|Linas Kleiza, SF 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -6
Probably kept the Raptors in the game longer than they should have with some answer-back threes. He looked like he could have been a threat in the post, but this advantage was not exploited by the Raptors.
FOCUS FACTOR: Very focused (when shooting threes)
|Andrea Bargnani, C 33 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -10
When you take more shots than points, that`s not good. For a guy who`s main (only?) skill is offense, he`s having quite a few of these games. Question: Is Andrea Bargnani at 27 already starting to decline as a player? Conditioning/dedication is what allows good players to maintain their performance (see: Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash vs. Vince Carter, Steve Francis)
FOCUS FACTOR: Off the charts (One word: Caliper)
|Jonas Valanciunas, C 19 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 PTS | +1
Foul trouble and the looong arms of DeAndre Jordan were a little too much for our kid warrior to handle on this day. He`ll respond once he`s back to the friendly confines of the ACC. Could be rebounding a little better, actually a lot better considering who his starting mate in the front court is.
FOCUS FACTOR: High
|Kyle Lowry, PG 32 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 4 PTS | -13
It seems like he decided he would be more of a facilitator before the game, and it produced a controlled effort. But the approach seened top scale back his aggressiveness, and the team needs him to put up points, especially when one of DeRozan/Bargnani is not producing. 0 free throw attempts is especially disappointing. Hope he doesn`t check out, he`s the best we got.
FOCUS FACTOR: Declining
|DeMar DeRozan, SG 42 MIN | 10-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 24 PTS | -18
One of his more complete games this season. Great third quarter. But he was nowhere to be found in the fourth when the team needed him during a very dry run. That three he hit was a nice surprise, but honestly, good shooting guards should be able to make that kind of play on a regular basis.
FOCUS FACTOR: 75 (three quarters)
|Ed Davis, PF 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -9
Could have rebounded better, the size of the Clippers front court gave him troubles just like it did for Val. You would think he`s deserving of 20+ minutes after his recent stretch of games. Apparently his GM thinks he has inconsistency issues.
FOCUS FACTOR: Very high except when Bryan Colangelo is watching
|Amir Johnson, PF 27 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -20
One of his better games in what`s been a disappointing season. Trying to put on a show for friends/family? Maybe the Raptors can bring them along for every game.
FOCUS FACTOR: Average + hometown boost = Slightly above average
|Jose Calderon, PG 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | -6
He was left on too long in the 4th, game was over by the time Lowry subbed back in. Just not enough aggressiveness for a team that lack`s clutch scoring.
FOCUS FACTOR: Low
|John Lucas, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0
FOCUS FACTOR: Most intense, focused minute played in Raptor history. Not very talented though (Shhhhh!)
|Terrence Ross, SG 23 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | -14
Not a good game. Bryan Colangelo just realized that the kid has no handles. Kinda late don`t you think? The shooting has been sporadic, although some shots were contested. His man defense is legit, however.
FOCUS FACTOR: Too low
Three Things We Saw
- As mentioned above, Lowry was subbed back in way too late in the 4th. The offence had dried down considerably and they needed him.
- Things are pretty bleak right now, why not throw Quincy Acy in there to help out with the rebounding?
- Listening to Bryan Colangelo talk about how FOCUS is the issue and not talent was high comedy. Interesting that he chose to show his face in an opponent`s arena and not in the ACC. Worried about getting booed Bryan? The guy`s smart, just not in a basketball kind of way, y`know?
- Gameday: Raptors @ Clippers, Dec. 9
- Bryan Colangelo Interview Transcript