The Raptors were double trouble at the point guard position yesterday.
Toronto's two point guards, Jose Calderon and T.J. Ford, who has given up his starting spot to Calderon temporarily because of a sore right ankle, combined for 19 assists in the Raptors' 122-110 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers managed only 23 in total.
Calderon has played exceptionally well while Ford was out of the lineup. But now that Ford is getting healthier by the day, the Raptors have two excellent options at the one spot to run the offence.
"It's a beautiful thing when you have both point guards playing well and are on the same page," forward Morris Peterson said. "They're the cogs, they get everything going, they know everybody's game. And to their credit, they work hard and they deserve all the success they're having this year."
In yesterday's game, Calderon picked up 10 points and 12 assists while Ford had 17 points and seven boards off the bench.
"They've been playing well together," Chris Bosh said. "When one comes in and the other goes out, there's not a letup in the offensive pressure that we put on a defence. They're both unselfish and they both look to make plays."
The key, said Ford, is to pack the egos away.
"We've been complementing each other very well all year," he said. "There are no egos. Everybody plays their role on this team, and that's what makes it a lot of fun. And that's what allows us to be successful."
THE MOUTH THAT ROARED
Clippers guard Sam Cassell was at his yappy best yesterday, arguing with the referees after many whistles.
He finally was slapped with a technical foul with 3:47 left in the third quarter by referee Bob Delaney when Cassell started whining about something after Toronto's Jose Calderon was slapped with a foul. Of course, Cassell argued the tech.
AROUND THE RIM
Ford's infant son was playing catch with a tennis ball with Morris Peterson after the game, prompting Mo Pete to say: "Hey, you pass better than your daddy" ... A big cheers came out of the Raptors lounge yesterday after Tyronn Lue of the Atlanta Hawks hit a buzzer-beater to defeat the New Jersey Nets.