open pre-season with 102-95 victory over Real Madrid - thestar.com
Raptors forward Amir Johnson looked good in win over Real Madrid: Smith - thestar.com
The first game of the pre-season wasn’t four minutes old, his team had given up six baskets on seven shots, transition defence was non-existent, the halfcourt defence wasn’t any better and as he called timeout, a miffed coach Dwane Casey had to be thinking:
“What have I wrought with all this attention to offence?”
And while things settled considerably after that — the Raptors would go on to beat Real Madrid 102-95 before an announced crowd of 10,359 at the Air Canada Centre — Casey knows there is much work to be done with the team’s defence before the beginning of the NBA regular season later this month.
Fan Fuel: Last chance for Raptors
Amir Johnson looked really good for most of the night, getting to the rim on rolls like he does; Ed Davis didn’t look great offensively but he still managed to grab 10 rebounds and John Lucas III was as advertised: A scorer, pure and simple.
Johnson had been okay for most of camp was the word I was getting so a good game was a welcome sight and Davis has been possibly the most impressive guy overall since the convened in Halifax a week or so ago.
Lucas? I still don’t know if there’s any time for him once Kyle Lowry gets back but he can score, of that there can be no doubt.
GM Colangelo - sportsnet.ca
Regardless, it's been four years since the ACC has seen a playoff game, and time is ticking on Colangelo's once thought untouchable clock. Much like his MLSE coworker across the hall in Brian Burke, BC is finding out the hard way that sports fans are a 'what have you done for me lately' breed, and lately, it's been a whole lot of mediocrity.
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-spurs fans everywhere