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

Great game from Amir. Played while sick and still managed to win a tough match-up with Blake Griffin. He also gave DeAndre Jordan a difficult time on the block too, and really set the tone for the Raps in terms of defensive rebounding. Rudy's arrival will surely get most of the attention tonight, but Johnson's play shouldn't be overlooked.

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

Mr. PS Vita didn't hurt the team tonight. In fact, he made a three! Yes, you read that correctly. His decent shot selection coupled with his solid defense made for an okay game. The performances from DeRozan and Gay stole the show from the wing spots tonight though.

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 should be the next all-star replacement. Okay, that was a joke. Still, our MVP (again, joking) showed up with his usual first quarter magic, and continued working hard for the rest of the game. 12 rebounds against two of the most athletic bigs in the league is quite something. The 4 assists were a nice surprise from Gray too. Andrea, are you taking notes?

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

Rudy's BFF had a quiet game; luckily the Raps were rolling tonight, and Lowry's heroics weren't needed. The passing is to be applauded though, zero turnovers was very reminiscent of the guy who just left town this week. Kyle's got the keys now, time to show and prove.

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

DeMar's recent passing surge continued against the Clippers tonight. It was definitely a key element in Gay's seamless adjustment into the Raptors' style of play. Nailing a couple threes doesn't hurt, either. One has to wonder what life can/will be like if this sort of game can continue to be seen from DeRozan, especially with Rudy now in the fold.

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

What an entrance. Without a single Raps practice under his belt, Rudy got some isos here and there, and was able to really give us fans a glimpse of what "could be" with our team. When's the last time we had a small forward who gave us defense AND offense like this? I'll wait. Anyways, it'll be interesting to see where this goes once our offensive possessions are more organized, but I'll happily take tonight's performance as a first sample.

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

Garbage time. Wasn't able to get the fans some pizza, but I'm not mad. Not much to say. Great celebrating from the pine to get our guys pumped up.

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

Looked a bit out of place tonight, but his game will come back. I'm hoping his contributions increase as he shakes off the rust.

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

#LetLucasShoot? 5/7 threes isn't half bad. Gotta give him credit for bringing his inner "First-few-games-of-the-season-Lowry" to play while Kyle brought out his inner Calderon. He's looked more like preseason Lucas these past couple things. That's a good thing.

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

No points, but he didn't overdo the shooting. Thank goodness. He's an okay shooter, so the shots will fall; just not tonight. I think it's safe to say that he won't be having as many near 20 shot nights with Gay in town. Another good thing.

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

Flight 31 was a bit off against LA, but you can count on this guy to get the crowd involved because of his entertaining athleticism. Gotta be happy that Memphis didn't snag this guy away from us. He should still be a player in this rotation going forward. The Lowry-Ross-DD-Rudy-Amir lineup is very intriguing. Can't wait to see more.


He's still here? Not sure how to give an N/A on this grading system.

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

He looks like Jay Electronica (if you folks listen to hip-hop). How do you give N/A's on this thing?!

Dwane Casey

I was pleased with how Dwane Casey handled the new situation tonight. His team scrapped all night and we got great results. Did the right thing by slowly easing in Rudy instead of throwing him to the Wolves right away. The substitution patterns were experimental at times, but he was able to tinker with things well; considering the big lead.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Wishful thinking, but what is DeRozan and Gay turn into the next Carter and T-Mac? That'd be pretty awesome, wouldn't it? For that to happen, at least one of them has to become a better shooter consistently. If DeRozan's passing actually sticks, this thing may work. It's still early though; just one game.
  2. What happens when Bargnani gets back? I'm with Jack Armstrong on this one, I'm not sure if he can fit in with what we have anymore. We'll see if he stays or goes.
  3. I can't promise that we'll make the playoffs this season. It's not impossible though. Maybe we will actually end up playing significant games, after all. What I can promise is that if tonight is any indication of what's to come, this team will be quite entertaining. #LobCityEast is already on Twitter, folks.
  4. I was sort of weird to watch this team without Jose and Ed, but now's the time we move on and get excited about our future (even though it may be financially limited).
  5. Chris Paul is definitely needed in Clipper-land. Such a different team without him. I'm not complaining though, Raptors win! Enjoy it.