Game No. 59: 76ers 93, Raptors 75
When I started watching this game on my PVR tonight at 9:48pm ET, I already knew the Raptors had lost 93-75. I chickened out on trying to write about the Raptors’ loss to the Thunder on Sunday, but I decided to try to push myself to see if I could find anything worthwhile and meaningful to comment on about this game. I know this will be a short post, but will I even make it to six thoughts?
1. Ed Davis had his fourth double-double of the season tonight. Those performances have been neatly broken into two pairs of back-to-back double-doubles. I don’t know what that means, but he’s starting to screw up my ongoing narrative that he’s the most expendable of the Raptors’ frontcourt players when Jonas Valanciunas comes over.
(Note: My remaining five points have little to nothing to do with tonight’s game.)
2. Nice night by Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday, who finished with a solid all-around line of eight points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Sometimes I feel wistful that the Raptors didn’t draft him instead of DeMar DeRozan in the 2009 draft. But what I really want to know is: Does Jrue Holiday celebrate Hrannukah?
3. Jose Calderon had to leave the game midway through the third quarter when he got nailed in the eye by Holiday’s head on a drive to the basket. It was the same eye where he got hit by Elton Brand in last week’s game against the Sixers. I know a lot of people consider Jose to be pretty damn annoying, but do the Sixers have some kind of competition going to see how many of them can bash Calderon in the orbital area without getting suspended for it? Antonio Davis used to get poked in the eye way more frequently than seemed reasonable by chance, but this is getting weird.
4. We all know that Matt Devlin loves to yell “Bang on!” when a Raptor hits a three-pointer. How much do you think it would cost to get Matt to yell “It’s a gang bang!” when a bunch of different Raptors are raining treys? I assume it would be in the thousands, but we could pool our resources, right?
5. Speaking of Matt Devlin, do you think he secretly envies play-by-play guys who get to broadcast for teams with an interesting present, a hopeful future and exciting players? He gamely tries to sound enthusiastic most of the time, but there are moments when I fear he might be slowly dying inside. I’ve never seen him in a short-sleeved shirt, but I wouldn’t be completely shocked if he cuts himself sometimes.
6. Alan Anderson, Ben Uzoh, Harvey Stapleton, Justin Dentmon — three of these names belonged to people who played for the Toronto Raptors tonight, but which one belongs to a randomly-generated player in NBA 2K12 who granny-shoots his free throws?
Raptors Player of the Game: Ed Davis — 13 Pts, 5-12 FG, 3-4 FT, 13 Reb, 5 Ast
Sixers Player of the Game: Thaddeus Young — 17 Pts, 8-12 FG, 1-3 FT, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk