Los Angeles Clippers 73 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Toronto Raptors
Amir Johnson, PF 37 MIN | 7-9 FG | 5-8 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +27

I hope he feels under the weather more often. Gave the usual over and above effort and hit the boards extremely hard. Finished with lots of high percentage looks and played great defense on Griffin.

Landry Fields, SF 15 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +5

Didn't really stand out and is probably the odd man out with Gay's arrival. That being said he did play hard on d in limited minutes and was great in helping them jump out to an early lead.

Aaron Gray, C 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +10

Another great game and did a solid job on the boards and an even more impressive job on helping contain LA's bigs. He's making great use of his extended minutes and is showing he may belong in the regular rotation, even with a healthy lineup.

Kyle Lowry, PG 32 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +28

Did a great job of pushing the pace and showing intensity on the defensive end. He showed a lot of patience on the fast break and seemed to be focused on getting everyone involved. Didn't shoot the ball well or even often, but I can't fault his shot selection. He took what the defense gave him and didn't force much.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 34 MIN | 8-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +31

Like all of the Raptors, he was a big part of the concerted defensive effort but more impressive than that has been his passing of late. He was a big part of encouraging the ball movement within the offense which led to a lot of open jump shots and high percentage looks in the paint. He even found Gay for two terrific alley-oop dunks in transition which may have allowed Gay to loosen up and play comfortably. Demar's passing will be something to watch in the next few games. He's basically always driven the lane to get fouled but he is finding cutters more frequently now and this will open up his slashing game even more.

Rudy Gay, SF 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +20

Can't ask for a much better debut. Played hard on both ends of the court. Even sank a buzzer beater three at the end of the third quarter. I think what stood out the most was despite everyone being concerned about his shooting woe's, but unlike DeMar or Fields, his stroke looks good and he shoots the three with confidence. Both he and DeMar probably shot better from long range than they will in the average game, but together they are very difficult to handle in transition and that's something we can likely expect every game.

Quincy Acy, SF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -2

Get's a C just as an average rating. Didn't play until garbage time but was his usual cheerleader self from the bench.

Jonas Valanciunas, C 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | +14

Didn't play much and didn't have to the way Amir and Gray were going but it was nice to see him out there. Grabbed a few offensive boards and didn't force anything. Used his length well on the defensive end and I'm starting to like the edge he has when jockeying for position. Liked that he threw his weight and elbows around as he wrestled hard for rebounding position.

John Lucas, PG 19 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +3

He's there to play with speed and shoot and tonight his stroke was falling. Hit one from waaay downtown and I can't see him shooting this well every night, but for the most part, all his shots were wide open.

Alan Anderson, SG 13 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5

10-13 minutes is likely what we are going to see from Anderson going forward. Didn't really feel his presence on either side of the floor. Most memorable moment was Crawford embarrassing him with his ridiculous handles.

Terrence Ross, SG 15 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6

Casey has said that Ross has earned his time in the rotation and he got decent burn in meaningful minutes tonight. Played with good intensity and got his usual highlight reel play.

Linas Kleiza, SF DNP SORE RIGHT KNEE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Get's an F for not attacking Butler when he faked Jonas out with a handshake and stole the ball for a layup.

Mickael Pietrus, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

We may never see him on the court again.

Dwane Casey

Great job motivating the team to show us some of that Casey style defense. He managed the rotation well and didn't bother to give minutes to anyone who wasn't playing hard. He gets an A+ because it can be impossible to keep a team motivated when they get up big but the Raptor's never let up on their intensity and he needs to get credit for that.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Raptor's fast break potential is very scary with the most athletic wing's they've had since VC and T-Mac
  2. Defensive intensity as a team was something I've never seen from the Raps. Does not having Jose and Ed make that much of a difference? Or is it as simple as excitement for Gay's first game. I hope it's the former.