It was a bizarre evening for the Raptors. Only five players scored for the team through three quarters, with neither Jose Calderon nor Lowry appearing particularly interested in ever shooting. The two wound up combining for no points and 22 assists. John Lucas was the only point guard to score, and that was in garbage time.
Terrence Ross poured in a career-high 26 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half, to lead the Raptors 102-79 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, the eighth victory in nine games for Toronto.
So, Terrence Ross might have a future in the NBA eh? Ross had a team-high 26 points on 8 of 14 shooting (6 of 9 from downtown) to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 102 to 79 crushing of the Portland Trailblazers. Ross did it on O and on D, and together with DeMar DeRozan (24 points on 11 of 17 shooting), gave the Blazers’ wings fits all night.
So about that shooting and passing? The Raptors shot over 53 per cent from the field and finished with 34 assists on 41 made field goals while committing only 11 turnovers. That’s about as good as offence gets in the NBA, and it was simply beautiful to watch.
The Raptors have surrendered 100 points only once in the past nine games (the only loss) and have surpassed that mark on offence five times.
After a tough start to his career as a Raptor, brought on by nerve damage in his elbow that required surgery, free agent acquisition Landry Fields is becoming a steady contributor.
It was just 23 days ago that the Raptors experienced what some considered to be the lowest point of their season after a blowout loss in Portland. In the rematch between the two teams on Wednesday night in Toronto there was another blowout, but this time it was Toronto walking away with a 102-79 victory.
2 blocked shots for Portland all night. 4 steals. Only 9 offensive rebounds. Only 4 fast break points. We could go on and on about how badly this game stunk. Damian Lillard and Joel Freeland had a couple moments. Everybody else was so far out of sync it looked like I was trying to stream the game on a dial-up connection.
Raptors fans want to see Terrence Ross end up in the Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend. The Raptors have had more representation there over the years than in the postseason as a team. Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Jamario Moon and DeMar DeRozan (twice) have all taken part.
Terrence Ross is showing exactly why Toronto drafted him with the 8th overall pick last June with his performance through the win streak. Ross finished with 26 points against Portland after going 6 for 9 from three-point range. The rookie has shown his athleticism and shooting range through the first two months but more importantly his tremendous upset.
But seriously, raise your hand if you saw this one coming. Be honest. So only the most hardcore (read delusional) fans who believe that a very good victory turned this Blazer team into a legit competitor over night should not have their hands raised.
A brutal opening set the tone for a hideous performance for the Blazers, who lost 102-79 to the Toronto Raptors before 18,117 at Air Canada Centre. As Blazers coach Terry Stotts emerged from the visiting locker room to address reporters during his postgame interview session, he answered questions for only one minute, 47 seconds. He wasn’t snippy. He wasn’t heated. He just didn’t have much to say.
That was some really weird looking basketball. The Raptors were all jumping like retarded salmon, but luckily the Trailblazers suck tonight so they can’t get anything on the play.
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