Thursday, November 5, 2009



Where's Rip? Where's Sheed? Where's Chauncey?

I know they always talk about the Raptors and their nine new faces, but wow, these Pistons look a lot different this year.  With new faces like Charlie V, Ben Gordon, Chirs Wilcox, Jonas Jerebko?  I had a hard time getting used to who was who.

The Raptors had came up big in the second quarter, dropping 44 points on the Pistons and played a good all-around game.  They put 110 points on a Pistons squad who only averaged 85 points against.  For the Pistons, they were without Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton so Ben Gordon picked up the slack scoring 30 pts on 10 of 19 shooting.  Former Raptor, Charlie V, had 16 points and 7 rebounds

The Raps held the lead most of the game until the Pistons made a run when Will Bynum and Jason Maxiell made a few shots to regain the lead.  The Raps then went on an 8-0 run which helped close out the game.  The Raptors handled the ball well, only turning the ball over 6 times.  Andrea Bargnani did his best Chris Bosh impression, scoring 22 pts, picking up 12 boards (career high!) and 2 blocks.  Bosh led the Raps with 25 points getting 15 of those points from the line.

Key Notes:
  • Rodney Stuckey had a double double with 13 pts, 10 boards
  • Will Bynum was key off of the bench for Detroit with 16 pts and 6 dimes
  • Bosh headed to the free throw line 20 times and hit 15 of them
  • It was Oak Night!
  • For a Pistons point of view, check out Need 4 Sheed
  • DeRozan Watch: Nothing pretty, 18 minutes: 3 pts, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal & a swat
Next up:  the Raps are in New Orleans on Friday

Photo credit: (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

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