Monday, October 09, 2006

Photo by: Nick Wass
The Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 93-88 to open the NBA preseason. Good start to a new Raptors squad. This was a swing game where different teams would dominate different periods. Fred Jones led the way for the Raptors with 17 points and 4 boards in 28 minutes off the bench. The Raptors should be happy to have his aggressiveness come off the bench. Chris Bosh had 14 points and 5 boards in 26 and a half minutes. Adequate start for Bosh. I expect his attacks on the boards to become more vicious in the future though. T.J. Ford got 8 points and dished out 5 assists in 23 minutes. Ford might start slow. He still has to play it safe and stay healthy so don't expect outrageous numbers in the preseason to waste his gas. Andrea Bargnani got 8 points and 4 boards in 13 and a half minutes. Slow and disappointing begining for Bargnani. All he did was knock down two threes and I don't see him being a major factor until mid-season. Gilbert Arenas got 29 points and 4 assists in 29 and a half minutes. Wow Arenas was hot. He got to the line a lot and proved he is out to win this year. Jarvis Hayes got 14 points and 3 boards in 19 minutes off the bench. Good start for a player who had a bad year last time. Maybe he will become what the Wizards want him to be this season. Antawn Jamison got 11 points and 7 boards in 30 minutes. Jamison did okay. He will play okay now but will kick into gear in the season. Tomorrow be sure to watch the Sixers play the Suns at 3pm Eastern time on Espn2.