I’m tight for time today so I’m going to skip the extended recap and get right to the videos. What I will say is that based on what I saw last night, you could make the case that the three most talented players in that game (Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas) were all on the Bobcats. Barring a drastic turnaround, it seems clear that the Raptors are the worst team in the Eastern Conference — and possibly the league.
It was a rough game for DeMar DeRozan, who only played 21 minutes because he got in early foul trouble. Here’s DeRozan picking up his fourth foul in the third quarter because he didn’t even see D.J. Augustin coming. You’re not going to succeed in the NBA with this lack of awareness on defence.
In sharp contrast to DeRozan — who appeared frustrated and “out of it” for much of the game — Andrea Bargnani was refreshingly locked in on both ends of the floor last night. Check out how Boris Diaw pushes off on Bargnani in the post here before Andrea recovers to block his shot from behind. We need to see this kind of toughness from him more often.
For the third time this season, the Raptors had a chance to tie the game in the final minute of the fourth quarter and failed miserably. There wasn’t any kind of elaborate breakdown this time, Bargnani simply got stripped by Stephen Jackson — undoubtedly causing tens of thousands of facepalms across Raptors Nation.
It’s going to be morbidly amusing to see how many losses will pile up this season before something drastic happens. I wish no ill will on Jay Triano, but it seems logical that his head will be the first to roll — although he’s not the guy who put this putrid roster together. If I’m P.J. Carlesimo, I don’t think I would even want this job. This particular group of players is going to get outclassed game after game no matter who is coaching them. Dark days are upon us.