Saturday, January 21, 2012

POUND THE ROCK STARS OF THE NIGHT - BLAZERS 94, RAPS 84

POUND THE ROCK STARS - On a nightly basis, no matter how good or bad the Raps play, no matter if they blow out a team or if they get blown out and no matter if they win or lose, these are the Raptors with the best 'Pound the Rock' status for the night.

FINAL SCORE: BLAZERS 94, RAPS 84         SEASON RECORD: 4W-12L


POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: JAMES JOHNSON
LINE:  23 pts (10-17), 6 rebs, 2 ast, 2 stl, 4blk, 30 minutes 

I watched NBA TV this morning and Sam Mitchell was doing the highlight reel for the Raps-Blazers game.  And once they broke down the stats, Mitchell said "James Johnson, who?  He should not be your leading scorer."  and I think Smitch was right.  But hey, it's good to see James Johnson put up a career night on the offensive end, which wasn't apparent for the first part of the season.


POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: DEMAR DEROZAN

LINE:  22 pts, 2 rebs, 2 ast

I expect these nights from DeMar on a nightly basis but that hasn't been the case.  7-21 doesn't make for a good shooting night, but at least we got to see DeMar attack the basket a little more.  

POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: JOSE CALDERON

LINE:  7 pts, 13 ast, 3 stl

Solid night for Jose, 13 dimes ties a season night for Senor Calderon.  And....only one turnover, can't complain about that.

SHOUTOUTS TO THE BLAZERS:

Lamarcus Aldridge

LINE: 33 pts (12-25), 23 rebs, 5 ast, 2 stls

The Toronto Raptors.  The team where you can pull off career nights.  And Aldridge did just that with his first 30-20 game of his career.  The Raps had no answer for Aldridge...just a reminder that we could have had Aldridge in that '06 draft.  Ugh.

Next up for the Raps: vs LAC

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