Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pound the Rock Stars of the Night - Los Angeles Clippers 102, Toronto Raptors 83 - The 'Pound the Rock Bottom' 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:   CLIPPERS 102, RAPTORS 83    SEASON RECORD: 4W-17L

POUND THE ROCK STAR #1: DEMAR DEROZAN
LINE:  24 pts (10-17), 5 reb, 4 ast,
Colangelo called it "embarrassing" basketball after Friday's loss to the Jazz and after a closed door meeting with the team, the Raptors were looking to put out a better effort on Sunday afternoon but they still came out on the losing end. The Raps got punked by the Clippers second unit in the fourth quarter getting outscored 25-10 to finish out the game. It's the same theme, the Raptors failed to play four quarters of basketball.......they could only manage just three on Sunday, losing by almost twenty against the Clippers.


Playing back in his stomping grounds of LA, DeMar led the charge in the first three quarters and finished with 24 points on seventeen shots. The problem was that he couldn't keep the Raps in this one in the final quarter.

POUND THE ROCK STAR #2: LINAS KLEIZA
LINE:  17 pts (5-11), 3 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
With no Fields......no Anderson.......and on Sunday, no Pietrus (knee) against the Clippers, Coach Casey put Kleiza at the three spot and  the Lithuanian did well filling in.  He had a solid performance in the first half but then disappeared in the final quarter along with the rest of the team.

POUND THE ROCK STAR #3: AMIR JOHNSON
LINE:  11 pts (4-7), 12 reb
Another Cali boy who played well in his hometown and finished with the double double. Good to have a guy like Amir on this team who can get grab some garbage baskets when the Raptors shots aren't falling. I say it's just a matter of time before he gets the starting nod over Valanciunas.

SHOUTOUTS TO THE CLIPPERS:
ERIC BLEDSOE
LINE: 19 min, 14 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
With mentors like Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill in LA.....the young point guard should develop into a solid talent.  He was part of the Clippers second unit that took care of business in the fourth quarter.  Just nineteen minutes of play and the point guard filled out the boxscore on his 23rd birthday.

Next up for the Raps: vs Portland (Monday)

(Photo via Yahoo! Sports)

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