Game No. 10: Wizards 93, Raptors 78

Realistic Raptors fans knew there would be games like this. Naturally, the ugliest game of the Raptors’ season so far took place when I had to fill in for Joseph Casciaro to write the recap. Let’s just get through this and then never speak of this atrocity again.

This game was pretty much what I expected: two bad basketball teams playing sloppy basketball. I’m not shocked that the Raptors lost to the only remaining winless team since I predicted it in the game thread. The Raptors are going to have more downs than ups this season, and we just need to look for pearls of encouragement and entertainment to sustain us through another losing season.

1. I think the refs were so disgusted by the quality of this game that they could barely be bothered to  blow the whistle at either end unless somebody drew blood. I think they just wanted to end this ugly display as quickly as possible and I can’t say I blame them.

2. DeMar DeRozan is struggling badly on offense right now, although he did save some face with a decent second-half performance. We’re really going to get a sense of his mental makeup based on how he works through this. To his credit, he’s still working hard on defense and diving for loose balls.

3. Rasual Butler continuing to start for the Raptors is an unfunny joke. It’s getting to the point where I wouldn’t blame David Stern if he fined the Raptors for blatant tanking. No team that is legitimately trying to win games can justify starting Butler and playing him 20 minutes per game.

4. Jan Vesely is fun to watch since he’s not on a team I’m rooting for. I feel like he’ll be good for some enjoyable highlights and little else his rookie season.

5. Jack Armstong’s distaste for Andray Blatche was my favorite part of watching this game on TV. Jack has every right to be disgusted by Blatche. He’s a horrible combination of wasted talent, selfishness and stupidity. You know how you can get frozen concentrated orange juice in a can? Well, Andray Blatche is like Drew Gooden, concentrated. I look forward to Blatche playing for seven or eight different teams and making about $50 million in his NBA career before he runs out of GMs dumb enough to employ him.

6. Serious question: You can have your choice between John Wall and Ricky Rubio. Who would you take? I can’t give a definitive answer to this question right now, and I would never have imagined this would be a dilemma EVER, much less this early in Rubio’s NBA career. For all the upside Wall has, his decision-making seems to have declined from his rookie season.

Raptors Player of the Game: Andrea Bargnani — 29 MP, 22 Pts, 9-16 FG, 4-4 FT, 2 Reb, 2 Ast

Wizards Player of the Game: Rashard Lewis — 27 MP, 15 Pts, 6-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

Comments (10)

  1. WTF is wrong with DeRozan? I hate it when we are the butt of everyone’s jokes. “All the Wizards needed was a game with the raptors.” WTF are we? Pushovers? That loss was embarrassing considering that it was against a rather poor team.

  2. I think we should just chalk this one up to being exhausted from the night before. If anything I really think dwayne casey should have given ed davis and the rest of the bench REALLY extended minutes this game. Even if it turned out ugly,…

  3. D-Ro lost his confidence. He is hesitant. He needs to be aggressive. I think he is thinking of his shooting too much. Yes he improved his shot tremendously over the summer and lockout, but if the shot does not fall, he needs to know that his main strength is to attack the basket. His shot is there, we have seen it, and he should see it as a bonus element to his overall game.

  4. Even though I still have faint memories of DD taking over quarters from a scoring perspective, I’m still not sold on him as part of the “core”.

    1) Has he shown at all in his career that he can consistently impact the game in any other way apart from scoring? Has his defence really improved at all? What has noticeably improved other than his shooting?

    2) He’s a 2-guard who still can’t drive by his man.

    Am I missing something here? I know he’s young but I’m not seeing the star potential here at all. Believe me, I hope I’m wrong but I don’t see a lot of hopeful signs in the evolution of his game since his rookie year.

    On Wall vs. Rubio, I’d take Wall. I prefer Rubio as a pure PG and he’s the better passer, but Wall is a freak of nature who is unfortunately surrounded by a pile of degenerative crap right now. Maybe the crap is just young and needs time to, um, mature? Give him another couple of years and a better environment, and he should be a monster.

  5. Rubio over Wall …Wall fills up the stats sheet but Rubio makes players around him better … He’s kind of like Calderon 2.0…

  6. I don’t think anyone in the Toronto hierarchy has ever projected DeRozan as a centerpiece, but if he can carve himself out a Richard Jefferson type career I’m sure Colangelo will be ecstatic. You’d be very lucky to land a cornerstone without a top 5 pick. Thankfully we should have 2 of them on the way next year. Anthony Davis and JV will bring this team deep into the playoffs.

  7. Rasual Butler continuing to start for the Raptors is an unfunny joke. It’s getting to the point where I wouldn’t blame David Stern if he fined the Raptors for blatant tanking. No team that is legitimately trying to win games can justify starting Butler and playing him 20 minutes per game.”

    Yes!! someone finally said!

  8. Ping Pong ballllllllzzzzzzz….

  9. הרווח בכך הוא אדיר: ניתן לנייד את עור הבטן מבלי לנתק את כלי הדם ועל הלב. מה זה ניתוחים לשאיבת שומן תושג בשילוב עם הליך נוסף ברמה של ניתוח פלסטי. הנטיה ההרסנית הזו להגזמה בתחום האוכל עלולה להוביל לתופעות כגון אכילת יתר כפייתית וכתוצאה מכך העור נעשה פחות אלסטי.

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