Well, the Raptors improbably managed to keep this game competitive through three quarters as the Bulls looked sluggish and sloppy, but Chicago extended a four-point lead into an 11-point advantage with a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter. A team like the Raptors are not going to make up that kind of difference against a defense like the Bulls, especially with Bargnani missing in action.

Six thoughts on this game? Sure, why not.

1. The Raptors scored only one point from the free throw line, in seven attempts. This was just the second time in franchise history that the Raptors failed to score at least three points from the line — the other time was on January 9, 1996 (the Raptors’ inaugural season) when they lost 91-90 to the Charlotte Hornets as the Hornets went 24-for-41 from the charity stripe while the Raptors went 0-for-3.

2. James Johnson clearly meant to send a message to the Bulls for trading him to the Raptors, and he played his best game of the season — scoring 12 points on 6-for-11 shooting and finishing with three rebounds, a block and a steal in 19 minutes before he twisted his ankle. In contrast, starting small forward Rasual Butler played 14 minutes and finished with no points on 0-for-3 shooting, one rebound and one assist. Let’s move on.

3. Jose Calderon had a tough game offensively (two points on 1-for-6 shooting, eight assists) but I thought his defense was excellent. He closed out effectively on shooters all night and he did about as good a job as you could reasonably expect him to do at staying in front of Derrick Rose. I think he’s playing the best defense of his NBA career this season.

4. When Bryan Colangelo replaces scrubs like Butler and Jamaal Magloire (can you believe this guy was an All-Star?) with legitimate NBA players next season, I think you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes. Both of these guys will be out of the league after this season, I promise you.

5. Here were the team stats at halftime of this game. Notice anything weird?

6. It’s probably just me, but now that Amir is growing out his hair, I think he looks like a skinny, younger version of Ice Cube.

Raptors Player of the Game: DeMar DeRozan — 38 MP, 15 Pts, 7-15 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4 Reb, 2 Blk

Bulls Player of the Game: Carlos Boozer — 34 MP, 17 Pts, 8-15 FG, 1-1 FT, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk


Comments (10)

  1. Unless the Raptors replace Jamaal Magloire and Rasual Butler with way better than just legitimate NBA players, the Raptors will continue to be nothing more than the mediocre team they’ve been for most of their 16 years. Just a scrappier version. I’m just astounded at how many fans completely ignore history the moment the Raptors look a little bit competitive.

    • hey coward, how’s it going? Andrea says hi!

    • Tim,
      You know, the funny thing is I always look forward to your postings on your blog. I find them well thought out and well written. But you are definately beating a deadhorse on this subject, and your thoughts, are probably not that far off from management, Bargnani aside.
      I do not think that Magloire and Butler were brought in to add any W’s, quite possibly the opposite. Neither are under contract next season, the one we might be capable of making a splash. Barbosa, Gray, Forbes and Carter are not under contract next season and maybe one might be made an offer.
      I did not view any of the off-season move made to add any W’s to this team, I believe our goals were to add experience to Amir, DeRozan, and Davis and to see if Coach Casey can light a fire under Bargnani and even Calderon. Seeing if Kleiza, Bayless and even James Johnson could be a part of our future.
      Lets look at the positive, and there has been.some. Amir, Jose and even Bargnani, you have to admit have look good in this brief start. J.Johnson has been a nice surprise and is still young. Kleiza has yet to really play a healthy minute for us and has shown he can play at an elite level in the Euro’s Coach Casey’s influence surely must be considered a positive so far. Oh yeah, we got a pretty good ace in the whole over in Europe.
      You can even accept the youth of both DeRozan, Davis and Bayless and the luxury of receiving another low lottery pick as a reward(add to above positive list) for letting them make their mistakes this season. And all three are still young, no matter how many years they have played, they are still babies.

      My main point being, nobody’s goals in the preseason were to make the playoffs, and that has not changed 10 games in. The goals were improvement and the successfull implementation of Coach Casey;s system. AOh yeah, and another low draft pick. And so far, so good.

      WOW quite the rant

      • tinman,

        First off, sorry I haven’t been updating my blog. I appreciate your readership. I have been simply too busy and made a choice to sleep rather than update the blog. Things are going to be calming down soon so I expect to start posting again in a week or so.

        Anyway, as for beating the dead horse, the reason I keep bringing it up is because I just feel the franchise is at possibly the most critical time in recent history. If they do something stupid now, it may end up costing them the next 5+ years. And a lot of fans just want to see them vie for a playoff spot right now.

        As for Cesco’s comment, I’ll just say that calling someone calling someone a coward on the internet is the definition of hypocritical.

  2. 64 points ?!?! Thank God I didn’t waste my time on this one.

    @Scott Carefoot: Your post game report is incomplete without a mention of Brian Scalabrine (even if if he didn’t play)

    • Chicago has only allowed over 70 points once at home. Raptors actually played them closer than most of the other teams the Bulls have played at home.

  3. Actually, I thought most of the game was well worth watching, especially the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Raptors played some scrappy ball, DD got a 3, and in the end Tank Nation kept rolling. Good fun.

    • Ah, good to know. Wouldn’t have thought given the score .. I might catch the replay on Raptors TV (NBA TV Canada now ??) if they show it

  4. Well I think it’s a safe assumption Magloire is going to be replaced by Valanciunas, so no worries on that front. And depending on who we draft this year…

  5. AOoooh! Somebody really REALLY wanted the Raptors to lose that game in 1996. Was Timmy D the ref?

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