Raptors at Pistons Points Per Game

- March 11th, 2012

Well, that was different. The Raptors played some horrible games without Andrea Bargnani earlier this season. The team finally got him back on Friday and … played one as bad as any we’ve seen so far.

- The fact that Bargnani’s return discombobulated the team was no surprise, it isn’t easy to work a player of that magnitude back into the lineup seamlessly – but where was the fight? The Raptors laid down against a team they spanked a few weeks ago. There are no excuses for getting outscored 37-14 to open a game. Especially not in an empty arena against a very mediocre team.

- We thought the slow starts were a thing of the past? Guess not.

- Was surprised to see Bargnani in action. Expected him to be thrown out on Sunday to give the paying fans a reward for, well, paying. I didn’t think they’d play him back-to-back off the jump (he got injured after playing 40 minutes in back-to-backs last time around) but this time he only played 19 minutes so should be good for 15 or so on Sunday against Milwaukee.

- Obviously Jose Calderon going down is going to be brutal for the Raptors (what a week for Spanish point guards. The Ricky Rubio news is awful!). With Anthony Carter in no man’s land and Jerryd Bayless only slightly more durable than Stephen Curry, this team could be in trouble. Would expect another point guard to be brought in quite quickly once AC is released or packaged in a move ahead of next Thursday’s trade deadline. Bayless has posted some spectacular numbers as a starter in his Raptors career, now he’ll get another chance to do it again.

- Do you think Greg Monroe was sparked by the hard foul Jerryd Bayless put on him last time they met? It didn’t seem that way, he was pretty quiet, but still deadly effective, missing only one shot from the field and none of his five free throw attempts.

Good quote from James Johnson from Mike Ganter’s gamer:

“We were out there playing like we never played the game of basketball before,” Johnson said. “I think they just wanted it more. I mean, they didn’t miss so kudos to them but we hung our heads a little bit early. We should have been fighting.”

SELECTION SUNDAY

Check Monday’s Sun for the goods on Selection Sunday. Cool to see Jay Triano’s nephew, Brady Heslip, make the Big 12′s all-tournament team despite Baylor losing in the final to Missouri. I find both Baylor and Missouri very interesting teams to watch heading into the big tourney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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