Game one of 66 in the Toronto Raptors 2011/12 campaign started off with what may just be a rare win. The Raptors gave Dwane Casey a successful debut as head coach while ruining rookies Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson’s NBA debuts.
What was most impressive about the Raptors win was the fact that they did it without dominant performances from Demar DeRozan or Andrea Bargnani. The Raps had balanced scoring throughout the game and only got 15 points from Demar in his season debut.
Jose Calderon was the Raptors player of the game as his eleven assists helped with the Raptors balanced attack and got Amir Johnson some inside looks. If Jose can distribute the ball like he did last night then the Raptors will have a chance to play more winning basketball.
On the Cavs end Canadian Tristan Thompson looked NBA-ready in his Cavs debut while Kyrie Irving struggled. The Cavs look like they are headed to another high lottery pick this season, which might be the best possible outcome for them.
The 1-0 Raptors face a tough test in the Pacers in their home opener tomorrow. Check back for a preview of tomorrow’s match up.