You know who the Raptors are this season? The comeback kids; minus the complete comebacks.
After keeping the game respectable for most of the first half, the Raptors found themselves down 23 midway through the third quarter. Stuck 23 on the road, out west, game over, right?
Toronto’s bench led yet another rally, which included keeping the Blazers off the scoreboard for about five minutes, and before you knew it, we had an eight point ball game early in the fourth.
So now we’re in for an exciting finish right? Wrong again. Cutting the deficit to eight was the highlight of the game for the Raptors (unless you’re one of those foolish fans who jumped out of your seat when Jarrett Jack kept the three-point streak alive).
The Blazers exploded as quickly as they had just imploded. A circus shot here, a steal there, a three-pointer here, and once again, Portland had opened up a 20-plus point lead over Toronto.
For those that will pin this loss on the fact that the Raps were coming off last night’s spirited effort in L.A., I’m not buying it. Sure, fatigue might have had something to do with the fact that the Raptors shot just 36.8 percent from the field, but at the end of the day, they just couldn’t play 48 minutes with a vastly superior team…again. And that’s really all it comes down to.
Two bright spots for the Raptors over the last couple of nights were Jose Calderon and Julian Wright. Jose played the way we have all been waiting for him to play for the last two years and Julian Wright brought a great defensive effort and intensity to both games that should earn him some minutes in the future.
I will close with this: I would be willing to bet a lot on the fact that this team will never win a basketball game shooting 1-17 from three. I’d say that’s a safe bet, no?
Raptors Player of the Game: Jose Calderon – 21 Min, 12 Pts, 5-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl
Blazers Player of the Game: Brandon Roy – 37 Min, 26 Pts, 9-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 8-8 FT, 2 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 Blk
Goat of the Game: DeMar DeRozan – 29 Min, 2 Pts, 1-10 FG, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO