The Memphis Grizzlies came to town on the back-to-back — after knocking off the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night — but they still seemed to have enough in the tank in the 1ST quarter against the Raptors … shooting 54% from the floor … and leading Toronto 29-27 after the first 12 minutes of action.
However, the wheels quickly fell off for Memphis in the 2ND … as their offense went ice-cold … shooting just 3 of 19 from the floor; scoring only 10 points in the period; trailing 57-39 at the half.
The Raptors put up 30 points on the Grizz in that 2ND quarter … built up a 28-point lead at one point during the 3RD quarter … and they put it on cruise control to a 103-91 victory.
Toronto laid this whoopin’ despite losing two key pieces during the game: Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani.
Bosh went down in the 2ND quarter with a right groin strain. Word has it that the injury originally occurred in practice yesterday but the 2-time All Star wanted to give it a go against Memphis. He played 12 minutes and tallied 10 points and 1 rebound before pulling the chute.
Carlos Delfino started the 2ND half in Bosh’s spot.
Bosh said in the locker room after the game that he was feeling better and he “should be ok”.
Bargnani went down early in the 4TH quarter after colliding with Memphis’ Stromile Swift – going knee-on-knee. Bargs had a tough time getting off the floor. When knees are involved, speculation automatically swirls in regards to the severity of the knee injury. But the news was good for the 2nd-year forward … as the Raptors’ medical staff said Bargnani suffered a simple contusion.
Bargnani will ice the knee overnight and he’ll be re-evaluated before practice on Thursday.
It might be fair to say that both players are day-to-day right now … so it’s too early to tell if either player will be able to suit-up against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Toronto’s next game – at home – on Friday.
Jose Calderon turned in another strong performance against Memphis – 13 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and just 1 turnover in 34 minutes of action. On “Spanish Night” at the ACC … with his personalized bobble-head shakin’ all over the stands … Calderon led Toronto over the .500 mark at 8-7.