DeMar DeRozan has taken his game to another level this season. The post-ups, consistency with the mid-range jumper & increased attention to rebounding have turned him into a potential all-star candidate through 10 games. However, there is no confusion as to what his strongest skill is – dunking.
On Tuesday night in Philadelphia, DeMar threw down a vintage two-handed alley-oop from Dom McGuire (who gets away with taking at least 4 steps)…
The Raptors have lacked a lot of things in recent years — talent, playoff appearances, respect from around the league — but since Chris Bosh left for Miami a couple of years ago, they’ve also been short on players who were legitimately funny and entertaining. (I’m not aware of Leandro Barbosa doing anything this weird while he was a Raptor.) New Raptor Landry Fields brings some off-the-court intangibles that may not justify his contract in the minds of most Raptors fans, but will almost certainly make this team more fun to follow:
His girlfriend, Elaine Alden, is not in any way difficult to look at.
Why do I get the feeling that the last point will be a bigger selling point for fans than the other ones combined? Regardless, while we don’t know how much better Fields will make this team, he’s definitely going to make the Raptors more interesting.
Nene, Trevor Booker, Rashard Lewis and Andray Blatche were all out of the lineup for the Wizards tonight, so they were easy pickings for most NBA teams. The Raptors are not most NBA teams, so they had to fend off a late charge where the Wizards got within three points with a little over a minute to go in the fourth quarter. Ultimately, the Wizards won the battle of who could care less and basically guaranteed they’ll have more lottery ping-pong balls than the Raptors.
Presented without comment: Here is the reaction from the Orlando Magic bench when fans at the Air Canada Centre cheered after the Raptors broke the 100-point mark while trailing the Magic by 17 points with two seconds left in the fourth quarter, which meant fans could trade in their tickets for a free slice of Pizza Pizza. Fist-bump to the fan (who wants to remain anonymous) who sent me this video.
There has been no shortage of reasons to be embarrassed to be a Raptors fan over the 17 years of the franchise’s existence. But there is one constant, recurring incident that never fails to make me feel like I’m rooting for a D-League team, and that is the reaction of fans at the Air Canada Centre when the Raptors break the 100-point mark in a game. You see, any time the Raptors score 100 points at a home game — regardless of whether they’re winning or losing — a distressing number of fans go crazy because they’re able to redeem their tickets for a free slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza at a Canadian restaurant chain.
Any time I attend a game and the Raptors start to approach the 100-point mark, some fans will inevitably start chanting “Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!” and I have to resist throwing toonies at them and yelling, “Here’s your slice! Now shut the hell up!” I know that these are tough economic times for some people, but if you can afford to go to a Raptors game, you can afford a slice of pizza.
Some of you might be thinking: “What kind of a monster criticizes people for celebrating free food?” This guy, that’s who. And I know I’m not alone on this issue. It’s one thing if the Raptors are winning — in that case, enjoy your free slices. Whatever.
But when fans at the Air Canada Centre cheer when the Raptors break 100 while they’re on their way to a crushing loss? That’s when I die a little bit inside. If you watched the end of last night’s loss to the Magic, you saw that it happened again.