Any questions that had been asked about the Raptors were answered in the first half last night. The Raptors defense showed that it can stop a power-house team; Cleavland was held under 40 points at half time.
Leading the way on defense was Hedo Turkoglu, who registered three blocks, and Antwan Wright, who took several key charges throughout the course of the game.
The Raptors seemed to vibe well together. Any questions of chemistry should be thrown aside if Wednesday was the judge. Ten Raptors scored, and there were a number of pick and rolls between Turkoglu and Bosh.
Individually, we saw a number of good signs. Andrea Bargnani had a career high 21 first-half points before being limited to just seven in the second half due to foul trouble. Bargs was more active defensively, and drove rather then shot when he saw the opportunity, which was a very important improvement for Bargnani over the summer.
Bosh continued his good play as well, putting together a 21-16 night in a little under 40 minutes of play. It was nice to see Bosh kept under 40 minutes in a game versus Cleveland, and all indications show that he will still be the go-to man in Toronto.
Raptors new acquisition Hedo Turkoglu did fine in his Raptors debut, having a 12-and-seven night with three blocks. Calderon struggled from the field shooting 1-6 from the field, but he dished 11 dimes, so any shooting woes could be forgiven.
Young guns DeMar DeRozan and Marco Belinelli both had respectable games, scoring eight and 10 respectively. But the big news for both of these guys, is that they fit in perfectly. The chemistry Belinelli and Bargnani had was excellent to see, and I would like to apologize to Warriors fans for stealing him away from you.
With 30 seconds left on the clock, the fans began their standing ovation, breaking a five game losing streak to the Cav's (who beat the Raptors by an average of 19 PPG last year). The fans weren't just cheering for the Raptors incredible effort, and defense, but the knowledge that the Toronto Raptors may just be the real deal this year. Raptors win 101-91.