Raptors tipoff: Clippers up next

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

TORONTO - Marquee matchup

Since Andrea Bargnani’s too slow and Amir Johnson is banged up and might not play, the task of trying to contain rookie of the year in waiting Griffin will fall to Davis.

Good luck. Sure, Davis is coming off a career-best 13 rebound game, but Griffin is averaging 12.6 boards a night. Davis, who says he is surprised at the impact Griffin has been able to have in his first season in the NBA, will have his hands full against the far more powerful Griffin.

Davis’ plan: “Take him out of his comfort zone and try to get him into things he doesn’t want to do.”.

Scouting report

Few teams play as exciting a style as the Clippers, who consistently go above the rim. Griffin, athletic marvel DeAndre Jordan and Al-Farouq Aminu can all soar higher than almost everybody else in the league.

Baron Davis is finally starting to look like his old self, averaging 19.2 points, 10.7 assists and 3.5 steals over his past four games, all on the road.

Eric Gordon, averaging nearly 25 points per game, is an outstanding complement for Griffin, though he is currently injured.

Did you know

Griffin has averaged 28.1 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists over his past 10 home games, though the Clippers are just 4-18 on the road ... Centre Chris Kaman is still out. In his absence, Jordan has emerged as one of the season’s major surprises and has played himself into what surely will be a massive raise on the free agent market this summer ... The Clippers have dropped 5-of-6 games after going 9-1 at home in January and likely will come in angry, having lost to Cleveland this week to end the Cavaliers’ NBA-record 26-game losing streak.


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