Posted December 19, 2012 on
AP on Fox
Andrea Bargnani's recent comments about the Toronto Raptors' ineptitude may have been somewhat accurate at the time, but his teammates are doing their part to change it.
While they may still be among the worst teams in the NBA, the Raptors are on the brink of their longest winning streak in more than two years, and a visit from the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night should help even though Bargnani can't.
Bargnani called the Raptors (7-19) "pretty much the worst team in the NBA" in Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport last week. He also said their 4-19 start was "tragic" and "a desperate situation."
Toronto has won three in a row since he made the comments, and the oft-injured Bargnani hasn't been much help. While he reportedly claimed he was misquoted, Bargnani has missed four games with a torn right elbow ligament that will keep him out indefinitely.
Kyle Lowry (triceps) has also missed the last four games, but his backup has the Raptors on the brink of winning four straight for the first time since Nov. 17-24, 2010. Two days after recording a triple-double in a victory over Houston, Jose Calderon scored a season-high 23 points in Tuesday's 113-99 win at Cleveland as Toronto snapped an 11-game road losing streak.
"At some point, you have to play and have some fun," said Calderon, who's averaging 18.3 points, 7.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds while hitting 58.3 percent over the past three games. "At the end of the day, it's a team sport. It's about doing it the right way and getting everyone involved - that's what we're doing right now.
Reserve swingman Alan Anderson (9.8 points per game) has scored 42 points while making half of his 24 field goals over the last two.
Anderson and Calderon weren't a factor in a 91-90 loss at Detroit on Nov. 23. While Calderon had five points off the bench and Anderson was out with an ankle injury, Bargnani led the way with a season-high 34.
The Raptors, 5-5 at home, have dropped six of seven matchups with Detroit but won the latest at home 103-93 on Feb. 22.
Had Bargnani been watching the Pistons (7-20) play recently, he might have a different assessment about which team is the league's worst. They've dropped five in a row, averaging 89.8 points on 40.2 percent shooting - 31.3 from beyond the arc.
Detroit is also 2-12 on the road, where it'll be for three of the next four games. However, that stretch includes a home-and-home set this weekend against Washington - the team with the NBA's actual worst record.
The Pistons' woes continued Monday as they turned the ball over 17 times while falling 88-76 at home to the Los Angeles Clippers.
"We did enough defensive things to win the game, but when you are going against a team that strips and steals the ball and is very aggressive, everything has to be sharp," coach Lawrence Frank said. "We have to be more precise."
Brandon Knight is trying to get back on track after totaling 30 points while shooting 11 for 33 from the floor in the past two games. The guard averaged 23.0 points over the previous five games.
Knight has averaged 17.5 points in four career meetings with Toronto.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Amazing what a little addition by subtraction does for the Toronto Raptors. Remove Andrea Bargnani from the mix and they start winning.
Last night the Raps won a road game as they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-99. Holy crap, that is three wins in a row.
Is this a sign of things to come or is this the classic Raptors tease that fans know all too well?
Tonight they could easily...
These are weird times in Toronto.
In the last two weeks, the Raptors have seen quite a lot. Reserve forward Amir Johnson got tossed for a bizarre incident in which the referee would not let him feel the ball after another player’s free throw attempt. Amid a winless five-game road trip, the team called a meeting to address the many issues and grievances, and the rousing result of...
With the NBA trade rumors swirling, it can get a bit chaotic. Luckily, OfficialHoops has you covered. We’ll take a look at some of the names that have surfaced in recent days, and tell you what we’ve heard regarding those players. Andrea Bargnani: The Toronto Raptors power forward/center is currently dealing with an elbow injury that [...]The post OfficialHoops: Latest NBA Trade...
The Raptors, sources say, are leery of taking a flier on yet another international player, despite Gasol’s obvious and longstanding talents. GM Bryan Colangelo has gone this route before, remember — signing Jorge Garbajosa, drafting Bargnani, signing Hedo Turkoglu — and even though Gasol would fit in with just about any team, including, most assuredly, the 7-19 Raptors, Toronto...
CLEVELAND -- Raptors coach Dwane Casey took a few moments prior to Tuesdays game in Cleveland to answer some questions about his team, as well as the Cavaliers. The Raptors (6-19) have won two straight overall -- but have lost 11 consecutive road games.
Question:How is rookie center Jonas Valanciunas doing?
Casey: Hes coming along. Hes a typical rookie -- hes had some good moments...
Landry Fields will return to the lineup tonight in what will be just his sixth game with Toronto. The Raptors guard has missed the last six weeks after undergoing ulnar nerve transposition surgery to address compression/entrapment in his right elbow. He will dress tonight when the Raptors take on the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
It has been eight long years since Vince Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets, but basketball fans in Toronto have yet to forgive or forget what happened. A return to Toronto for a season would allow him to mentor the team’s younger player and earn back the good favour of basketball fans here in Canada. Then, when he retires, Carter can have his number hanging in the ACC where it belongs.
TORONTO (AP) -- DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Alan Anderson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 97-91 Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to four games.
Jose Calderon had 17 assists, one shy of his season high, and Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points for the Raptors, who last won four straight from Nov. 17-24...
TORONTO -- When Jose Calderon grabbed the rebound in the final seconds after a missed 3-point attempt by Carlos Delfino, the Toronto Raptors point guard had his second triple-double of the season and his career. Even better for the Raptors, it came at the end of a 103-96 victory over the Houston Rockets before a crowd of 17,863 at Air Canada Centre. It was the Raptors' second...
posted by Romy AquinoPOUND THE ROCK STARS - On a nightly basis, no matter how good or bad the Raps play, no matter if they blow out a team or if they get blown out and no matter if they win or lose, these are the Raptors with the best 'Pound the Rock' status for the night.FINAL SCORE: RAPTORS 113, CAVS 99 SEASON RECORD: 7W-19LPOUND THE ROCK STAR #1: ALAN ANDERSONLINE...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jose Calderon scored a season-high 23 points, and the Toronto Raptors won on the road for the second time this season by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-99 on Tuesday night.
The Raptors snapped an 11-game skid on the road, winning away from home for the first time since Nov. 13 when they beat Indiana. Toronto, which is 2-14 on the road, has also won three in...
posted by Romy AquinoPOUND THE ROCK STARS - On a nightly basis, no matter how good or bad the Raps play, no matter if they blow out a team or if they get blown out and no matter if they win or lose, these are the Raptors with the best 'Pound the Rock' status for the night.FINAL SCORE: RAPTORS 97, PISTONS 91 SEASON RECORD: 8W-19LPOUND THE ROCK STAR #1: JOSE CALDERONLINE...
The Raptors' four-game win streak is their longest since November of 2010.
CLEVELAND -- Toronto point guard Jose Calderon continued his recent domination of the Cavaliers, scoring 23 points in the Raptors' 113-99 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday. Calderon added six assists and five rebounds as the Raptors (7-19) snapped an 11-game road losing streak. Cleveland came into the game one of the league's worst road teams, 1-14. The Raptors took the...