Thursday, October 29, 2009

OH CANA-DUNKS! How the Canadian flavour of the NBA did on opening night

Toronto Raptors: RAPS 101, CAVS 91

You read that right. 

The team scores are associated with the right team. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 0-2. 

This isn't the year 2027.

If you want to impress fans on opening night, this is how you do it. It looked like a playoff game out there with the full house in the ACC.  Lebron James did his thing with a triple double (23 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists) but the Raps came out strong on opening night and made Bryan Colangelo look like a genius (at least for one night).  Andrea Bargnani broke out and led the Raps with 28 pts (11-15 shooting) and Chris Bosh had a strong performance with 21 pts and 16 boards. The matchup between Bargnani and Shaq was key for the Raps as Bargnani  was able to take advatage of both Shaq and Big Z with his quickness and ability to stretch the floor.  As far as DeMar's rookie debut, this what Triano expected to see from the rookie.  In 23 minutes of play, Demar had 8 points with 5 boards but most of all,  he didn't try to do too much to try and impress on his first night (especially if he wants to maintain that starter spot).

How did the Canuck ballers do on opening night?

Miami Heat: HEAT 115, NEW YORK 93
Joel Anthony (Montreal, QC): 0 pts, 3 boards, 2 blocks

Philadelphia 76ers: MAGIC 120, SIXERS 106
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC): 9 pts, 2 boards on 4 of 8 shooting

Phoenix Suns: SUNS 109, CLIPPERS 107
Steve Nash (Victoria, BC): 24 pts, 8 assists

Photo credit: (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Nathan Denette)

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