Another game and another loss for the Toronto Raptors. This time the opponent was the Milwaukee Bucks. Dropping a 104-98 decision to a Bucks team who is fighting hard to maintain in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Raptors have now lost five straight.

On Wednesday night, Brandon Jennings led the way with 25 points, but he had help as Drew Gooden scored 22 points to go with 11 rebounds and Andrew Bogut added 17 points and 10 rebounds of his own.

Unlike some of the recent performances from the Raptors, this one was tightly contested and came down to the final minutes and then seconds as the Bucks took care of business at the free throw line to sew up the victory.

It was the first time this season that the Bucks have won a game where they allowed their opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor. Toronto’s defence wasn’t much better than Miluwakee’s as they gave up 49 percent shooting to the Bucks.

While they kept it close, the Raptors were unable to execute down the stretch. With Jose Calderon on the bench after ┬áleaving the game in the fourth quarter with a sore left hamstring, the team couldn’t get it done in the final minutes. Twice, three-pointers from Carlos Delfino in the fourth quarter boosted the Bucks above the Raptors. After the game, Brandon Jennings would say that the pair of fourth-quarter three-pointers and a steal from Delfino made the difference in the game.

Another loss might be tough to swallow, but at least this game had competition and intensity. As the team finishes out the season, now is a time to look at the growth and maturation of the guys on the roster and to find positives outside of wins and losses. A couple things to be pleased with:

  • James Johnson had a career-high 10 rebounds to go with his eight points.
  • DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting, marking the 22nd time this season he has topped the 20-point mark.
  • Leandro Barbosa had 18 points off of the bench on 7-for-14 shooting.

Raptors player of the game: DeMar DeRozan – 20 points, 8-f0r-15 fgs, 4-for-4 fts, 3 rebs,1 ast, 3 stls

Bucks player of the game: Andrew Bogut – 17 pts, 8-for-12 fgs, 1-2 fts, 10 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls, 2 blks

Goat of the game: Sonny Weems – 7:42 minutes – Zeros across the board.

Comments (8)

  1. A competitive game against a highly motivated team resulting in a narrow loss… not tough to swallow at all. Would have been harder to swallow a win…

  2. Third worst is looking possible given the opposition of the other teams vs Toronto’s final games. Fingers crossed.

  3. The goat of the game was Jay as Sonny hardly played. Or Barg’s 2 rebounds.

    Calderon- hurt again?smdh JJack has played in all 82 games over the past 3 seasons.

    BC’s Raptor vision in action- stagnate facetious balderdash under the guise of deceptions & lies via bull chit pr spins in the wind.

    But hey- Barg’s got his 20 ppg- that’s all that matters- right?smh

  4. Is this what BC has turned Raptor basketball into 5 years after the fact of his arrival in the TDot- BC has some fans embracing losing hoping for ping pong balls instead of wins- put the kool aid down asap!!

  5. What’s everyone think of Bayless at this stage?

  6. Decent in limited minutes. I don’t think there’s going to be a huge leap in development with him at this point. I dunno, I like his swagger.

  7. I think he would be best deployed as a ‘berserker’ on a good team.

    Knock opponents off-balance for short stretches.

  8. Best suited as the 3rd pg on a roster.

    Everything Bayless does on the court Barbosa does- only Bosa does it better.

    The Rap’s would have been better off keeping Jack in my mind.

    As well, Jose has a history of getting injured- why not have a certified back up on the roster?

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