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As Scott alluded to today in his game thread, an entertaining game was expected between two young teams that can score with the best of them and don’t really like to play defence.

Without Amir Johnson or Reggie Evans, the Raptors were fighting an uphill battle before the opening tip. It also didn’t help that something or someone stripped the team of its collective pride and heart before the game started.

It was evident in the early minutes that defence would be an after-thought in this one, as both teams ran at a break-neck pace on the offensive end in the first quarter. James Johnson and DeMar DeRozan had the Raptors in the ball game early on, but it didn’t last long.

Golden State hung a Raptors franchise record 45 first quarter points on Toronto and showed no signs of slowing down in the second quarter.

Of course, the Raptors also did nothing to slow the Warriors down, rolling out the red carpet and practically begging the Warriors to drive the ball through the paint and down their throats.

By the time the buzzer sounded to bring the first half to a close, four Warriors were already in double figures, the Raptors were already down by 26 and had given up a franchise record 84 first half points.

For anyone associated with the team, as a coach, trainer, management team member, fan, or otherwise, it might have been the most embarrassing 24 minutes of basketball they will ever witness. It just didn’t seem as bad at the time because their 20-52 team hasn’t played a meaningful game in months.

Are the Warriors a better basketball team than the Raptors? Absolutely. Do the Raptors have a sub-par defensive roster? You betcha. But believe me, this had nothing to do with skill, youth, injuries (Calderon left the game early with a hamstring injury) or defensive ability. The Raptors simply didn’t feel the need to put in an honest effort or an honest day’s work on Friday night. They showed up without heart and left without pride.

For all intents and purposes, they quit early in the second quarter.

There’s nothing to really say about the second half at this point. The Raptors “settled things down” on defence, allowing just 54 points in the second half and stopping the Warriors at 138. If you’re wondering, Golden State shot 61 per cent from the field…in the game, not just in one quarter or one half.

I won’t waste any more words or any more of your time on this game, because if you’ve read this far or unfortunately actually watched the game, it means you’ve already expended more energy than the team you follow did tonight. And they get paid a lot more than you do to use that energy.

The Raptors don’t have to win on Saturday night against the Clippers to prove a point, but they do need to come out with one of their better efforts of the season just to prove that they haven’t checked out early and won’t simply play out the string.

Raptors fans should be thinking ahead to the draft and next year. But the players should still be focused on doing their jobs.

Raptors Player of the Game: James Johnson – 36 Min, 14 Pts, 6-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk (I really considered leaving this space empty, but Johnson seemed to be the only Raptor who gave a crap tonight)

Warriors Player of the Game: Monta Ellis – 42 Min, 27 Pts, 9-17 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT, 4 Reb, 10 Ast, 4 Stl

Goat of the Game: Andrea Bargnani – 27 Min, 7 Pts, 2-10 FG, 3-4 FT, 5 Ast (That’s right, ZERO rebounds in 27 minutes for a seven-footer)

Comments (13)

  1. **********************

    * FART NOISE*

  2. That’s all that should be said about tonight’s game.

  3. I dunno. Watching this silly game, as much as I could bear, it seemed clear that the Raptors let the Warriors dictate the pace so thoroughly right from the get-go, it was ridiculous.

    The first half saw Bargnani rushing every shot like his pants were on fire (which is never going to be good) and the team seemed to take that as a cue and ran around like headless chickens in a panic. Before they knew it, it was over … and that was after only 24 minutes. As for the ‘zero rebounds’ … well, Bargs stunk, no question, but from what I saw, there weren’t too many rebounds to be had. Defensively, anyway.

    There’s enough blame to go all around and back again but I put the biggest part of it on Jay Triano. He could’ve – and should’ve – gotten his team to think a bit and slow the pace down, way down … but he didn’t. The team looked so not-prepared — and it’s not like we haven’t seen GS come out like this before; we know how they like to play — it got right out of control, almost from the outset. It wasn’t even bad coaching; it was no coaching. In my opinion, anyway.

  4. Is this what the raptors and the nba have come to?

  5. I looked at the stats and thought it would be good to comment on Ed Davis’ stat line. :)

  6. I hope Blake dunks on Bargnani so hard that he retires.

  7. All in all a well coached game by Triano. If there a better motivator in the league I’m not sure where he is hiding.

  8. TrueTorontoFan, Good point. I knew Ed was having a decent game while I was watching, but I really didn’t realize he had put up 18 and 11. And I don’t know how I missed that in the boxscore. Looking at it now, he definitely could have replaced James Johnson as Raptors Player of the Game. I guess Davis’ performance is the silver lining in this embarrassment. But I’m sure we’d all like to see him put up numbers like that in a game that’s not over by halftime.

  9. @PBI,

    That’s hilarious

  10. @PBI — Hi Nilanka.

  11. Just read that Julian Wright wouldnt go in the game. Maybe he was looking for his shot.

  12. ” But, Doug! He’s a disgrace to the game!!!!”

  13. Now Shooter, don’t you hurt nobody.

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