The battle of the 2006 draft picks wasn't much of a battle at all. Leaving LaMarcus Aldridge out of the mix and just focusing on Brandon Roy and Andrea Bargnani, Roy was a decisive winner scoring 33 points in just under 52 minutes, while dishing out 10 assists and pulling down five boards.
Bargnani, who managed his first foul 10 seconds into the game, was limited to 15 minutes and scored just four points.
Roy, selected sixth by the Minnesota Timberwolves and then dealt to Portland for the draft rights to guard Randy Foye and cash, is a rarity these days in that he completed four years of college before entering the draft. Anthony Parker, who spent a good portion of yesterday's game guarding Roy, certainly saw the effect that had on his maturity as a basketball player.
"Not only is he good -- he can shoot, he can finish at the basket -- he just knows how to play," Parker said. "You have to know how to play to do what he does from the point guard role. He just knows how to play. He takes his time, he never seems like he's out of control and he makes plays."
Roy wasn't even considered a definite for yesterday's game. He injured his tailbone in a game on January 5th and then had a scary collision Wednesday against Golden State.
"We thought he was doubtful for (yesterday's) game," Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said. "He came in and played well, pretty much kept us close, and was able to send us into overtime."
AROUND THE RIM
While the Raptors tied a season high with 37 defensive rebounds, their work on the offensive glass was abysmal compared to the Blazers who had 16 offensive boards compared to Toronto's seven ... Four different Raptors -- Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon, Carlos Delfino, and Parker -- set career highs for minutes in a game, led by Bosh's 55:25.