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Solid Start To Preseason As Raptors Rip Suns In Vancouver
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Raptors 129 78 SUNS
Jay Satur
October 6, 2010
Rogers Arena
Vancouver, B.C.

The Raptors were ahead by six after 12 minutes in Vancouver and simply buried a tired Suns team in the tail end of a back-to-back in the second quarter. After Linas Kleiza drilled threes on two straight trips down the floor with roughly six minutes to play in the frame, the lead was into double-digits and the rout was on.

For an enigmatic team such as this, one preseason blowout win clearly doesn't define this team, but it's a very encouraging start after an intense and, by all accounts, positive week of training camp.


When you blow out a team by 51 points, there's going to be no shortage of great performances, but Linas Kleiza continued to give every indication that he's going to be a key contributor for the Raptors this season.

Kleiza, who did most of his damage in the first half, scored an incredibly efficient 20 points on seven-of-nine shooting with four three-pointers, five rebounds and two steals. The crafty forward just doesn't force anything, takes what the defence gives him and plays a tough non-nonsense type of game.


Two big men in particular has impressive performances. At one end you have Joey Dorsey, who finished with a double double of 13 points and 10 boards (four offensive) in just over 17 minutes of work, including an absolutely punishing throwdown in the fourth quarter.

David Andersen, on the other hand, may not have had the flashiest line with six points, four rebounds and two steals in 16:18, but he acquitted himself nicely by showing a willingness to mix it up down low, defending hard and displaying his range.


"We told the guys before, if we can set the tone ... we have to play a first game. If we go out and lose by 50, I don't know if we believe what we've been saying in training camp. So to play like we did, its ok. But guess what? Teams are going to react to us now a little bit and we better be ready to pick it up every single time we step on the floor."

- Jay Triano on the significance of a solid start.


Sunday, Oct. 10 @ Boston
6:00 PM ET

The Raptors finally get back on Eastern Time and try to build on a solid debut in their second preseason matchup against their division rivals from Boston on Sunday. The NBA finalists have also made substantial changes to their lineup and boast several new faces, including big men Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal plus Delonte West to their backcourt. Please note that this preseason road game will not be televised in Canada.
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The Numbers
50.6 Shooting percentge from the floor for the Raptors
32 Total number of Suns' turnovers, versus 17 for the Raptors
23:47 Team-high in minutes for Andrea Bargnani
8 Team-high in rebounds from Suns forward Hedo Turkoglu
55 Huge number of free throw attempted by Toronto
They Said It...
Jose Calderon "Everybody shot the ball. Everybody passed the ball. That's the best part and that's the way we want to play. We know it's just a preseason game, but it's always better to have confidence."- Jose Calderon on the victory.
DeMar DeRozan "I had to get the bugs out in the first half. I was a little stiff. Trying to get into the rhythm of the game. But I'm not a rookie no more. I know what I've got to do." - Guard/Forward DeMar DeRozan, on scoring 12 of his 16 points in the second half.
Hedo Turkoglu "I can't wait to see (what it's like in) Toronto. That should be fun.'' - Hedo Turkoglu after a less than hospitable reception in Vancouver.