Quantcast 2010 Toronto Raptors Basketball: Raptors vs Wizards


Arenas struggles. Raptors claw out the magic of the Wiz kids.


Winners of 6 of their last 10, the Toronto Raptors are starting to mesh and play entertaining as well as dominant basketball. Sure, the Washington Wizards have yet to win a game on the road, but a win is a win nonetheless. Leading the way for the home team was sophomore DeMar DeRozan, totaling an impressive tally of 20 points, 3 assists, and 6 rebounds, including a rare three pointer. [However, the shooting guard out of USC has proven to be inconsistent, and thus only averages 3 and a half points better than his stint as a rookie, and yet has been given nearly 10 more minutes of action. It is certainly questionable as to why he has been given an average of 31 minutes on the floor, producing just 12.3 points-per-game, while Brazil native Leandro Barbosa has been netting just over 11 points a match, with only 22 minutes on the floor] It was a great shooting night for Toronto as they converted on 58% of their attempts, and the balanced attack included an insane number of 7 players scoring in double digits (Amir Johnson, Sonny Weems, Jerryd Bayless, Ed Davis, Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, and DeMar DeRozan).

Toronto Raptors hats For the Wizards, John Wall produced his usual 19+ points with a bunch of assists, but it certainly was not even close to enough for Washington to get within reach of a victory. More importantly, controversial star Gilbert Arenas had one of the worst nights of his career, shooting an abysmal 1 for 10, while finishing with just 7 points.

In his NBA debut, #9 overall pick Ed Davis was absolutely sensational within the minutes he saw on the floor. Some of his highlights include a magnificent block on Wizards star John Wall, a sweet drive to the basket, and most importantly, his first points as a player, which were achieved on a put back dunk on a Raptors miss.

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With the Raptors playing 7 of their next 11 games at home, not to mention against opponents with only 4 having records below .500 on the road, things aren’t looking too sunny for the Atlantic Division youngsters. Not to mention, some of the competition includes the Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets – teams Toronto has always struggled against, due in part to the talents of Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony, respectively.



By Sean Ruth
Probasketball-fans.com Staff Writer

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