Detroit Pistons at Raptors Points Per Game:

- February 22nd, 2012

Sometimes, emphasis on sometimes, the NBA – and pro sports in general – are quite predictable. The Raptors had four days off, the Pistons played a night earlier. The teams have similar records. The outcome, if you thought about it, was probably predictable. It was a 10 point win with the Raptors having more in the tank than the tired Pistons.

- Any talk of this game has to start with Jose Calderon. February has bee one of the best months of his NBA career and he switched from scorer back to his customary playmaker role seamlessly. Calderon is one of the most accomplished non-drafted players ever, along with Detroit’s Ben Wallace, who is winding down his fantastic career.

- The MVP chants for Aaron Gray were as ridiculous as the screaming demands for pizza, but Gray played very well. He was a major factor in this one, turning in a double-double against standout sophomore Greg Monroe. Gray has been a solid fit and should be retained next season if possible to help show Jonas Valanciunas the ropes.

- Hands up everybody who saw a back-to-back block sequence involving Jerryd Bayless and Gray this season?

- I’m not convinced Detroit’s hot streak will continue. I see them ending up close to the bottom of the East when this season is over even though I really like Monroe and think Lawrence Frank is a good coach. They don’t defend nearly well enough. They get a lot of steals, but don’t offer much resistance at the rim.

Short and sweet tonight. Time to get to work on Raptor report cards.

Categories: Basketball, NBA, Toronto Raptors

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  1. david bain says:

    Aaron Gray probably was the MVP for this game and his value should be coming more apparent. Last game against Charlotte, after Gray came out in the first quarter (with I believe a lead), the Raptors lost control of both both the paint and the game (even with Amir’s 15 rebounds).

    In the game last night against Detroit, Gray played much longer — and it didn’t start to get tense until again Gray came out and Monroe started to dominate the paint, with Knight heating it up from the outside. Moral of the story: Gray should be out there in crunch time protecting the paint, and if the opposing point guard is heating it up, then Bayliss or Barbosa should be guarding him. Calderon had another good game in terms of his play-making, but again, I’m not sure you want him in there at crunch time if the opposing point guard is heating it up….In the New York game, Calderon was dominating Jeremy Lin for most of the game — until the 4th quarter, and particularly the last shot, when Lin stole the show. Unless Calderon is having one of his 20 to 30 point nights, and even if he is, I think you want one of the other guards covering Wall or Lin or Augustine or Knight at crunch time in a close game….

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