|Luis Scola, PF 31 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-3 3FG | 3-3 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +3 +/-
Owned Blake Griffin in that first quarter. Beat him down the court, finished against him in the block, got rebounds over him, and then nailed a key mid-range J in the fourth. By the end of the game, Griffin was welping like a little puppy begging to be put down.
|Bismack Biyombo, PF 31 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 14 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -4 +/-
Got the start and never left the paint on both ends. In fact, he remained within the key during halftime, post-game, and is now reportedly purchasing a condo in the Clippers paint. The Jordan matchup was a good one for him, one where he can stay home and collect the ‘bounds.
|DeMarre Carroll, SF 39 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-3 3FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +16 +/-
Man on fire. One of those games when you throw up anything and it’s going nowhere but down. He was pulling up in transition, jab-stepping Pierce, and even his dribble-moves were coming off. On the other end, had Pierce on lockdown mode and walked off the court with the Staples Center exploding behind him ala Michael Bay. Had a key steal against Rivers in the fourth, baited Griffin into an offensive foul late on, and hung with Redick on switches to contest shots.
|Kyle Lowry, PG 38 MIN | 2-11 FG | 1-4 3FG | 8-8 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | +14 +/-
Not a great game offensively, but at least didn’t let Paul get off. Uses that Scola/Biyombo screen to burst into space to his right seemingly every time and the Clippers perimeter defense was keen on helping which made his decision to pass pretty easy. The fourth quarter D on Paul was nice, didn’t allow any space for Paul to get into the paint on screens.
|DeMar DeRozan, SG 40 MIN | 4-16 FG | 0-2 3FG | 13-14 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +11 +/-
Struggling with the iso-game but that didn’t stop him from hoisting it up. It didn’t matter in the early going since Carroll was flaming hot, but when the Clippers made their run, each DeRozan possession felt like an inevitable outcome. Gotta look up the stats on this, but he seems to possess the ball more than the PGs in the fourth quarter. The saving grace here was that when he did get in trouble, he tried to pass.
|James Johnson, PF 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +6 +/-
Not a good game, he slashed after the catch on the perimeter without any idea of what he wanted to do with it. Once he saw Jordan waiting, ran out of ideas and Casey yanked him.
|Patrick Patterson, PF 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -3 +/-
When someone figures out what he’s good at, could you please let me know? I remember when Jason Kapono used to play for the Raps, he was one who did zilch but shoot the open three, and Patterson is that, minus the threes. The guy seems too weak to muscle on the glass, too devoid of confidence to make the three, and always short of one of quickness or strength to matchup defensively.
|Terrence Ross, SF 16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +8 +/-
Stealing money. Got crossed by Austin Rivers, committed lazy fouls, missed open jumpers, and had the IDGAF look plastered on his face. Get off my court.
|Cory Joseph, PG 24 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-1 3FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +4 +/-
Strong first half where he ran the offense with Lowry on the court, and supplied some tenacious D on the wings which bothered Paul. Had a key score after he turned on a screen to finish at the rim to put the final nail in the coffin.
Good call on the Biyombo start. Not good how an iso offense basically let the Clippers back in. I support the JJ yanking, and I liked how he stuck with the tight rotation to salvage this roadtrip. Yes, the high minutes is a concern but we needed to get this one.
Two Things We Saw
- Game of two halves, man. First the Raptors built up a huge lead on account of some awesome shooting. Second half Clippers chipped away and you know it was going to be tight. If a couple of those Rivers and Crawford threes had gone in, it was nail-biting time.
- The Raptors defense was actually fine in this game, it was their one-and-done iso offense which kept the Clippers in it. I know Casey’s on record saying that training camp was all about defense, so I’m being patient with this thing, but damn, we have ZERO going on.