O.J. Mayo and Rudy GayNine hundred and eighty-six games. That’s how long the NBA’s most meaningless streak lasted until it ended last night at the Air Canada Centre. I’m referring, of course, to the Toronto Raptors’ consecutive game streak for making at least one three-pointer.

Every time I heard either Chuck Swirsky or Matt Devlin refer to this ridiculous streak either because a Raptor made the team’s first three-pointer of the game or because the Raptors had yet to make one and it was the fourth quarter, I felt a little embarrassed to be a Raptors fan. This is what we hang our hats on? The fact that this streak was incessantly brought up was only slightly less irritating than somebody telling me how many days in a row he’d had a bowel movement. I can’t come up with a form of measurement that would describe how little I cared about this “accomplishment”.

Considering the team, doesn’t it figure that the game the Raptors can’t make a single three-pointer (out of 13 attempts) is the one where they lose by two points? It would be funny if this wasn’t the team’s eighth loss in a row and if I was capable of finding anything humourous about the state of the franchise.

Last night’s loss gave the Raptors a 2-9 record this season in games decided by five points or fewer. Not that this team wins a lot of blowouts either, but crunch-time is clearly not a comfort zone for this squad. Rudy Gay, on the other hand, appears to have ice water in his veins. He beat the Heat with a last-second shot on Nov. 20 and he did it again with this dagger that left 0.8 seconds on the clock. Note: This is a hilarious and profane fan video of the winning shot, so make sure you put your headphones on if you’re attempting to watch this at work.

“NOOOO! NOT THIS GUY!” Yes, that guy. He’s pretty good.

You know who else was pretty good last night? Jerryd Bayless. He finished two rebounds short of a triple-double with a 15/11/8 line as he reminded us of the variety of things he can do that Jose Calderon can’t. Jose’s a better shooter and playmaker, of course — and those things are admittedly pretty important for a point guard. But Jerryd’s penetration skills, defence and rebounding make him a nice change of pace. Here are some of his highlights from last night.

Bayless does need to improve his shot, his court vision and his decision making if he’s ever going to be a starting-quality point guard in this league. But he’s only 22 years old and he has the raw talent to be very good, possibly even a top-15 point guard one day. For a rebuilding team like this one, he’s a keeper.

In closing, let’s commemorate the death of a crappy streak with this video of legendary Raptors scrub Darrick Martin extending the streak to 629 games in 2006 with a pointless three-pointer at the final buzzer of a Raptors 19-point loss. Je me souviendrai de toi, D-Mart.

Comments (9)

  1. I have been a big Bayless supporter, but I have to say that his decision-making is still very questionable. Even when he scored to tie it up I couldn’t believe that our best play coming out of a time out really was “Have Jerryd go one on three and lay it up in traffic”, and the end of game finish was just embarassing.

    I like Bayless, but he looks to be more of a Barbosa-type scoring guard than a PG who can run a team.

  2. maybe jerryd will develop more into a monta ellis type of player with less athleticism.

  3. MLSE has to go….Doug Smith has to go…..Jay Triano and Leo Rautins both need to be canned too….Raps need a totally make over.

  4. Wow, was that last video serious???? Naw, can’t be.

  5. Brian: It’s definitely not serious.

  6. These comments are getting more and more hilarious all the time…I just really hope people are being funny on purpose. We could combine them, though, and suggest the MLSE trade Doug Smith and Jerryd Bayless to the Warriors for Monta. It would be just like the Gasol trade, where everyone would think that Pau was flat-out stolen at first, and then a couple of years later people would say “actually, when you factor in their contracts, I’d rather have a younger Gasol/less-athletic Monta”.

  7. Panic! Panic! Panic! Blow it all up!

  8. What a joke this franchise has become, from a fan perspective of course. From a shareholder perspective it’s been a great success…that’s the objective obviously, no surprise there.

    Who in their right mind would buy tickets to watch this team….better to support your local high school bball team than this sad bunch if you love basketball.

    There is no light at the end of the tunnel for the Raps. Mediocrity for as far as the eye can see. That is the market plan after all, thanks to the unsophisticated fan support.

    If I was running a company I’d do the same thing.

  9. Just for your eyes, Scott.
    Days ago, you answered this way to a comment of mine: “C.d.G.: I spent most of this post pointing out DeMar DeRozan’s faults and yet you chose to single out the one part where I refer to white players in a negative light. And I’m the one with a racial issue? I see you have a “.it” email address which in combination with the bizarre content of your comment means there’s no way I could hope to have a reasonable discussion with you about your boy, Bargnani. If you don’t like how he’s portrayed on here, feel free to start your Bargnani fansite where you can combat all the undeserved criticism your misunderstood countryman receives”
    You are deadly wrong, Scott. You are not allowed to answer publically like that. It’s totally unfair by you: you are not honest, and you treat me like a fool. I didn’t know you were such a jerk! Just a suspicion.
    First of all, you lie when you say you were ripping Derozan on that entire post. Read it again: totally false. Second: the fact I’m from Italy doesn’t count at all. Sorry for you, I’m not one of those waiters and pizzamen you get to know, going around with a 3-colours flag on their shoulders. I can’t stand either Bargs or many other stuff from Italy, and I dislike as many people either from Italy or Canada, when they deserve it.
    You can shoot Bargs dead any time you want, I’ll be serene. But don’t tell me you are objective, dude. Me, I CLEARLY see Bargs flaws, but I clearly see how you guys treat him AND the Euros in a biased way. It’s not that I love Bargnani, dear boy, it’s that you are not impartial. Anybody could read your lines and confirm you judge people on merit of racial issues, and you don’t even look to understand it!
    You and others look like willing to work out a sort of ethnical cleaning in the team: just be able to read what you write, baby. You can have reasonable discussion with me, or anyone else, as long as you are honest, and you are not here.
    Last, I don’t need to start any blog on Bargnani. Sorry, it’s not my life and my things. It’s just enough to go away from your untruly words. As you can see, I’m not the only one getting stuffed with you, guys. People get rid of you all the time, it seems. Most of all, your beloved “American” players. The more you keep licking their arses, the more they spit in your eyes and say “Bye, bye!”.
    Pure and hard truth, Scott. Cheers.

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