The Toronto Raptors are certainly improving and are no longer a walk in the park for any NBA team. They are led by DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, both of whom are having terrific seasons. They will make the playoffs this year in the lowly Eastern Conference. However, even a Los Angeles Clippers team without Chris Paul is still better at the moment.
Blake Griffin is simply becoming too much of a force for opponents to handle. He’s playing the best basketball of his career and is playing like a top-10 player in the NBA this season. On Friday night at home against the visiting Raptors, he continued his stellar play. Griffin led the Clippers to a 118-105 victory. He finished with 36 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field and made 10 of his 13 free-throw attempts. Griffin also had eight rebounds, two steals and one block on the night. The Raptors had no answer for him the whole game.
DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford each helped Griffin with big nights. Crawford scored 21 points to go with six rebounds and six assists. Jordan had 18 points and 13 rebounds. He also was a significant presence on the defensive end with two steals and two blocks.
DeRozan was the best player once again for Toronto. Set to make his first All-Star appearance, DeRozan scored 36 points, had eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block. He did struggle a bit from the field as made just nine of his 21 shot attempts, but he was relentless in attacking the basket; he made 17-of-19 free-throw attempts.
As for Lowry, he has had better games. He finished just 6-of-18 from the floor, scoring 19 points on the night. He had six rebounds, but only three assists.
The Raptors will have better games. They simply just ran into a red-hot Griffin.