PJ Carlesimo at halftime: "When we get some stops we're a decent team. When we don't, we're terrible." Funny but true - tell it like it is PJ.
Cleveland really is awful. Any 'analyst' working for ESPN or whoever who state the Raps are the worst team in the league obviously doesn't watch many Cleveland or Toronto games. It would have been nice for the Raptors to really show a killer instinct early and put the game out of reach in the 3rd quarter when it was 73-67 rather than let them back in to the game and then put them away. Oh yeah, and started strong as well would help.
Great game by Wright. His hustle and energy is great, however, he is a 3rd string NBA talent, IMO. He is needed when injuries or hustle is lacking. Sorry to all the Wright fans but while talent only gets you so far, so does hustle and energy. With that said, I'd like to see him stay in Toronto and if I can sign him to a minimum contract, I sign him in a heartbeat (along with Dorsey).
Bargnani was plus 29 - just saying to those +/- posters.
I think Bargnani is really becoming the player BC envisioned. He needs defensive players around him to compliment (or as some bashers would say, hide) his deficiencies but there is no doubting his importance on offense and what he can bring to the team. Hopefully it was not just a one game showing but he actually looked in to it on the defensive end. He'll never be a great defensive player but he did block a couple of shots and he did go for boards with 2 hands - in my books that is improvement.
I'm loving what Ed Davis brings. He bobbled a few rebounds tonight but he has another 47 games to use the rookie excuse - jk. I can only imagine what experience and a little more muscle mass will do to his game.
Calderon played great - really great. This is why if I'm BC I'm looking to move him. His value will never be higher, his contract is awful, and his injury history is too long to give the benefit of the doubt. Just my opinion.
Barbosa must be one of the streakiest players in the league. JR Smith, Jamal Crawford, LB... anyone else worth mentioning?
Nobody must want to start at SF for the Raptors. First Kleiza gives it up, then Weems, now Kleiza is stinking again. "And in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select (insert SF here)."
DeRozan had a rough night. The first quarter was brutal. He woke up a bit after his spill.
I'll give Johnson credit for continuing to battle through back injuries/spasms and not quit but, regardless of healthy or not, he is a bench player - a reallly, really good bench player. No offense Amir, as it is not meant as an insult - far from it.