“At some point, you have to play and have some fun,” Calderon said. “At the end of the day, it’s a team sport. It’s about doing it the right way and getting everyone involved — that’s what we’re doing right now.”
Is this the same team that lost five road games in a row only about a week ago? Not so much as again, the Toronto Raptors rolled out a balanced attack, winning their third straight match and snapping a dreadful road losing streak in the process.
When Jose Calderon is the starting point guard, it’s crucial that he makes one or two screen-and-roll jump shots in the first quarter. If the defence is constantly going under the screen and Jose can’t make them pay, he becomes very ineffective and the offence stalls.
The defence wasn’t the stifling brand that has carried the Raptors of late, but it was enough to propel the club to its third straight win, a 113-99 victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
“Sooner or later, you’ve got to man up and buck up,” coach Dwane Casey said after a 113-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
Calderon Battles Irving to a Draw: Calderon and Irving was a great match-up and it was closer than many though it would be.
Well, tonight was more of the same: Cavs play well for much of game, then give it away in the 4th. The Cavs started out like gangbusters, and played well for a while. But the Raptors matched them most of the way, and Alan Anderson (who?) came up with enough big plays for Toronto to pull it out. The Cavs featured some truly horrendous defense in this one, especially down the stretch.
If the Cavaliers’ narrow loss to the New York Knicks was a step forward, this was two steps back. The Cavaliers finally had adequate rest and had everybody healthy….and laid a total egg against the Toronto Raptors at home, losing 113-99.
After a recent three game winning streak, the Toronto Raptors seem to be pulling together to finish off a disappointing start of the season heading into 2013. However the bigger picture remains murky with questionable management decisions and an injury plagued roster. Without a first-round pick unless they finish in the bottom three, the direction of the young team is in distress.
All these masked men on the Cavs make them look like a team of supervillains. Early on, the Raptors look more like the damsels in distress. Some ugly basketball to open things up.
The Pistons big man (Maxiel) is more bulk and power than the quicker Davis, who is playing his basketball of the season. If Davis can use his length inside, some easy baskets might come his way.
The Raptors are an even 13-13 against the spread this season, and while playing at home, Toronto is 7-3 against the number. The Pistons are just 11-16 against the spread this year, and on the road, Detroit is 6-8 against the spread.
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