Friday, April 6, 2012

Now, that's how you tank! - POUND THE ROCK STARS OF THE NIGHT - CAVS 84, RAPTORS 80

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:    CAVS 84, RAPTORS 80    SEASON RECORD: 20W-36L

POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: DEMAR DEROZAN
LINE:  28 pts (10-16), 4 ast, 4 reb
You really don't want a win streak when you're starting to play for a lottery pick in this summer's NBA draft.  So the Raps ended that nonsense with the 84-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavs with their fourth quarter meltdown.  Toronto got outscored 33-17 in the final quarter erasing the 13-point lead they had in the third quarter.  DeMar put up an impressive 28 points on 10-16 shooting and went 7-8 from the line.  When you got a roster like this, somebody has to take the offensive load.


POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: ANDREA BARGNANI
LINE:  19 pts, 7 reb, 2 stl
Not the best shooting night for Bargnani, going 8-22 from the floor and 1-5 from 3-pt but the 7 rebounds is a plus.  After struggling from his return from injury, Bargnani has picked it up in his last five games.

POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: BEN UZOH
LINE:  pts (4-8), 6 reb, 3 ast
Uzoh!  This is the first time I've actually got to talk about one of the newest Raps, Ben Uzoh.  When you don't have a healthy point guard, you're forced to go with a D-League call up in Uzoh.  Uzoh played a season high 34 minutes tonight and scored a season-high 9 points.  Do your thing, young buck!

SHOUTOUTS TO THE CAVS:
TRISTAN THOMPSON
LINE: 6 pts, 4 reb, 1 stl
Sure, Antawn Jamison had 25 points and Lester Hudson had 23 points off the bench for Cleveland but we got to shoutout Brampton's own, Tristan Thompson who had 6 points in front of his T-dot crowd.

Next up for the Raps: @ OKC


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