The “kick me, beat me, tease me, let me down” edition:

Alabi: two things remind me of Alabi: a jigsaw puzzle that is missing pieces and the frustration of standing behind a construction guy ordering coffee for the whole job site at Timmy’s when all you want is a large double double.

Barbosa: no doubt reaching out to Peja’s (achem) “doctor” hoping to extend his time on the sideline during this farce of a season.

Bargnani: lately he appears and disappears more than herpes. One game he plays like he has no passion, the next he spends half the game looking like it’s preseason and then nights like this he exudes about as much emotion on the floor as a plastic surgeon doing a nose job on a dog. Yes Andrea pulled it together in the second half, and for about 30seconds to start the game he looked like he wanted to show Bosh he had been replaced. In between? Squat.

Bayless: he seemed to like attacking Howard and then chatting him up a bit. It was cute. Almost like “Say Anything”. Not much of a line, but he was a little spark for the Raptors tonight and helped turn the tide a bit.

Calderon: double double that came courtesy of a second half that saw him directing traffic like he was on the tarmac at Pearson.  Factor in the poor bastard had to cover LeBron from time to time and he must be in icewater until midnight.

Davis: odd that he seemed to be the reverse of his teammates. He had a good first half and, in the second half, he seemed to turtle like Rob Ford walking toward a Weight Watchers clinic.

DeRozan: another fine night where he wanted to step up and show people he can hang with the big boys. Not many nights that I think I could say I was more impressed with DeMar’s game than LeBron James’, but this was one of them. Spectacular offensively.

Dorsey: unable to go. Kind of like RapsFan in a public restroom.

Evans: February soon come.

Gaines: Jay had to ride Jose the way he was playing and with Bayless providing some spark, Sundiata got squeezed out like lettuce at a biker bar.

Johnson: he gave off a vibe early that he would be all over this game, but he seemed to fade away. He didn’t cost us much and he kept his fouls in check, but he lacked the quiet passion he had been showing the past 5-10 games.

Kleiza: the owl is hibernating.

Weems: went to check out some local ball in Toronto today. Probably felt horrible that 3/4 of the talent there could take him off the dribble.

Wright: one of the few games where he genuinely looked lost and frustrated. Maybe he got whiplash from watching all those Mike Miller shots go flying over his head and into the bucket.

Driving The Bus: DeMar DeRozan

Under The Bus: Julian Wright

Game Theme:

  • Arsenalist

    This is definitely in line for one of the best Roll Calls this year.

    Expected loss, no more no less. Thought we’d compete better with Wade and Bosh, though.

    • smushmush

      They actually tried today. At the end of the first half, I was thinking they were gonna be blown out by at least 50(it was a 20-plus deficit at halftime). It shows that these guys have some pride(which is good to see as a team in this situation after yesterday`s blowout would have folded up in the 2nd half after being down 20-plus at the end of the first half).

      Bargs played some defence on LBJ that was decent. Problem is why does he not show this kind of effort consistently. DD is coming into his own which I approve of.

      Hopefully, we win one more game before the end of the month(this team needs it sincerely as losing can take a toll on people lol – ask the 2009-2010 Nets).

  • Sixcubed

    Julian Wright “got whiplash from watching all those Mike Miller shots go flying over his head and into the bucket.”

    Lol classic… nice.

  • Valit

    Before everybody starts to trade Calderon, Bargnani, Kleiza et al and waits for Messiah to come by next season…here are some points I learned from the game:

    1. Raptors are very short on talent but at least they have some pride and professionalism.

    2. With this kind of roster, JT should not be crucified but rather congratulated…I ( for one) would have committed suicide by the second quarter ( it was THAT painful).

    3. We might have gotten a leader ( I just saw Calderon yelling in a sweet Spanish voice at his teammates during a timeout). JT and Carlesimo were quiet.

    4. Jack is an excellent commentator..listening to him and your basketball IQ elevates 50%.

    5. If physical fatigue can be overcome..the mental one takes much, much longer. BC should hire a shrink..a cute one..just like the Sopranos

    I truly hope that the Raptors bench is looking at the other team bench and takes notes of whom smirks the most when we are down by 20. Maybe in 5 years there can be a payback. Excellent Roll Call.

    P.S. memo to Colangelo…PLEASE, PLEASE no more revolving door with 6-7 new guys each year. Let’s build 1-2 at a time.

  • Aldomilan

    Think Younguns were partying much in the state of Florida?

  • wienermobile89

    My favourite pre-game followed up by one of the better Roll Calls. Good stuff, RR.

    As for the game: after Bargs cut it to 7 in the 4th, I really thought they were going to get over the hump and eventually take the game down to the wire. Instead, Calderon’s ankle gave out for no reason at all and Chalmer’s buried a wide open three. I was dumbfounded for a couple seconds, shared a look with my roommate, then stepped outside to throw the steaks on the grill – there was no point in watching after that.

  • Bob

    At one point in the 4th Raptors down 8 following happens:

    – 3 sec violation
    -foul on LBJ and 1(Armstrong questioning the call)
    -no call on AB (heavily pushed on J)
    -no call on DD at the rim

    How to stop a Team comeback

  • 511

    Man, that was a laugh. Great roll call.

  • Babyface_Killah

    Funny this is that after the win the Heat are now 31-13, while the Raptors are 13-31. Useless fact but needed something to get over the defence effort.

  • Tim W.

    You know, having trouble peeing in public is very common and shouldn’t be made fun of!

    • Rd

      Lol. It’s funny cause it’s true!

  • Cito Knickz

    gutsy second half…jose was great in the second half…would love to see jose,baylees demar amir and ed davis start the next ga,e

  • Cito Knickz

    i know a lot of you guys are frustrated but i love the future of this team….if demar ever develps a 3 watch out

    • RenaldoSugarbush

      I feel the same.
      Tough times make for tough people and this team is going through tough times.
      They will be a better team by getting dominated from time to time.

  • AnthonyF

    Well at least AB woke up…. 3.5 lousy games….. Of his first 9 misses, at least 5 seemed to go in and out…. Team is just too thin at the moment and the good news is still fun to watch most nights and we are collecting ping pong balls…..

  • BC Boy

    Love the wrap-up! Although, I do have to disagree with the statement that Derozan was more impressive than Lebron though (unless you are basing this statement on expectations). I am enjoying the improvements Demar is making, and I am not a fan of Lebron (after “The Decision”); however, you cannot help but respect his game. Last night Lebron was much more impressive and it showed in the win column. Lebron made every teammate on the floor better, which Demar can’t do yet. Lebron also guarded Raptors 5 (Bargs) and Raptors 1 (Calderon) at different times in the game, which Derozan can’t do. Lebron’s stat line (38, 11, 6) was far more impressive and he did it without looking like he is forcing it, which I often find with Demar’s relentless attack of the hoop (which I love). Demar may have been impressive enough to be prince last night, but the King sat confidently on the thrown.

  • John N

    With a Wing rotation of DeRozan, Wright, and Bayless, DeRozan need to play 48 mins and score at least 60 points to stand a chance to win, as he played the entire 2nd half, and Wright and Bayless were usless !!!

  • Toshmon

    The highlight of the game was when Davis fouled Lebron HARD and his head band fell off…..I think any basketball fan of any team in North America was like, “Fuck yeah!”