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It was all smiles for the Jazz on Wednesday night

Let’s be clear about one thing: No one, not even the most optimistic/delusional Raptors fan would have predicted a Toronto win tonight, so I’m not going to write this blog as if the Raps let one slip.

They are not supposed to beat Utah at all, let alone in Utah, where the methodical Jazz run like clockwork.

Having said that, the effort the Raptors put forth in the second and third quarters, and to an extent in the fourth, was good enough that had it been sustained for 48 minutes, would have given them at least a fighting chance.

Twelve minutes of running around like chickens with their heads cut off (and let’s be honest, that’s what the first quarter looked like) to open the game buried the Raptors. They found themselves down 19 points after one quarter, giving up an inexcusable 41 first quarter points.

The bench came through in the second quarter to alleviate some of the deficit, but the real bright spot for the Raptors was the third quarter, where the duo of Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan looked unstoppable offensively and Toronto’s defence held the Jazz to just 36 percent shooting in the third. The Raptors even chipped the Utah lead down to one.

The knockout punch came at the end of the third. Trailing by two, the Raptors gave Deron Williams two free throws, which he made. DeMar DeRozan then stepped out of bounds attempting a half-court heave, and with 1.7 seconds left off the ensuing in-bound, C.J. Miles banked in a three-pointer.

What looked like it might only be a two-point deficit heading into the fourth quickly became seven.

You know the rest of the story. The Raptors couldn’t hang with the Jazz in the fourth, and found themselves sitting at 1-3 by the end of the night.

At this point, just keeping the games in L.A. and Portland respectable to close this road trip would be an accomplishment.

Raptors Player of the Game: Andrea Bargnani – 36 Min, 26 Pts, 8-19 FG, 2-3 3pt, 8-9 FT, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

Jazz Player of the Game: Deron Williams – 41 Min, 22 Pts, 7-14 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 8-9 FT, 8 Reb, 14 Ast, 2 Stl

Goat of the Game: Linas Kleiza – 21 Min, 4 Pts, 2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO

Comments (7)

  1. I didn’t see the game, but the box score says Amir only played 6 minutes. What happened?

  2. Amir seems to have lost his 4 fouls in 10 minutes role on the team to Joey Dorsey .

    If the combined 21 million dollars worth of calderon/barbosa/amir (and the other bench guys for that matter) could do anything off the bench other than come in and play bad defense, the raps might turn the corner and start looking like a decent team.

  3. This team needs leadership and no one in the theam has the closer profile.

  4. theyre 1-3, but have looked better than we thought. if they play this way, theyll beat the crappy east bottom teams, and we’ll be in the playoff race. Believe it

  5. Someone sell me on this Kleiza guy. Every time I watch, he looks like a bull in a china shop.

  6. wow. so this is what it’s come to under the Triano/Colangelo regime… hoping for respectable losses.

  7. Thats the team we have. Like it or not we are rebuilding!
    Respectable losses baby! Gonna get me a PG in the lottery!

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