DeMar DeRozan scores 52 points, carries the Raptors to a win against the Bucks.
The Toronto Raptors is steady at the second place of the standing just behind the Boston Celtics but they could be creeping up to the top of the standing after yet again another scintillating win against a tough opponent in Milwaukee Bucks.
Giannis Greek Freak Antetokounmpo scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe contributed 29 points but it wasn’t enough as DeMar DeRozan was having the best night of his game scoring at will and breaking the franchise record with a total of 52 points.
It was a high scoring affair as both teams never scored below 25 points per quarter. The Bucks shot at 47.3% but the Raptors did better at 49.5% field goal. Kyle Lowry was also amazing last night contributing 26 points. The Raptors have the best record in home games with 14 wins and only 1 loss.
Side note: Vince Carter and Terrence Ross are the only other players to score more than 50 points as a Raptor with 51 each.
Al Horford returned and helped the Celtics keep their streak going.
Kyrie Irving is out.
Gordon Hayward is out for the season.
Another win for the hottest team in the league right now.
Just when we all thought that the Toronto Raptors would end the 11-game winning streak of Boston, Jayson Tatum scored on an acrobatic with under 2 minutes to play in the 4th quarter to give the Celtics, a 5-point cushion, en route to a 95-94 victory for the Boston Celtics- their 12th consecutive win and the first win without superstar guard Kyrie Irving who was elbowed in the face in their previous game.
So how did the Celtics come out victorious this time around?
Below are the numbers:
Defense Won it All
DeMar DeRozan: 8 of 22 (including 1 of 4 from the three-point line)
Kyle Lowry: 5 of 10
If the backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan is defended well, you beat Toronto. Simple. Why? DeRozan, for one, is never a great shooter, to begin with, and if you put clamps on him, the more shots he will clank. In fact, he had two chances to beat Boston. Two chances. Two misses. Two clanks! Typical DeMar, isn’t it?
With the Celtics missing both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, having Al Horford back after missing 2 games due to a concussion, was a welcome development for Boston and Horford didn’t disappoint either. He top-scored with 21 points, making 8 of 9 field goal attempts including 1 three-pointer. Just the kind of offensive output Boston needed from one of its veterans.
Another Balanced Effort from the Starters
Al Horford: 21 points
Jaylen Brown: 18 points
Marcus Smart: 14 points
Jayson Tatum: 13 points
Aron Baynes: 8 rebounds
One of the reasons why the Celtics have been so successful even without their stars is the mere fact that whoever starts for them, he can produce good numbers one way or another. Sure, DeRozan and Lowry had 24 and 19 respectively but they were the only Toronto starters in double figures. And that’s the reason why they lost.
Boston had 4 starters in double figures to compensate the struggles of their bench. And yes, Tatum was again, efficient- making 6 of 15 attempts and grabbing 7 rebounds- all in 33 minutes of action.
If anything, this win proved something: the Celtics can compete even without Kyrie Irving on board. If they can keep up this level of competitiveness, they will definitely be a force to be reckoned with come the playoffs.
DeMar DeRozan has agreed to a five-year, $139 million deal to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors.
Derozan and the Raptors had a successful year last season after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals only to bow down against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 6 games.
Derozan had his best season in his entire seven year career after averaging a career best 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal in 35.9 minutes of action per game. He is now considered one of the best shooting guard in the league.
The Raptors has been consistent enough to get to the playoffs this past few years thanks to their Front Office and Dwayne Casey, the emergence of Derozan has been good but it wasnt enough at certain times it maybe in the same mold of what Joe Johnson did during his prime except Johnson maybe a better shooter. Speaking of Johnson, Amir just left the Raptors to play for the Celtics, but they were busy enough this off season and acquired one of the most improve player this past year. Demarre Carroll is a highly coveted free agent even though he is currently injured and he chose to play for the Raptors for the next 4 years and will get earn $60 million.
They didnt stop there certainly they had a void to fill with Johnson leaving. They were able to sign Luis Scola, BismackBiyombo, they still have James Johnson and Pat Patterson for the PF spot. I know that it maybe a bit boring to read if I continue this way so let me go ahead and provide their possible Lineup this up coming season.
PG – Lowry / Corey Joseph /Wright (#20th Pick)
SG – Derozan / Powell / Fields
SF – Caroll / Ross /Roberts Jr
PF – Patterson / Scola / Johnson
C – JV (Valanciunas) / Biyombo / Nogueira
This line up is stack and I think its better than last year even though they lost Vasquez they got Caroll and Derozan would be better playing at SG than SF at times. Caroll is also a great defender and with Casey as the head coach expect that there team will strive to be greater next season.
Expectation is huge for this team this coming season but it won’t be easy in the east now, however rumor has it that they might still be able to sign Tristan Thompson. They will need to remove some pieces to make room for Thompson. If that happens Raptors might beat Cavs 🙂 of course I just mentioned that to make you guys wonder.