The Toronto Raptors finally snapped their losing streak against the Orlando Magic, and Jerryd Bayless was one of the main reasons why.
Once again, Bayless has sparked a point guard controversy. For some reason, the young point guard only seems to play well when Jose Calderon is out of the line-up and Bayless is in the starting line-up.
The reason for this is probably because Bayless is very potent, but when he’s coming off the bench he feels urged to force his offense because he needs to earn his minutes. When he’s starting, he plays much more relaxed and in control.
Calderon will probably be shut down for the rest of the season, and Bayless will be given the keys.
Bayless is averaging 15.9 points in eight games starting, along with 7.5 assists.
If Bayless continues his stellar play for the rest of the season, Jose Calderon could start next season on the bench, or even on another team.
The Raptors might even end up drafting a point guard, and this will make Calderon even more expendable.
On another note, Andrea Bargnani is still being bothered by his ankle, and could very well be shut down for the remaining games.
Anyway, onto the report.
Performance on a scale of 1-10: 7.5
Here is a recap of the three games:
Raptors vs Bucks, L 98-104
The Raps were in it the whole game, were solid defensively and on the glass. Andrea Bargnani finished with 22 points in his return to the line-up, and DeMar DeRozan contributed 20.
The effort just wasn’t on the level of the Bucks. The Bucks are trying to make a playoff push, and the Raps just didn’t give a strong enough effort to get the W. Also, Andrea Bargnani only had two rebounds, which is quite frankly, embarassing.
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