Going into Saturday night, Toronto Raptors fans hadn’t seen a shooting guard erupt for 50 or more points since Vince Carter was playing north of the border. Well, thanks to an injury to Demar DeRozan early on, a new star in Toronto was born — kind of. Terrence Ross used and abused the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday as the 28-year old managed to drop 51 points on Doc Rivers‘ bunch.
That’s not a misprint folks. Ross, who only averages around 20 minutes per game, punished the Clippers like they were fielding one of their dreadful teams from the late 2000s. To be fair: Los Angeles still found a way to win the game! Even still, the Clippers’ fan base can’t feel to giddy about it’s team surrendering half a 100 to a player that was struggling to even get playing as recent as last week.
Sure, Los Angeles doesn’t have to worry about Ross or Toronto come playoff time, but this could mark a key point in the Clippers’ season. For all of the offensive firepower that Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick bring to the table, each is a total question mark on the defensive side of the ball.
Moreover, Los Angeles knows that not having a well-rounded defense in the postseason is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. The regular season is still young, so let’s see if the narrative around the Clippers can change before the summertime hits.