today. As Mike Dunleavy said, “We shot 38 percent from the field and we got two offensive rebounds. That, to me, says we didn’t battle well enough in the paint.”
The Raptors were without Bargs, who was out with a sore heel, ending his perfect season as far as games played. I guess when you are playing the Clippers and you have anything sore, the coach and training staff make a pretty easy decision as to whether or not you can go.
Okay, was that Jose I saw dunking? Seriously, I turned away for a bit while I was talking to my dad, turned back and swore I saw Jose dunk. Now, having another team rest guys who are slightly sore against you is one thing, but when Jose Calderon starts throwing down dunks on you? Yes, Clippers, you officially suck. Nothing against Jose, but if he’s doing that to you, he is definitely sending a message.
Nice game by Pops again, just out doing his thing, picking up rebounds and getting some putbacks when they are there. I’ve said it a million times…find a niche and be that guy.
So now, once again, let’s see if the Raptors can put together a few wins instead of just breaking up losing streaks. It would be a nice way to finish the season. In these last 12 games, can the Raptors at least win 7?