Game 73 - @ LA Clippers (L 94-90 / 20-53 / streak L4) Saturday March 26, 2011
So after Ed Davis goes for 21 and 11 in this game following an 18 and 11 outing Friday, hoopshype has rumors about the Raps looking to move Bargnani. Davis’ emergence, combined with DeMar’s potential has the Raps looking to build around their young core, and are ready to move their former #1 overall pick “who has been anything but an impact player since entering the league.” Yeah, it’s been a frustrating season in Raptorland. I think we should weigh our options, take offers, see what other GMs are willing to part with and hold our cards close. Bargs is still young and his trade value don’t depreciate any time soon, with the uncertainty of the new collective bargaining agreement and potential lockout next year the Raps shouldn’t do anything rash. We need to hire a defensive-minded guru who can tutor Bargnani over the offseason, because games like this are frustrating. If we have some good, young potential that’s ready for that next step, that’s great, but this was only Bargnani’s first season out from under Bosh as the franchise leader.
The Raptors took an early lead, but blew it late to an energetic Clippers team who were energized by their home crowd. Blake Griffin put on a show with 22 points and 16 rebounds, and the Raptors young talent was on display. James Johnson was solid, Amir was back with 8 and 6, DeMar struggled to 7 and 6 on 3-15 shooting, and Calderon scored 16 but only dished a baffling 2 assists. Bargs, Sonny and Reggie didn’t play, they’re sore and it’s late in the season. Take it back home, boys last game of the month against Milwaukee coming up. Games Remaining Countdown: 9