Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Raptors Coverage: March 1, New Orleans

Game 61 – New Orleans (W 96-90 / 17-44 / streak W1) Tuesday March 1, 2011
Watched final minute
The Raptors come away with a big win and José Calderon has a rebirth from the field. With 22 points coming on 7-10 from the field, 3-4 from three-point range and 5-5 from the charity stripe, it’s fair to say he broke out of his shooting slump in a major way. Plus, he did it against Chris Paul (7 points, 5 assists) and Jarrett Jack (17, 2). José also finished with 16 assists in a performance that makes Toronto fans remember why he was an All-Star snub just three years ago. His ability to run a team has been invaluable to the Raps this season, and if he finds consistency in his shot he can be a dominant player. Sonny Weems decided to show up for the game as well, with 14 points off the bench including a driving crush through the lane. Sonny missed a couple weeks of action and lost his starting gig to Kleiza who is now injured for the season (and maybe longer), and has recently been usurped by solid newcomer James Johnson who finished with 13-5-3. DeRozan had 17, Bargs had 14 and David West racked up a 19 point, 10 rebound double-double in the losing effort for New Orleans. The Raps almost blow it allowing a 20-6 run, but hold on for the W and start March on a winning note.

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