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Foolish people disguising themselves as basketball experts will tell you that the Raptors lost tonight simply because the Warriors are a better basketball team, or blame the fact that the first home game after a West coast trip is always tough.

While the facts themselves are probably both true, neither is a valid reason for tonight’s debacle.

Simply not being good enough was the case in Utah, L.A. and Portland, not tonight.

The “tired after a West coast trip” excuse might hold water, but not when your opponent is a West coast team coming off of a game last night.

The truth is the Raptors lost to the Warriors because for too long a period of time tonight, they played like they didn’t give a crap.

Now, there were instances during those stretches that luck wasn’t on the Raptors side. The officiating was awful, the coaching was worse and some of the bounces that go against Toronto are really hard to believe unless you see them.

But when you have as little talent and experience as this Raptors team does, you can’t afford to take a possession off, a few minutes off, let alone play half the game as if Nike started making lead shoes.

A quick note about the Warriors: If Steph Curry and Monta Ellis continue to play the way they did tonight, the Warriors, as a team, continue to rebound the ball, and they pay even a little attention on the defensive end, they will be a surprisingly good team this season.

Speaking of Monta Ellis, there was a scary incident at the end of the ball game where Ellis ended up out cold on the floor (not sure how yet), his body in a sickening position. He walked off the court very slowly. Hopefully Monta will be alright.

A note about Jay Triano. I really didn’t want to get on him this season because he doesn’t have enough talent on the roster to do much with, but tonight was an ugly performance by the Canadian skipper. He continues to find ways to cool his own hot players off by sticking to stubborn rotations while rarely cooling off the opposing players. I think he has the 2k Sports automatic coach option selected, where the computer makes the same substitutions at the same time of every game, no matter how the game is unfolding. In addition, his play calling out of timeouts remains laughable.

Lastly, I leave you with this. I believed this team would surprise some critics and win over 30 games. But even I looked at the schedule and thought coming out of November 6-11 would be an accomplishment. Now, I think this team will be doomed by something like a 4-13 or 3-14 start.

Raptors Player of the Game: Jarret Jack – 38 Min, 24 Pts, 7-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 9-10 FT, 1 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl (the only starter with a positive plus/minus)

Warriors Player of the Game: Stephen Curry – 36 Min, 34 Pts, 12-21 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

Goat of the Game: Jose Calderon – 10 Min, 0 Pts, 0-4 FG, 1 Ast, 2 TO

Jarrett Jack

Jarrett Jack works a new trick into his repertoire: Tying his shoes while dribbling. (Getty Images)

I’m profiling each of the guys I expect to make up the Raptors’ primary 10-man rotation to start the season. Next up: Jarrett Jack.

Jarrett Jack, PG, 6’3″, 197 lbs.
2009-10 stats: 82 games, 27.4 MPG, 11.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.0 APG, 0.1 BPG, 0.7 SPG, .481 FG%, .412 3P%, .842 FT%, 16.3 PER

Amidst all the drama of Chris Bosh’s impending free agency and the constant hand-wringing over Andrea Bargnani’s progress, it seems like a lot of people missed out on the fact that Jarrett Jack had a pretty good season in 2009-10. Bryan Colagnelo signed him to a four-year, $20 million contract in July 2009 and Jack’s debut season in Toronto was easily the best of his five NBA seasons.

My impression of Jack before he came to Toronto was that he was a solid backup combo guard who was decent across the board but not really good at any one particular thing on the court. What I didn’t expect was the lights-out shooter who wore No. 1 on the Raptors last season. His .481 Field Goal Percentage and .412 Three-Point Percentage were both career highs. Jack’s True Shooting Percentage (TS% – a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account field goals, 3-point field goals, and free throws) of .599 was 15th best in the NBA last season among players who played at least 2,000 minutes — the only point guard who finished ahead of him was Steve Nash.

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It’s no secret that Jarrett Jack emerged as a leader on the Toronto Raptors squad last season. Despite it being his first year with the Raptors and a tumultuous season all around after the All-Star break, Jack was a voice in the locker room when the team needed one. Leading by example, he is a consummate professional in the day-to-day routine of being an NBA player. From talking to the media to putting in extra work and getting in shots late at night, Jack is the kind of vet you want on your team.

While the starting point guard position is still up for grabs between Jack and Jose Calderon, whether Jack starts the game on the floor or from the bench, the youthful Raptors will need his leadership again this season. A close friend of Chris Bosh, Jack took some time to speak with reporters at media day to discuss Bosh, Toronto and being a regular guy.

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