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- March 12th, 2012

Well, this is getting pretty familiar now isn’t it?

The great start was a welcome change compared to the disaster of a first quarter that went down in Detroit a night earlier, but on Sunday, the Raptors managed to lose yet another extremely winnable game. This must be killing Dwane Casey and select Raptor fans now, but they’ll feel quite a bit better when it is lottery ball time and the Raptors have four times more balls in the hopper than they could have, considering all of the close games they have been in.

Some thoughts:

- For most part liked Jerryd Bayless’ effort. He seems to play far better as a starter than off of the bench (check the stats the past two years), I haven’t seen too many players where the difference was so glaring. He could still stand to move the ball a bit more, but six assists against a single turnover is very strong work. Yes he picked up five fouls, but at least two of them were reputation calls going in Brandon Jennings’ favour. Jennings shot just 4-for-14 and Bayless had a lot to do with that.

- As for Jennings, I hear about this from his many supporters, but I’ve never been high on the guy. He’s one of many point guards with the natural ability to be an all-star or close to that level who wastes those gifts by playing so foolishly. His shot selection is atrocious. Make the extra pass, take a step in, don’t launch so many threes, Brandon, then I’d believe the hype.

- Drew Gooden and Amir Johnson signed nearly identical contracts I believe on the same day. There was much debate on whether they were the two worst contracts handed out that off-season (hell no) and who was more overpaid (most said Amir, I always maintained I’d take him over Gooden any day). Gooden seems to love playing the Raptors, but I would still take Johnson over him at the same money. Gooden can do more offensively, but Amir has a bigger overall impact on games when he is on.

- Real promising performance from Andrea Bargnani even though the numbers don’t stand out. Playing for the second time in a row after missing 20 games, Bargnani was effective at both ends. He hauled in eight rebounds in 30 minutes and scored 11 points. His shot isn’t there yet from long-range, but looks pretty good from mid-range and his length is forcing opponents into tougher shots inside which is improving the defence. He’s still not close to his peak form of the season, but he seems a step ahead of where most expected him to be at this point of his comeback.

- James Johnson might be going through his worst stretch of the season right now after playing so well for so long. He can’t make jumpers, can’t convert layups and is turning the ball over again too often. He’s got to slow things down. Meanwhile, Ed Davis continues to quietly impress.

- DeMar DeRozan’s game didn’t wow anybody, but he was solid. He scored reasonably efficiently and again played defence very well, particularly on Carlos Delfino.