Saturday, February 4, 2012

POUND THE ROCK STARS OF THE NIGHT - RAPTORS 106, WIZARDS 89

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: RAPS 106, WIZARDS 89     SEASON RECORD: 8W-16L

POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: AMIR JOHNSON
LINE:  18 pts (8-13), 13 rebs, 3 blk

"AND I AM AMIR JOHNSON!!" That was Devlin's call on one of Amir's dunks tonight.  Dude, where have you been lately? Amir broke out of his shell with the double double (18 pts / 13 reb) on Friday, his first double double since January 16th.  The Raptors big man had a strong first half with his 12 pts and 5 boards at the halfway mark.




POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: JOSE CALDERON
LINE:  8 pts, 17 ast, 8 reb

When your team is shooting the ball well, you pull out the win, quarterback the offense and dish out 17 assists, then you definitely deserve some 'Pound the Rock' praise.  17 assists was a season-high for Calderon as the Raps bounced back from that ugly loss against the Celtics.


POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: LEANDRO BARBOSA
LINE:  19 pts, 3 stl, 2 blk

Barbosa continues to do his thing from the bench..... provide instant offense. Unfortunately, he's just one of a few players on this Raps' squad who has been performing consistently well this season.

SHOUTOUTS TO THE WIZ:

NICK YOUNG

LINE: 21 pts, 4 reb

Man....I thought the Raptors were bad, but it looks like there's more teams in the NBA that want to be a part of Tank Nation.  Nick Young led the Wiz, 21 pts on 7-17 shooting...when you're chucking up 18-20 shots a night, you're bound to get a 20-pt night.

Next up for the Raps: @ MIA on Superbowl Sunday

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