The “payback is a bitch” edition:

Alabi: best +/- on the team tonight. He should start.

Barbosa: the one spark on the Raptors roster tonight. He tried to carry them on his back again, but the Pistons wouldn’t let it happen. Great final game before the break from the guy who has my vote for the best addition to the roster this year.

Bargnani: you can tell he just isn’t himself and he must be ecstatic for the break. Good to hear he is staying in town too, so even more rest.  Although, if his hot piece is here….

Bayless: apparently went to Reggie’s place for some chicken and took the night off for food poisoning.

Calderon: an astonishing number of turnovers for Jose who was outplayed more than a Bieber song.

Davis: quiet but got his job done. Appears to have taken a step back athletically, though. He doesn’t seem to have that bounce he first had and I’m hoping it’s him getting his head straight as opposed to Jay telling him to pull back.

DeRozan: Started great but then faded faster than a Kid N Play haircut. The aggressiveness he shows in flashes like he did tonight is intoxicating, but the fact he can’t harness it and make it come back on a consistent basis makes him expendable.

Dorsey: like baking bread with no yeast, you can’t expect much..and especially nothing to your satisfaction.

Evans: see ya next year, homes. Put your leg up, relax, eat some turkey and get yourself right.

Johnson: started but looked like a Wendy’s baconator but on the way out of your system as opposed to on its way in.

Kleiza: the starting spot agrees with him. Another markedly better performance tonight that saw him aggressively try and make things happen. Really like this version of him. Hoot hoot.

Stojakovic: eating gumbo in N’awlins.

Weems: out with back spasms. Probably from carrying that ego around in his carry-on

Wright: he’s going to wake up in cold sweats tonight yelling “Must Stop McGrady”. Well, too late wingnut. 

Driving The Bus: Leandro Barbosa

Under The Bus: Jose Calderon

Game Theme:

  • Arsenalist

    I guess they were really looking forward to that Christmas break. I have this game on my PVR but something tells me I’ll be skipping it. Just tell me this, how did Rip get his six threes?

    • Statement

      Running around screens and through Derozan.

      Seriously though, I lot of his threes came from T-Mac or somebody’s penetration. The defense collapsed and Rip was in the corner as a beneficiary of a pass.

  • Mr Darcy

    I remember like yesterday I think Bayless tweeted and ask about what is the best restaurant in TO.

  • WhatWhat

    It looked like the entire team was banged up and the Pistons were looking for revenge. Add to that how palpable their looking ahead to the break they looked, and I’m not surprised at the result.

    Idk what was worse, Leo talking on the Pistons stylin on us, or Calderon’s performance.

    • KJ-B

      I’d actually throw Calderon + Barbosa under the bus… Couldn’t disagree further that his perforomance was stand out when he got his game on during garbage time!

  • FAQ

    Now we watch to see if the Raps have peaked and it’s all downhill to the end of the season.

    Raps are currently 10-19 with three more games on the road which I think will be losses for a final record of 10-22 to the end of the year.

    I had predicted 2-30 at the start of the season … so I guess the Raps are 5x better than I thought.

    The problem I see with the Raptors team is they may not have any more potential to improve … whereas most other teams do. I just don’t see the Raptors jelling given what we have seen so far … they are to inconsistent and have too many streaky and inexperience players.

    This is truly a development team in need of a few more pieces to make it a viable NBA competitor.

  • HopelessNight

    My seven-year-old daughter just went to her first Raptors game. On the way home in the car, she said to me, “Why does Jose let everyone go by him?”

    I laughed and cried simultaneously.

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    • Nilanka15

      Bahahahahaha, awesome!

  • albertan_raps

    I can’t disagree with you more about Barbosa. At the end of the game he tried playing hero and lost the ball with his tunnel vision. That’s not how you get back into games. you need to run your sets and get the team involved. when you play like he did then your team gets stagnant and no one else gets into a flow. When the going went tough their youth told them to play hero. Barbosa isn’t old but he still had the mental lapse of a young’n.

    • Nilanka15

      The game was out of reach by midway through the 3rd quarter. You can hardly blame Barbosa for attempting to do what he does best…score.

    • KJ-B

      i AGREE 100%… The guy with the help of Calderon totally alienated DeRozan–I think the only way DeMar got a pass after the second quarter was off the rim from a rebound–I think they hear the footsteps of greatness and are looking at him scared, like they don’t know what he’s gonna do next to steal the limelight…so sadly, greedily and stupidly as the non-winners that they are: THEY DO NOT PASS THE BALL TO THE RIGHT PLAYER.

  • Adrian

    Who is this hot girlfriend of Andrea’s?

    Is it Nawal Valderrama? Just did a quick google search.

  • RenaldoSugarbush

    Poor Jose, he looked like he was in a ton of pain.
    He needs the break.

  • RenaldoSugarbush

    btw booing McGrady shows some real class Raptors fans.
    No wonder people think our team is bush league.

    • Nilanka15

      Gimmie a break…you serioius?

    • RapsM

      So true.

  • voy

    – Cant remember a game where Jose was so nonchalant with his passes

    – If Andrea’s ankle/knee/hammy is bothering him he should shut it down

    – How dumbass is Leo? Honeslty trying to frame the argument that this team is not much worse than last year’s team because their respective records during the Christmas break are essentially the same? I guess he expects the team to rip 30 more wins during the 2011 part of the season too.

    • Nilanka15

      There was a time back in the day when I actually enjoyed listening to Leo speak. Until one day I was at game, and happened to be sitting next to Leo. The raps were playing the MJ-led Wizards, and were down 3 with about 15 seconds left. I turned to Leo and asked, “Leo, do we go for a 2 or the tie?”. His response was, “Best possible shot”. It was at that moment I realized that Leo isn’t capable of thinking outside the box, providing a “real” opinion, or saying anything that might stir the pot. If only Jack could call every game.

    • Theswirsky

      Jose was definetely not himself today… but how many of those turnovers where guys not grabbing (holding onto) the ball or watching for the pass?

      Still… don’t usually expect 8 turnovers on a day with Jose.

      • Nilanka15

        It’s the ancient dogma of basketball…it’s always the passer’s responsibility.

  • Kevin

    I was at this game… Nough said