Break up the Raptors! Two wins in the past three games and the team actually could have been on a five game winning streak had a few breaks gone Toronto’s way.
Lots of positives for the home side in the win over Golden State on Sunday:
- James Johnson continues to look awfully impressive. He stuffed the stat sheet again. The mistakes can be overlooked when he plays like this.
- Amir Johnson seems to have found his game again. He was excellent again.
- Is this a new Ed Davis? Even though he isn’t scoring much, this past week arguably was the best week of Davis’ young career. He’s been dominating on the boards, hustling more and altering or blocking a lot of shots. His five offensive boards and two steals helped the Raptors turn the game around.
- I’ve talked to some team officials and they love what Aaron Gray is doing, but would also like to see him dunk the ball more often. He’s blowing open shots at the rim by trying to lay it up when he should be throwing it down. Sure he’s not a leaper by any stretch, but he’s 7 feet, he can dunk and should be more aggressive at the rim.
- DeMar DeRozan played 45 minutes after playing 40 the other night. Post tweet-gate, Dwane is sure playing the kid a lot. DeRozan doesn’t seem to mind. He had the jumper going.
- Don’t expect to ever see Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless combine to go 1-for-11 again. Just an off night for the two of them, though Bayless picked up four assists and played stellar defence on Monta Ellis.
- Holding the explosive Warriors to 36.2% shooting for the game and just 11 points in the third quarter is an achievement, even with Stephen Curry out of the lineup.
- If you’re the Warriors owner or GM do you think about trading Curry and not Ellis, given his inability to stay healthy? He’s younger, cheaper and better than Ellis, but he can’t stay in the lineup, whereas Ellis can score with the best of them. They are two small to co-exist so at some point one has to go, allowing Klay Thompson, who oozes potential, to start at the two.