Read from bottom up for this to make sense.

West’s FTs made it a two-possession game and that was about it. 85-81 is your final. Raps lose.

Gaines, Bargnani, DeRozan, Johnson and Calderon (out of bounds passing it in). Play is an AJ post-up, clearly gets fouled. No call. Foul time.

DD’s turnover is under review and the refs overturn it. Raps ball with 19 secs left. Down 2.

West nails the jumper in the zone in front of Bargnani. Triano chooses not to call the timeout and DD loses it off his thigh on a strip. 83-81 19 secs left. Foul time. Raps appear to have blown it.

Raps have one 20 second timeout remaining. NOH has one full, two 20s and a foul to give. Bargs, DD, Gaines, Johnson, Calderon in. Decent play with DeRozan slashing from the corner to get fouled. Makes both, tie game. Davis for Gaines. Offense/Defense sub. 40 seconds left.

Raps force another miss but can’t get the offensive rebound. Bargnani again nowhere to be found leaving Johnson to pick up his fifth foul. Brutal. Raps with a big lineup that’s not helping (Davis, Bargs, Johnson). Raps catch another break as NOH turns it over but Bargnani misses twice on the same possession. Luckily for the Raps, Davis dives for the offensive board. 81-79 NOH with 50 ticks left. Raps ball.

Jose bails Bargnani out by getting the defensive board after Paul misses. Jose then misses a three, Raps offense static.80-79 1:45 left.

Ariza misses another wide open three as Bargnani fails to rotate. He’s got to be more awayre. Raps can’t get offensive rebound, Okafor again with the offensive rebound.

Raps catch a massive break. Jack sets up Ariza for a wiiiide open three who misses. Davis has the rebound taken away from his hands by Okafor. Looked like it went out of bounds off Okafor but the officials don’t really review it. Still 80-79 with 2:58 left.

Two jump-balls in a row. Game getting touchy. 80-79 NOH 3:30 left. Davis loses a jumpball to Paul. Unacceptable.

DD passing it to Amir for a 20 footer? Not the offense you’d like to have. Jack scores again on the drive. Jose – step it up. The good news is that Jose/AJ run a pick ‘n roll for a foul, Amir’s finishing impeccable again.

Jack torching Calderon off the bounce. Jose creates a look for Gaines but he airballs a three. Tired legs? Thornton again drives and gets fouled, I have no idea why the Raptors are not going under three screens against him. Seems common sense, no? 76-76, 12 point lead gone.

Hey, Thornton missed a jumper (big shock) and JW comes off the curl to knock down a good looking jumper. Wright having himself a compact game: 11pts/6reb. 76-72 Raps. Raptors effort cannot be questioned.

Bargnani scores on a baseline J after the timeout but West does the same. Great two-man game between Gaines and Wright, who scores on the layup. Raptors running a good set of a timeout. Thornton is looking to drive every time, lay off him, the guy hasn’t make a jumper all game. Johnson picks up his fourth foul. Gaines/Calderon need to test Thornton’s jumper, he is breaking them down too easily off the bounce. 74-72 Raps. 6:53 left.

Triano calls timeout. Raps catching a lot of breaks here on D as NOH can’t make a layup. Bargnani isn’t rebounding or scorer, he’s got to stay in the game and pick up his offense BUT he MUST put a body on Okafor who is going for the offensive glass every time. 2pt game. Raps ball.

Jack torching Gaines now. Drives and finds Okafor for a layup, 70-66 Raps. It’s going to be tight. Jose comes in for DD for a 2-PG lineup, don’t understand this one. Bargnani hits backboard on a three, just pass it up man. On the other end Thronton drives and help D is nowhere to be found. Get AJ in there!!! 70-68 Raps. Bargnani turns it over by Raps catch a break as NOH ruins the fastbreak.

West comes back in for NOH as Bargnani gets called for an offensive foul that is completely BS.

Gaines goes up the floor to DeMar DeRozan who makes a brilliant move, side-stepping the defender for the And1 – Raps up 70-62. Good start.

Aaah…O from D. Gaines with the steal at mid-court, leads to a DD jumper. JJ carries the ball. Raps win the first 40 seconds of the 4th. Bargnani (3-12, 0 pts in 2nd half) misfiring in the post-up, doesn’t look very confident.

Calderon and Gaines get called for the charge on successive possessions and Jack makes a floater after splitting the D. Bad finish to the quarter, Raps looked very tired there. NOH ends on a 6-0 run, all scored by Jarrett Jack 65-62 Raps. Barely hanging on. Raps shooting 47%, NOH 39%, rebounding was -7 in the third quarter.

NOH missing a lot of chances to nail that dagger three that gets the crows back into it. They had three orebs on this possession and got very good looks. Raps need to hold it together here, momentum could be shifting. Jack forces a shot against Calderon, defended well.

Davis and Johnson are using their up-fakes very effectively, especially Johnson. Calderon is looking for those two on every possession, Gaines comes in and banks a three in! Lifts a bit of the pressure off the Raptors who look a little winded in these late stages. 65-58 Raps as DD forces an ill-advised leaner that gets blocked by Ariza.

Turnovers a problem. JC forces a pass and DD misses on a post-up J against Thornton. Triano calls a quick timeout to get a hold on the team. Hornets have slashed it to five. 61-56, Paul becoming more involved. For some reason, Davis did not play the third at all, Triano finally brings him back.

Raps let off the hook by some misses from three by NOH, DD runs a great curl and JC is right on track with the pass for an impressive finish at the rim. Raps D getting a little porous as NOH seems to get penetration a bit too easily. DD should look for his shot more against the shorter Jack. Chris Paul finally makes a move to the rim, he’s been too quiet for his talents. 61-51 Raps. 4:20 3rd

Raps bench going nuts after Calderon finds Julian Wright coming from the weakside for a dunk. It’s Dallas all over again? 57-45 Raps, mid third.

Absolutely great second effort by Amir Johnson off his own miss (which got blocked by Okafor). Activity level of Raptors’ bigs is what’s keeping the Raptors going. How stupid is a +/- stat? Ed Davis is -1 despite arguably being the best player in the game. Turnover leads to points for NOH. 52-45 NOH, they’re pressuring the Raptors a lot more coming out of this timeout. Johnson breaks the pressure with a jumper. 12/7 for him. Raps up 54-45 with 7:15 left in third.

Calderon and Paul 1/2 in AST/TO with 4.55 and 4.14.

Hornets come out of halftime looking to assert themselves off the bounce and getting deep post-ups. Julian Wright answers with a great drive for an And1 and Calderon finds a streaking Johnson in transition (after a JW steal). Not enough? Two-man game between Calderon/AJ yields a spin move for the latter for a gorgeous finish. NOH defense lacking. Beli finally makes one of those stupid fadeaways. Raps up 50-43 with 9:25 left.

Halftime 44-37 Raptors. Raptors up 27-17 on the glass, Ed Davis with a phenomenal game. 11pts, 5-8 FG, 8reb (4oreb) and 2 blocks. DeRozan has 10 on 3-8 shooting and Bargnani is 3-10 for 9 points. For the Hornets, David West is doing the damage and Okafor’s 6 offensive rebounds are keeping them in it. Sundiata Gaines has a nice showing, worked well with Davis and has three assists to go along with Calderon’s 4. Raps zone worked well again, and NOH is being hurt by Belinelli and Jack trying to do a bit much. Can the Raps keep Paul under check? Will Davis’ strong showing continue? Will Bargnani find his game? Answers in the second half.

Ed Davis again presenting himself nicely, Calderon fins him for a nice contested finish in the paint. West is 6-9 and scores with a jumper, he’s got 12, I imagine NOH will milk him a lot more in the second half. 44-37 Raps. Late second.

Paul hasn’t gotten himself going, some fairly makeable missed jumpers – 0-3. DD blows a dunk but makes up for it with a jumper,he’s 3-7, fairly quiet game but at least his man hasn’t exploded. Belinelli doing some very stupid shit on the court, like behind the back passes to people who aren’t expecting it. Of note, he requested to play in this game despite injury, hasn’t played the last two games. Okafor gets another OREB off Bargnani for two. He’s got 11/7. Ed Davis shows how it’s done, goes right at Okafor in the post. 9 pts for him. 42-35 Raps Under a minute left.

David West finally asserts himself, backs down Johnson for an easy two. Kinda surprised why NOH is so guard-oriented when West is being guarded by two unproven PFs in Johnson and Davis. 36-33 Raps, 3min left. Raps 13-5 FTA advantage.

Raps really dominating the glass – 25-15, Raps with 11 second chance points. 35-32 Raps 3:27 left second. If you like defense, you’ll like this game.

Belinelli blows a layup. Deja vu. Gaines gets the offensive rebound and then does a Jordanesque circus-shot for the And1. This guy’s tough, he pisses steel.

Andrea Bargnani blows a box-out. Put-back dunk for Okafor. DD forced to launch one with shot-clock running down but Davis’ activity leads to the offensive rebound.

Another great lob from Gaines, this time to Davis for the And1 against Quincy P. That was right after Gaines hits a three off of great ball movement. Raps up 32-26 midway through second. Bargnani with 9, DD with 7 and Davis with 6. Raps +8 22-14 on the glass.

Bargnani strokes a three after more great help D on Thornton’s drives. Raps up 5 – 27-22.

Ed Davis with a spectacular block from the weak-side on David West. Bargnani with a hard-dribble, pull-up and ties the game at 22. Davis even playing help D on the drives from Jack. Gaines with a great lob to Johnson who had his man sealed – Raps up by two.

LOL at Jack. Tries a hook-shot. Midgets don’t take hook shots. NOH can’t seem to handle the Raps thre bigs – Bargnani, Dorsey and Davis. NOH calls timeout to sort things out. 22-20 NOH, Raps hanging in there. Slow game, high friction, impetus on defense. Leo and Devlin stuffing their faces with shrimp, it has something to do with oil spill if you can believe it.

Raps in a zone on D having little trouble figuring out who has to rebound. Jack guarding Gaines. Mirror image. Bargnani runs the floor and gets in on the offensive rebound party with an And1. Davis having an impressive game on the glass – he’s got 5 rebs, very active.

Raps shoot 35% in 1st, NOH 39%. Bargnani is 0-4, DD with 7 and Davis with 4 off the bench. He just pulled down a nice offensive rebound in traffic. Dorsey gets fouled, Dorsey makes one of two. 20-17 NOH. Early 2nd.

David Andersen is in the game. I miss him a little. He’s checking Dorsey, also in is Jarrett Jack who clangs a jumper. I’m going to wait Leo to rip him…oh…here it goes, he says, “No offense to Jarrett Jack, he’s a backup PG in this league”. Typical Leo, now that the player is gone, time to speak the truth. Douche. Ed Davis showing nice hands inside, working nicely inside and seems to have good chemistry with Gaines. End of 1 – 20-16 NOH. Sam Jackson is here.

Gains and Dorsey are now in the game. Willie Green takes Gaines off to school off the bounce. Dorsey commits a turnover and Willie Green knocks another jumper down. NOH up 20-14, Paul with 6asts. Raps bench getting mauled right now.

Belinelli’s 0-3. Johnson picks up his second foul with 7 minutes to go. NOH not getting to the rim at all. Jose setting Bargnani up nicely, can’t capitalize. West/Paul hooking up now. 9-9.

DeRozan with a nice fade over Belinelli, Bargnani finds Wright nicely to beat the zone. Hornets constricted on offense, Paul not really testing Calderon’s (not 100%). Raps up 9-5, Belinelli playing like he’s wanting to prove something but it’s not really working for him.

Hornets D is locked in, Raptors not moving without the ball. Bargnani 0-2, NOH showing zone, Okafor laying off Bargnani. Leo is ripping Belinelli for his lack of defense, harder than he’s ripped DeRozan EVER. Play of the game: Amir Johnson rebounds the ball and goes all the way through the Hornets D for a hoop. Nice. 5-2 Raps.

Stat from Devlin: DD leads all second-year players in FT and FTA. Here he takes it to the rim and gets fouled. Amir Johnson playing good D on Okafor, forces a jumpball out of a post-up situation.

West guarding Bargnani, our man uses his fake-shot-and-lean-in to draw the foul. Goes 1-2 from the line. 2-1 NOH.

Raptors: Wright, Bargnani, Calderon, DeRozan and Johnson. Hornets: Paul, West, Belinelli (yayy!), Okafor, Ariza

Linas Kleiza is out with a sore right knee, Bayless is also out.

“Sharing the ball and moving it from one side to another”, is what Jay Triano says are the keys to this game. Love the generic talk. Love it.

Stuck at work? Fear not. I got ya. Starts at 3PM.

Judge not this team by the number of the their wins, but by the effort of their play.

  • Aaron

    NBA refing stinks

    • Buddahfan

      It is New Orleans and MLK day.

      nuff said.

      • smushmush

        #4 in draft standings now – Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Clippers won today. Washington is also on a winning streak so we might just get that Top 3 pick, we really need.

        • smushmush

          actually #5 – Cavs, Nets, Timberwolves, Kings are ahead. could still get that Top 3 pick though.

          • KJP

            I think the T-Wolves will end up better than us.

            • smushmush

              Nah those guys and the Kings ain’t going anywhere(Kevin Love is not a good defender for the Timberwolves as a big man even though he rebounds and the Kings need veteran presence(as they are a mirror image of the Memphis Grizzlies) to mentor the young team and a defensive coach too).

              The Clippers is the team to watch(they are a solid wing away from having the last piece needed).

              • KJP

                Bargs not a good defender+can’t rebound, and Toronto has no Veteran presence, lol.

  • albertan_10

    one more loss closer to the #1 pick

  • Aaron8007

    NBA refs are terrible

  • Pesterm1

    The refing was a fucking joike, ill take the loss no big deal but the raps shouldnt get hosed on calls like that and have so many mistakes done…. this happens way to often.

  • Buddahfan

    Given how long and detailed the write up is you must have a hell of job.

    Or maybe you are working as a NBA writer.

    Blake up to 41-14 and counting 5 minutes left

  • tyson

    I was suprised that we stayed in this game. Actually I’m suprised at the general hustle/effort. They’re missing that one thing or player that would push the team over and come out winning games such as the last two.

    • Buddahfan

      A lot of has to do with the better players being so young.

      It takes time to learn how to win in the NBA.

      Prior to this year there was always Bosh to go to in the 4th quarter. He would get the calls and the Raptors would win a game like this.

      Now they haven’t yet found that one or two players that have learned how to put away opposing teams despite the officiating.

      It will come. May take another top quality player but it will happen,.

      • albertan_10

        This is why we get excited about the upcoming draft :)

        • Buddahfan

          I would hate to have your attitude about life.

          What are you excited about?

          You have no idea who the Raptors will draft.

          You have no idea how that player will work out.

          Maybe BC drafts a dud.


          Are you that unhappy with your life that you get excited about something 5 months in the future that you have no idea what it will be?

          • Rexdale

            Lol, someones a little mad. You can be excited for an upcoming thing and be happy at the same time? sheeshh

            • Buddahfan

              If people are so excited about the draft let them turn on the fan and stand in front of it.

          • voy

            a better analogy would be after living through a crappy year you get first pick out of a line of 60 girls fifty feet away from you. Of course, you are not guaranteed to pick the absolute hottest girl but at least you should get a chance to avoid the fatties.

  • Milesboyer

    Blatant give away to the Hornets by the refs. I hope Colangelo is on the phone to Stu Jackson over this one.

  • draftedraptor

    Okafor schooled Bargnani today. All star players adapt their game to contribute in other ways when their shooting is poor. assists, rebounds, defense, etc. Just stating the obvious to all the delusional fans who think otherwise – bargnani is definitely not an all star. 6th man at best.

    Ed Davis is a monster.

    Sell all the veterans , keep peja in the bench forever and get that 3rd draft pick.

    • John_P

      So predictable. Well i admire your patience because you have been waiting a while to let this out. Bargs was a dog tonight, no doubt, but so was Paul who was 1-8 for 6 points. That must mean he’s a sixth man to because there is no such thing as an off night for a star player.

      • WhatWhat

        But Paul also wasn’t a complete pylon on the defensive end.

        Two-way players, how do they work?

        • John_P

          I know people on here will never admitt it, but none of our bigs were that impressive. I seem to remember a sequence when Bargs was on the bench, and NO got something like 5 offensive rebounds in a row, on the same offensive sequence, before Calderon fouled somebody. Davis and Amir were getting killed by Okafor and West as well.

          • KJ-B

            IF Davis/Amir were killed then #7 was bludgeoned, brought back to life then bludgeoned again making up the entire Friday the 13th series…

            • John_P

              nice excuse. just keep closing your eyes and blame everything on one guy. I love how you’ve shut your mouth for the longest time when Bargs is consistently killing it.

      • Moh_yusuf27

        But Paul got his guys involved and played good enough defence, should he have played better against the raps, yes but he still helped his team win.

      • draftedraptor

        Good that you brought up Chris Paul’s performance. It perfectly illustrates Bargnani’s deficiencies and my point about being an All star and franchise player. CP3 had a poor night by his standards. But 11 assists, 3 steals and good defense that got his team going is still pretty good for a PG.

        • milkman

          and 0 turnovers

  • Valit

    Terrible, terrible refs. It is the 3rd game in a row that the refs are burning us with questionable calls. If I am BC or any other big head at MLSE I’ll let my feelings know, even though it might cost us a bit. From my point of view, it shows a total lack of respect to the organization and especially the players from NBA. Shame…I know the team is poor but I think they deserve a fair treatment. MLSE , please grow some balls

    • John_P

      Honestly the last two games i thought others on here were paranoid, but then I started thinking last night about how easy it is for this game to be fixed. We’re not that far removed from that betting scandal with the ref, and you have to think that if they can infiltrate one ref, there had to be others involved as well. The only reason the idea came to my head was the fact that the Jets had just defeated the Pats and I thought about it and I can’t seem to remember a low seeded NBA team that upset some team with a star to reach the finals. The NBA finals always seem to have top teams with top star teams that are good for ratings.

      • Valit

        The game doesnt have to be fixed. One ref , years ago showed me an easy way to influence the game without crossing the line. At one end ( Raptors) you whistle by the book where each touch is a fault…at the other end ( NOH) you let them play a little physically and you do not call everything. Very, very easy…you cant argue with it and everybody is happy…Having said that, what bothers me more is that we are at the short side of the stick all the time and this shows either lack of respect or a Vegas influence. I agree with you, the Jets result was a “shocker”…

  • mauricio

    if bargs doesn’t improve his defense he will be gone sometime next season, I hope. He also needs to learn how to draw fouls when his shot isn’t falling

    • Statement

      After 4 plus years, he is who he is

  • RenaldoSugarbush

    NBA officiating makes basketball unwatchable.
    The league needs to realize there’s a problem when officials are showing star favoritism.

  • Sadasd

    Refs did a HORRIBLE JOB this game, especially late in the 4th, where several questionable calls were made IN A ROW. Raps deserve some better treatment from the refs, especialy Demar, whos being constantly fouled all season long

  • Dookielover

    todays ref crew had big money on New Orleans winning.

  • Milesboyer

    This was a well played game – no the offense wasn’t perfect and Bargnani could have played better defence (but that’s every game). The reality is, had it not been for the biased reffing, the Raps had a very good chance of beating a good team at home with their roster depleted.
    These types of games are not just anomalies considering how many there have been this season. I find it encouraging that they can hang with some of the better teams in the league on the road.

  • tonious35

    NBA Refs are still betting….but Bargs should of at least tried to post up and shot in the post properly.

  • Daniel

    I haven’t watched the game. I checked the boxscore and I saw our bench was made up of Sundiata Gaines, Dorsey and Davis. When you add that our best offensive players shot a combined 4 for 22 it is a miracle that we were in the game. I actually like our team except Bayless and Weems. We play hard and we have good chemistry. We are young and we don’t have enough talent however I prefer this team to last year team with Bosh and Hedo.

  • Cito Knickz

    how do i go about creating a trade bargnani facebook page…or maybe i should write a letter directly to his parents maurhizio and brian…i love andre but enough is enough with this guy and his sissy like work ethic

    • Dookielover

      you dumb fuck. i love asshats like you. today was his first bad game all season. milk it like the bitch you are.

      • WhatWhat

        Dude, this wasn’t his first bad game this season, come on now. And today he was THAT bad. His game today has to be one of the worst of his career.

      • Cito Knickz

        are you serious..he’s bad every road game…i will write n protest everyday until this little princess is traded

        • John_P

          Yeah thats why he’s leading our team in scoring, is top 20 in the NBA and a top 5 amongst centres, because he’s “bad every raod game”.

        • Dookielove

          hahaaaaaaa.u dumb bitch.u do that.

          • Statement

            Are all Bargnani fans immature little punks?

            • John_P

              Yes you are certainly the symbol for maturity. Get off your high horse

  • Balls of Steel

    If Bargs is a one dimensional player (and I think EVERYONE here thinks he’s one dimensional) and is shooting blanks, that means his game has NO dimension. How long can the team go with this guy? There’s the re-build theory, the re-tool approach but will it change if Bargs continues to roam the middle or start for that matter? How many balls did he dive for since entering the league? Davis was licking the floor with dives but with Barg’s, he watched Okafor gather a team record 12 OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS. If you took out a center and the Raps played with an additional guard, Okafor would understandably achieve this feat. Both Washington and NO losses were attributed to offensive rebounding. Actually, it has been so bad that Bargs is now seen playing with Davis and Amir in some instances. This is embarrassing.

    Normally, when pros have one area of their game misfiring, they somehow find ways to “compensate”. Not Bargs. He’s out hustled for a rebound by Marcus Thornton. Sundiata Gaines, a 10-day contract guy has more assists than Barg’s rebound total after being with the team for just 3 games. Pathetic.

    PS> The “Kool Aid” drinkers thought that Bargs’ low rebounding total were attributed to the fact that Evan’s was just sucking everything in. They thought that his rebounding would spike after his rebounding assistant went down. WRONG, Triano just found Davis and Johnson to assume the role.

    • Theswirsky

      maybe Bosh is still stealing his rebounds.

    • KJ-B

      Well put–dare I say, hi Basketball iQ (lOl @ myself)… The biggest clue I had to inner rumblings on the team, was in Raptors Post Up when I heard Ed Davis, who went off say, “It’s tough you know, getting in a rhythym, coming off the bench. You warm up then you have to sit there.” Correct me if I’m wrong, but was he angling for #7’s place in the starting 5??? Cause I wouldn’t take Amir, the emotional/spiritual leader of the team, out right now…

      Not sure, if Davis is right, and granted I’m no #7 fan, BUT when teams start to lose and lose often, there are two games going on at the same time–IT WILL BE INTERESTING to see how this all washes out… I know Jose, is tryna build up his value/#’s b4 the tradeline…#7 wants to be ‘The Guy’ DeMar wants to be the ‘Go to Guy’ and every other position is up for grabs–very exciting storyline in the midst of the losing…

  • Robertsow86

    Why don’t we save Colangelo all the trouble and just move the Raptors to the euroleague where they belong. Why is Kleiza still an NBA player? We should send him back to Greece, the Greeks don’t know anything about good basketball, they may take him.

  • cdub

    The refs were terrible but in the end Bargs laid a giant egg and the raps lost because of it. Nice to see Wright finally get some burn and I like Gaines more than Bayless already.

  • Statement

    I think Blake Griffin needs 4 more years to develop. He is a big man after all and those big-men take years to develop. After 4 years, we will really see his skills.

    • KJ-B

      lOl +1,000,000