Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pound the Rock Stars of the Night - Detroit Pistons 91, Toronto Raptors 90 - The 'You should at least beat the Pistons' Edition

posted by Romy Aquino
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:   PISTONS 91, RAPTORS 90    SEASON RECORD: 3W-10L
POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: ANDREA BARGNANI
LINE:  34 pts (13-20), 5 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
Going into this, you'd figure this would be redemption night for the Toronto Raptors after losing a heartbreaker to the Charlotte Bobcats. It wasn't the case on Friday night. In what seems to be typical fashion, the Toronto Raptors failed to capitalize against a Detroit Pistons team that to be honest, aren't that great. Andrea Bargnani started off the Raptors on the right note, scoring 17 of his 34 points in the first quarter alone. Il Mago stepped up big time, and took on the offensive load on a night where DeMar failed to show up.

POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: KYLE LOWRY
LINE:  19 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl
Well, this was an ugly first half for the Raptors guards where Lowry-DeRozan-Calderon did not get anything done offensively in the first half.  There was a long stretch late into the second quarter where all of the offence came from the bigs and the backcourt were held scoreless.  Kyle Lowry redeemed himself in the second half, sparking a run that brought the Raptors back into this one (yes, the Raptors fell behind in the third quarter).  Now, as much as Lowry brought Toronto back in this game, Lowry resorted to putting his team on his back and decided to take the final shot in the game....I'm just not sure if a 20-foot jumper was the best decision.  But hey, this is what you brought him in for....to try and win games.

POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: ED DAVIS
LINE:  10 min, 9 pts (3-5), 4 reb, 1 ast, 2 blk
These were limited minutes but Ed Davis put in work. This was definitely a strong"Pound the Rock" performance and exactly what Coach Casey would want to see from Ed Davis, who put in a strong effort on both ends of the floor.

SHOUTOUTS TO THE PISTONS:
ANDRE DRUMMOND
LINE: 24 min, 13 pts, 13 reb, 2 stl
Big shoutouts to the rook for his first career double double.  Definitely a raw, 19 year-old big man that has the potential to be beast in the league.  If he develops his skill sets over the next couple of seasons, we're looking at dominating forward/centre in the years to come.  Free throws are terrible, but hey, he's still young.

Next up for the Raps: vs San Antonio (Sunday)

(Photo via National Post)

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