I’ll subscribe to the “If you have nothing good to say …” school of thought for the first 2 plus quarters of this one.
- OK, I tried, but I have to add, starts like the one the Raptors had against the Wizards have become far too commonplace. I’m not sure if you can put a finger on why exactly the team consistently comes out so terrible, but it is awfully tough to win basketball games if you fall behind and look dead in the water for most first quarters.
- Leandro Barbosa told me he was in a groove on Saturday. Since then, he’s shot 1-for-12 from the field. He had at least two airballs and something clearly has changed. Bryan Colangelo needs him to heat up again closer to the trade deadline, since games like this again proved that Jerryd Bayless has a future as a dynamic scorer off of the bench going forward. There isn’t room for both Barbosa and Bayless long term.
- Bayless was excellent. Obviously the offensive numbers stand out, but he also gave John Wall a few problems at times and frustrated him a bit, which no other Raptor could do.
- Surrendering two defensive rebounds off of missed free throws cost the Raptors this game. Pure and simple. Once is bad enough, but the overtime miscue cannot happen.
- Linas Kleiza is playing very well and like Bayless looks like a nice bench piece for the future.
- After a string of good games, Ed Davis was a non-factor.
- Aggressive DeMar DeRozan showed up again. He needs to keep taking it up strong. If he does that, results will follow.
- Jordan Crawford takes some silly shots, but if I’m Washington management, I move Nick Young and give him more minutes. He’s slightly less clueless offensively and a lot better defensively.