Thursday, February 9, 2012

Raptors Rap; Feb 1-8

Game 23- @ Boston (L 100-64 / 7-16 / streak L2) Wednesday February 1, 2012.

When you lose a game by 36 points, it's simply demoralizing. Having to face a banquet crowd of season ticket holders the next night makes it even worse. Boston scored 57 in the first half, shared the offensive load and recorded 30 assists. DeMar had eight points, while Bayless led the Raps with 14. The Raptors were out-rebounded, had 15 turnovers, and trailed by as many as 40 points in a game we'd like to forget as soon as possible.

Raptor Highlight of the Night; Dwane Casey post-game interview

Game 24- vs Wizards (W 106-89 / 8-16 / streak W1) Friday February 3, 2012.

The Raptors have played a league-high 15 games on the road, but coming home won't do them much if they're still without Andrea Bargnani. On this night, the Raptors won without Bargs for just the second time on the season, but also notched their fourth win in a row at the ACC. Amir Johnson finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, Barbosa had 19 points and Kleiza had 15, all off the bench. The Raptors rebounded Washington 61-37, and their 23 offensive boards helped them get 28 second-chance points. The Raptors also had 68 points in the paint compared to the Wizards' 38. Solid win for the Raps.

Raptor Highlight of the Night; Amir Johnson flies in for the slam

Game 25- @ Miami (L 95-89 / 8-17 / streak L1) Sunday February 5, 2012.

The Raptors hung tight with the reigning Eastern Conference champs thanks to DeMar DeRozan's big 25-point night, but came up short against a tough team. A Raptors 12-0 run cut the deficit to three with 3:23 left, but that's the closest the Raps got. Jerryd Bayless finished with 17 points. LeBron James had 30 points, 9 rebounds and capped the game off with a steal and slam dunk. Wade had 25 points of his own, while Bosh shot 3-13 and finished with 12 points. The Raptors needed to be more aggressive on offense because the Heat got to the line 34 times compared to the Raptors' 21 total attempts. The Raptors also turned the ball over 16 times.

Raptor Highlight of the Night; DeMar pinballs his way through the entire Heat team for the cram

James Johnson with the clutch block (US presswire)
Game 26- @ Washington (L 111-108 (OT) / 8-18 / streak L2) Monday February 6, 2012.

In an exciting and tightly contested matchup, the Raptors fell in overtime to the Wizards after a Jose Calderon desperation three-pointer caught only air. After Amir Johnson's putback dunk tied the game at 105, James Johnson had a terrific block on Nick Young to send the game to overtime. In OT the Raptors gave up a key offensive rebound and couldn't hit a long three that could have tied the game. Jerryd Bayless and Linas Kleiza finished with 30 points apiece, while John Wall had 31 points and Nick Young finished with 29 in the win. The Raps shot 50% from deep, but had 18 turnovers: a trend that is really starting to hurt the Raptors.

Raptor Highlight of the Night; James Johnson block to send the game to OT

Game 27- vs Bucks (L 105-99 / 8-19 / streak L3) Wednesday February 8, 2012.

Six Bucks players reached double-digits including former Raptor Carlos Delfino with a game-high 25 points and 9 rebounds. DeMar scored 25 points, Calderon had 9 points and 15 assists. Jerryd Bayless left the game with an ankle injury after a couple strong games for the Raps. Bayless has been inconsistent and his repeatedly re-injured ankles aren't helping.  James Johnson had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals and was versatile as ever. The Bucks had 11 blocks in the game, many of them down the stretch. On a positive note, the Raptors scored a season-high 29 first-quarter points after going winless over the previous 14 first quarters.

Raptor Highlight of the Night; James Johnson throws down the hammer

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb 10 - vs Boston Celtics. 7pm

Sunday, Feb 12 - vs Los Angeles Lakers. 1pm

Tuesday, Feb 14 - vs New York Knicks. 7pm

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