Oh, Canada! Raptors 101, Cavaliers 91

Kirk LammersContributor IOctober 28, 2009

Photo: AP/Nathan Denette


Schedule makers didn't do the Cavaliers any favors, but right now, they're not doing themselves any favors either. The Cavaliers on their first back-to-back came out with very little energy, and never recovered from the second quarter surge of the Raptors that pushed their lead to as much as 20. The pressure and panic ratchets up a notch now as the Cavaliers are 0-2 with glaring negatives outweighing the positives in the early going.

Bargnani Blitzkrieg: For everyone wondering why on earth Toronto selected Andrea Bargnani with the number one overall pick back in 2007, tonight is Exhibit A. The 7-foot Italian was feeling it from all over in the Air Canada Centre. He hit several jumpshots, and then when the Cavaliers changed defenders, he used his size advantage inside to get a couple of cheap buckets. In all, Bargnani scored 28 on a super-efficient 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds. Most of the damage he inflicted came in the first half with 21 of his 28 coming in the first two quarters. Bargnani is a poor rebounder and defender, but if he can display an offensive arsenal like tonight, then he'll be successful in the league and in Toronto's system.