Posted by: Jeremy | January 9, 2011

DeRozan big again in win


DeMar DeRozan can play a little, after all

I didn’t get a chance to check it out, and if you’re a fan of great basketball teams then you probably didn’t bother either. The Raptors returned home to face an 8-26 Sacramento team sans 2010 Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans and needed a full 48 minutes to scrape out a win, barely coming out with a 118-112 decision to hand the Kings their 10th straight road loss. Andrea Bargnani had 30 points, including a three with 1:01 remaining to give Toronto a four-point lead, and DeMar DeRozan continued to prove he’s more than just a pretty dunker with 28 and four assists.

The Raptors made their first 10 shots and finished at 58.5% from the field, getting 12-of-19 and 13-of-20 efforts from Bargnani and DeRozan, respectively. As mentioned, I missed this particular one (due to work, and not to the NFL Playoffs or an acceptable lack of interest), but how encouraging has DeRozan’s play been the past month? This afternoon marked the fourth time in the past six that he’s scored 20-plus, seventh in his last 10 that he’s made more than half his shots and he’s averaged 18.3 points in his past 14 games since Dec. 10, when he last failed to reached double digits. He still hasn’t mastered the outside game yet, but he’s starting to shoot with confidence from mid-range and getting to the basket when he wants. Just keep it coming, young fella, keep it coming!

Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists and Leandro Barbosa had 18 off the bench, hitting 7-of-11 shots and all three of his attempts from beyond the arc. Beno Udrih led a third quarter Sacramento charge that pulled a seven-point Toronto halftime lead even through 36 minutes and finished 25 points and four steals, which makes semse considering he’s facing me in fantasy this week (Sidenote: He’s been sent from hell to destroy me every year. Three seasons ago he cost me an opening round bye and I subsequently bowed out.). Carl Landry added 22 off the bench and Jason Thompson (19 points and 11 rebounds) and DeMarcus Cousins (18 and 10) eached added double-doubles.

So, two wins in five days isn’t bad, even if they came against the league’s two worst teams. With Cleveland and Sacramento aside, Toronto welcomes a bit more of a challenge in Atlanta, which comes in a winner of four straight and with a 25-14 record, to the ACC for a Wednesday matchup next.

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  1. […] that draws the Raptors’ three-game homestand to a close with a lone win over Sacramento on Sunday, leaving them 13-26 overall with a five-game road swing up next that promises to get […]


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