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

Comments (15)

  1. #5 made me lol, poor matt.

  2. @jon_bois: in my franchise mode, NBA 2K12 randomly generated a PG named Harvey Stapleton who granny-shoots his free throws.

  3. On to the next one.

  4. Unfortunately both Cleveland and Sacramento lost tonight, too. Sacramento blew a winnable game against New Orleans, too.

    I do notice that the worse the Raptors play, the more Matt Devlin (is it me, or is he really not a “Matt”?) starts off the cuff about completely random topics. I guess he’s hoping that the viewers won’t notice how bad the team is.

  5. Ed Davis is the most expendable? Ed Davis is the best (long-term) player on the roster. With a little bulk and 30+ minutes, he is a guaranteed 12/12/1.5 on 55% shooting. The sad (and pathetic) thing is that he will likely be traded so that the Raptors can continue building around a PF who grabs 5 rebounds, shoots 43%, and plays terrible defence. Prepare yourself for another decade of mediocrity.

    • Are you serious? Half the time, Davis looks like Odem out on the floor…Mavs-Odem. The other half he is benched.

      I know the Raps give their rookies WAY too much time to develop, but methinks even they have given up on Davis.

      • I think its hilarious that we give the inefficient players that do nothing other than shoot, year after year to develop. Force them into starting roles and keep adjusting the teams make up to fit them.

        But a young quality player who produces, although queitly, is on the one on the trading block and needs to be given up on.

        And we wonder why this franchise hasn’t gone anywhere.

      • I can’t believe YOU’RE serious. You’re mistaking Davis’ subdued personality with lack of desire. I remember people making the same mistake with guys like Robert Parish and Tim Duncan. People also mistake an outgoing personality for desire.

        I’ll be the first to admit Davis’ season has been a disappointment, but the worst thing you can do is mistake his personality for lack of desire. He works hard most of the time he’s on the floor, certainly more than Bargnani, who grabs 1 less rebound per game than Davis despite playing 11 more minutes. That’s inexcusable.

  6. Scott, I was laughing so hard at points 3-5 that I spat coffee onto my keyboard. Could you please post your mailing address so I can send you the bill if I have to replace it?

  7. I hope Ed Davis isn’t considered expendable.

    Pending the draft selection, I would much rather see Ed Davis and Jonas Valanciunas as the future starting front line rather then Bargnani and Valanciunas. And it’s not even close.

    • I second that point especially if we land a capable wing player in the draft.

      • Much rather see a Valanciunas/Bargnani combo with Davis off the bench.

        Think this is more balanced, still need fire-power in the front court.

        • I’d much rather have defensive balance to start, with offense coming off of the bench. Especially since Bargnani seems to let his level of play be dictated by the energy of those around him.

        • Offense should always be secondary to defense.

          Besides, a good defensive team doesn’t always need a good half court offense. If they can force enough stops and turnovers, it leads to a ton of easy fastbreak points.

        • If you start Valanciunas and Bargnani, then you’re already at a disadvantage defensively, and expecting Valanciunas, a rookie, to cover Bargnani’s weaknesses.

          Valanciunas has shown enough offensive skill for me to be comfortable starting a defensive PF beside him.

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