Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Toronto Raptors have recently been playing poorly, but pulled off a much needed win over the Pacers 92-83. It was really a game of runs for both teams, and the Raptors got off to a great start in the first two quarters. Quickly out of the second half the Pacers went on a huge run to cut what was as big as a 27 points lead to four. The attack that kept the Raptors up was the bench which was led by Jose Calderon, Joey Graham and Bargnani who really surprised me. Andrea Bargnani had 14 points and shot two of five from the three points line in 22 minutes off the bench. He was hot in the second quarter. He hit two threes and showed he can put the ball on the floor and make some really nice moves. Check out and see Bargnani make the highlight reel in the NBA TV broadband. Jose Calderon got 13 points and 5 assists in 25 minutes. He is a growing player who looks like he can really develop into some player. Chris Bosh got 17 points and 11 boards in 28 minutes. Bosh took the ball and went at Jermaine O'Neal a few times and looked like he wasn't intimidated by a few of his shots getting blocked. Jorge Garbajosa got 13 points and 6 boards in 29 minutes. Garbajosa got his points early in the first quarter, but was still effective throughout the game with his passing. Stephen Jackson got 18 points and 3 assists in 35 minutes off the bench. I think Jackson responded to coming off the bench. Maybe like Ben Gordon in the past he will play better not starting permanently. Jermaine O'Neal got 15 points and 11 boards and 3 blocks in 37 minutes. I like the way O'Neal is approaching this season. He looks more confident down low.