The LA Clippers are looking a little sickly so far on this road trip, and a trip to Toronto Raptors might be just what the Dr ordered. The Blake Show is only 3 –7 over their last 10, AND 1-5 in the last 6. The raptors are even more anemic- Toronto has dropped 16 of their last 17 games. The Clips are coming into town missing Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, and Craig Smith, but are dragging a 4-19 road record into town to face Toronto’s 9-17 home showing, AKA Battle of the Movable Object vs Resistible Force.
Toronto has it’s own Hall of the Walking Wounded, with F Linas Kleiza out for the season and essential pieces Amir Johnson and Leandro Barbosa not available. I’m eager to see if Toronto installed a trap door or a shock plate under the Clips basket, or use some other elaborate devices to slow down Blake Griffin (22.8 ppg, 12.6 rpg), because with Amir Johnson questionable to go, Blake Griffin would make an omelet out of the Raps’ interior D. Look for little used bruiser Joey Dorsey to try his hand at slowing the Blake Express. Randy foy looks to continue his streak of solid play (17 point 4th quarter eruption on his way to 24 at New York, 23 in the Cleveland loss, 15.4 ppg the last 5 games), and look for Baron Davis to continue his roll; he’s going for 20 and 10 a night in his last 5. For Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scores in bunches (21.5 ppg) but rebounds like a kitten, Demar Derozen is a star-in-the-making, and athletic supersub Jerryd Bayless is a pitbull. But there’s no way Jose Calderon stays in front of a rejuvenated Baron Davis, and Blake Griffin, paired with DeAndre Jordan, should just be too much for the Raptors to handle inside. The Clippers should take it to Toronto early; the overall talent level of the Clips should be enough to snatch a win in Canada. One promis- THERE WILL BE DUNKS.