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

Amir was a very effective rebounder tonight, tying his career high in total rebounds. He combined with Aaron Gray for nine of Toronto's 11 offensive rebounds, often getting the Raptors a second and even third chance on offence. Virtually everything came in the paint for Amir, as usual, flashing down the middle after setting a pick and finishing off offensive rebounds.

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

Aaron Gray was a very nice contributor in the middle for the Raptors tonight. He was the game's second-leading rebounder behind Amir Johnson, didn't force anything and played his role to perfection, grabbing rebounds and moving the ball. He's had three great games in a row for the Raptors and hopefully he can keep it up.

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

Tonight was his first game as the unquestioned starting PG of the team and he responded by looking to pass early and often. From very early on, it was obvious Lowry was not looking to score, occasionally not even looking at the basket when he caught the ball. His only bucket was a deep three with the game well out of reach for the Clippers. Very solid performance from a PG no longer looking over his shoulder.

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

We saw a little flash of the potential Toronto has with both DeRozan and Gay on the floor. DeMar knocked down a couple of threes early and set up both of Rudy's fast break alley-oops in the first half. DeRozan also passed the ball well to players not named Gay and finished the game with seven assists. This was his sixth game with 7+ assists, all in the last two seasons.

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

Gay was the game's leading scorer and got off to a quick start in this one. However, what you can't tell from the boxscore is a lot of his shots were not efficient shots. Twelve of his 16 shots were outside the paint and many were off the bounce, earlyish in the shot clock and at least semi-contested. Additionally, all his threes were attempted from above the break. He did throw down some nice alley-oops and flashed his athleticism, but it's way too early to tell how this is going to turn out.

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

Played very solid straight up defence against an aggressive Blake Griffin in his limited minutes on the court. Did a good job of at least staying in front of Griffin long enough for help to come on the few occasions Griffin got by him. Still, it was easy to tell he was rusty - and understandably so.

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

John Lucas shot the ball extremely well... but the majority of his points came in garbage time. His first three-pointer put the Raptors up 69-43 with a minute to go in the third.

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

Not much going on for Ross tonight, but it's going to be an adjustment for him with Gay now in the lineup. Terrence missed his first four shots of the game and didn't hit his first basket until midway through the third quarter. It'll take a few games for the rotation to settle.

Dwane Casey

Nothing really of note. Not much to complain about in a blowout win.

Three Things We Saw

  1. DeMar played very active defence in the first half, while the game was still undecided. Reached into passing lanes well without sacrificing defensive positioning and at one point, stripped Crawford going up for a shot and recovered nicely for a block on Crawford from the side on back-to-back possessions.
  2. Rudy Gay got a massive ovation when he checked into the game. Must've wanted to get on Raptors fans' good side as quickly as possible because his first shot was a catch, pause, semi-contested three from the left side that almost went down. Got blown by on his first defensive assignment, then split a pair of free throws after getting fouled on a jumper his second trip down. Early game jitters, perhaps.
  3. Another Rudy Gay note, but his crossover, stepback three to beat the buzzer at the end of the third may have Raptors fans salivating already at the thought of Gay being an end-of-the-shot-clock shot creator and this may set the fans up for a bit of a letdown if they can't temper their expectations. Very solid outing for him, no doubt, but there will be rough nights as well.