The “that stung a little” edition:
Alabi: he has a better chance of cracking the Caramilk secret than he does of cracking the lineup.
Barbosa: gone for a little while as he nurses more injuries than a Falcons fans ego.
Bargnani: tepid is a word that can be used here. He had the energy of peat moss for most of the game and showed the strain of a back to back. What happens when this happens? You lose to a bad team.
Bayless: looking sharp in that suit. Only things missing were a stogie and Jay Z.
Calderon: a rebound shy of a triple double, he performed the basketball equivalent of a virtuoso performance. He was finding people as easily as hookers find marks outside a strip club.
Davis: if you are a Raptors fan, you are gushing about this guy to everybody you know. He looks 16, plays like a college senior, and will be an allstar in 5 years. Tonight featured Edward everywhere on the floor, but especially under the basket. The ball is finding its way into his hands and he quickly makes haste.
DeRozan: you know those days where you wake up, you feel well rested, you hit work or school and it seems easy with everything thrown your way in that you feel like you don’t have to give effort, yet it still feels successful? Well, DeMar did not have one of those days. To say his game was the equivalent of bad sushi is an insult to sushi.
Dorsey: stapled to the bench. God is good.
Evans: you hear that rumbling? He’s on his way.
Gaines: Dorothy showed tonight that you don’t have to know a teams plays inside out to be effective. Either that or he showed that the Raptors simply have no plays. Either way, he did a passable job in running the show while Jose grabbed some air on the sidelines.
Johnson: he’s like an omelette. One time you have it and it seems bland and unfulfilling. Then you don’t experience it for a while, come back to it and it kicks your ass. Amir has been that way for a few weeks now: he is playing like a professional ball player, not some guy that happened to walk into the gym and ended up playing with elite athletes. Another hard working effort from him tonight.
Kleiza: substandard and not at all as advertised at the beginning of the season. If the NBA were Walmart, we’d be asking for a refund.
Weems: hope he is saving his money because the lockout next season may be the beginning of the end for Mr. No Talent.
Wright: had his stamp on the game with some hard nosed defence, but unfortunately his teammates let him down by not emulating his efforts. Has to be frustrating and make for a long flight.
Driving The Bus: Jose Calderon
Under The Bus: DeMar DeRozan