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It was this easy for the Wizards all night

I don’t know what was more embarrassing tonight; the road team’s effort or the home team’s crowd. The Raptors got spanked in every facet of basketball in front of 11 000 lifeless fans. If this recap was limited to 20 words or less, that would be it.

One thing we can say about this Raptors team is that they are very easy to read in the game’s opening minutes.

You can tell when they are going to come out and play balls to the wall, as they did in their Florida back-to-back on the weekend, and you can tell when they are going to play like a star-studded team that thinks they can coast. Tonight was the latter, and as Washington proved, the Raptors are as far away from being a star-studded team as Gilbert Arenas is to being a model citizen.

The Raps were down four after one quarter and trailed by just seven at the break, but if you watched the first 24 minutes, you knew it should have been much, much more. They settled for jump-shots, which they missed, they seemingly chose not to rebound or defend and they showed absolutely no emotion. For a young team lacking star-power, that’s a catastrophic combination, no matter the opponent.

At one point in the third quarter, after Reggie Evans converted a board and bucket, he appeared to yell “wake your asses up!” to the rest of his team as he ran down the floor. Thanks for vocalizing Canadian ball fans’ frustrations tonight, Reggie.

Aside from Reggie’s usual intensity, Weems brought some hustle, Kleiza showed a little life in his return to action, and Jarrett Jack showed some heart, but was ineffective overall. Other than that, the rest of the roster was, for the most part, abysmal.

You have to wonder what was going through Jay Triano and the coaching staff’s minds tonight. If they even began to believe for a minute that this team had gotten over the hump from a consistent effort standpoint, they were jolted back to reality tonight.

Tonight’s loss had nothing to do with coaching, so I don’t want to take shots at Jay. But there was a point in the third quarter where it was still only a 10-15 point game, and he trotted out a lineup of Calderon, Banks, Weems, Andersen and Evans. Really, Jay?

Tomorrow night the Raps are in Philly to take on a 2-9 Sixers team that might be without Andre Iguodala. They seem ripe for the taking, but you should never count on this Raptors team in ideal situations, like you should never count them out in adverse situations.

Raptors Player of the Game: Linas Kleiza – 20 Min, 15 Pts, 7-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT, 5 Reb

Wizards Player of the Game: Andray Blatche – 32 Min, 22 Pts, 9-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

Goat of the Game: Jose Calderon – 17 Min, 3 Pts, 1-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO

Comments (6)

  1. just a quick point about the notion that other teams are “ripe for the taking” as you phrase it w/r/t the sixers game tonight.

    the hard truth is, when our local sportscasters term a game “winnable” for the Raptors, it’s not really. it’s actually a winnable game for the opposition. the Magic game was a classic “trap” game for Orlando. A lousy team comes in to your building and you cough it up to them.

    There are no “winnable” games for Toronto. We’re the ones other teams refer to as beatable.

    Once again, it’s so apparent that BC needs to be let go; he can’t be trusted to form a winning lineup and there’s no way I would want him handling another draft. The first piece of business the new GM needs to execute is to deal away bargnani. He’s a cancer on this team. It’s so obviously no one respects him. Until Bosh left, in Barg’s own admission, he wasn’t even sitting with the other core players on the team bus.

    i’d like to hear from the Bargnani fans now. I’d like them to repost all their defense of Barg’s talent and ever present ‘potential’. Where are you guys? …. …. ….

    Let’s agree finally that Colangelo has turned this franchise into an embarrassment. Let’s all admit that we can’t stand to watch them play anymore. And adding insult to the injury of this deplorable situation is that Matt Devlin windbag who only exacerbates the odiousness of the presentation. BANG ON! ugh. SHUT UP.

    As for Triano, it’s obvious he’s middling. he can stay or go this season i don’t care. But it’s a forgone conclusion that he will not survive a new GM. How could he? What possible qualifications or achievements can anyone point to that indicate JT can get the most out of an NBA lineup? Certainly not his record. Certainly not a consistent team effort. Certainly not a coherent rotation. I mean, what’s left, running good practices? sigh.

    sigh. time for a change.

  2. I’m done cheering for the wins…just want to see Amir, Demar and Sonny continue to grow so they are ready to play with Mr. Irving:

  3. The raptors already exceeded my expectations. I am suprised sonny weem got to play almost 30 min, I dont get it he is no a soft euro player with less than d-league tallent and heart.
    Teaching player to play like the ones you have on the bench not playing is the raptors theme for this season.
    Triano is by far the worst coach in any sport or organized event.

  4. Stopped by for a moment to see if Holly had written anything lately (or Scott … but I’ll read whatever’s here) and … have to say, I’m a little surprised … no, scratch that – I’m absolutely dumbfounded that Joseph (the recap writer) made no mention of the huge game-long dump that Bargnani was taking, over near their own bench, throughout the whole evening. I mean … really? This is a recap? Oh … a MINI recap. Oh well, then. Never mind.

  5. the negativity in the four comments above is hilarious. If you people thought this team would be even half-decent, I feel sorry for you all. They are doing what everyone knew they would do….TANK TANK TANK baby. High draft pick coming.
    Bargs is soft we all know it, but there was worse last night. Liek seriously did you watch jack and calderon in washington??

  6. 511: I’ve been trying to get my full recap with video breakdown up but we’re having a technical problem getting my video clips to process. If they’re not available within the hour, I’m going to have to abandon my recap post and just put up tonight’s game thread.

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