Monday, January 16, 2012

POUND THE ROCK STARS OF THE NIGHT - HAWKS 93, RAPTORS 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: HAWKS 93, RAPS 84         SEASON RECORD: 4W-10L



POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: AMIR JOHNSON

LINE:  13 Pts (5-9), 10 Rebs, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Block

For 25 minutes of work, that's a pretty nice line. 13 pts and 10 rebounds but five fouls.  As long as Amir can avoid foul trouble, we can expect even better lines from the Raps' forward.  Johnson and Ed Davis were the only two Raps who pulled down double digit boards.  Amir has a ton of upside, he just has to avoid the foul trouble to prove it.


POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: ED DAVIS

LINE:  7 Pts, 11 Rebs, 3 Stls, 4 Blocks

Defense.  Coach Casey has to be happy with Ed Davis' performance today. Especially on the defensive end.  Eleven boards, three steals and four blocks.  You can't ask for much more from this kid from a defensive standpoint.

POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: JOSE CALDERON

LINE:  13 Pts (6-9), 11 Ast, 3 Reb

Jose did his work for the day.  Another double double for Calderon (13 pts/11 ast) against the Hawks.  I would say, until Jerryd Bayless returns, expect this from Jose on a nightly basis.

SHOUTOUTS TO THE HAWKS:

Josh Smith

LINE: 28 pts (13-19), 15 Rebs, 1 Block

With Al Horford on the shelf for a few months, Josh Smith did damage for the Hawks (28 pts, 15 boards).  Another solid performance for Smith as the Hawks win their third in a row.

SHOUTOUTS TO THE FORMER RAPTOR:

Tracy McGrady

LINE: 8 min, 0 pts, 1 Block

Just in case you didn't know...Tracy McGrady plays for the Hawks.


Next up for the Raps: @ BOS



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