The “Alvin’s records aren’t made to be broken, bitches” edition:

Bargnani: yet another absolutely dreadful shooting night. I’m not sure if they opened the roof at Rogers Centre and stuck Andrea on top of the CN Tower and gave him 10 attempts to get it in the dome that he could hit one.  He did find himself at the line a few times and he converted there, but on a night where every point was important, he let his team down.

Calderon: hey, what’s another 45 minutes amongst friends, huh? If anybody had the right to look like they needed to be carried out on a stretcher tonight, it was Jose. Hell, if they had rushed on to the court with an oxygen mask at some point I wouldn’t have been surprised…but instead he put forth an effort that made it look like he had 2 days off and had just come back from a trip to Espana. Solid effort, some fantastic theatrics, and a great job quarterbacking a shorthanded team.

Davis: that stretch in the fourth made me happy, but also angry. To think he can hit that jumper and make it look so smooth and then get a nice slam in an open lane that shows off his hops…..frustrating we can’t see him go to that more frequently.

Forbes: no denying he had a night that made people sit up and take notice. A career high in rebounds (13) to offset an average shooting night. His 2 missed free throws, which happened at the end of OT, will loom large and cause him to wonder why the man upstairs let him down. It was obvious he was carrying it with him into the final possession, but that will go away with playing time. Great job in starting for DeMar.

Gray: I really have a desire to rip this guy but he always seems to shut me up in the second half. Does he possess a pretty game? Absolutely not. Hell, if his game was put up against Khloe Kardashian, I’d pick Khloe….but his big lumbering presence on offense and how he has consistently made himself available for getting a board under either basket makes him a valuable asset.

A. Johnson: workmanlike. When he plays like this, you wish he could wear a yellow construction helmet out on the court because you are afraid he’s going to sustain head trauma diving for loose balls, going up for boards amongst flailing arms, and, heck, it would act as a form of identification so that Leo would stop messing up which Johnson is which.

J. Johnson: if you are in a fantasy pool and James Johnson is available when the Raptors play the Bulls, you should pick him up. 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks. Now, like Forbes, his play down the stretch on the offensive end was a bit questionable. That Andrea-like reverse layup? Probably not a good idea. Still, 47 minutes of hard nosed basketball against his former team that kept us in this game to the final buzzer….x2.

Kleiza: he entered the game with butter on his hands and I have a feeling he’ll be entering the shower picking up soap. No idea what is going on with Linas but I have seen better work habits from Paris Hilton. There’s even video to prove it.

Driving the bus: James Johnson

Under the bus: Linas Kleiza

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28 Responses to “Raptors Roll Call Mar 24 vs Bulls”

  1. Lorenzo

    1. BC needs to pick up a PG quick. Not sure how much longer Jose can continuously play 40+ minutes. Preferably a young D-Leaguer that might surprise us

    2. Come on James… at least make it seem a bit less obvious…

    3. That Kleiza snippet made me laugh out loud literally

    4. Thank god we lost, we really do NOT need another pointless late season run

    5. That awkward moment when someone makes a game winning shot but you’re not sure if it counts so you delay the celebration

  2. cesco

    How can a lost game feel like it was a win , for the fans and for the team , not many will disagree with that , I think .

  3. BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

    Tough loss.

    Bargnani with a game winner yet???lmfao

    2nd year in a row that BC has been caught with not enough pgs on the roster due to an injury….smdh

    Orlando is up next…..then Denver

    • Lorenzo

      If there’s anything they’ve done right this season -and I’ve gotta tip my imaginary hat to Casey- is compete all game every game.

      • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

        And then you woke up to reality as the Raptors have been blow out of the building on numerous occasions this season.lmfao smdh

    • cesco

      We know now we can win against anyone in the league . Just short by 1/100 of a second to secure a win against the well rested best team in the league . Without a doubt , with the arrival of JV , the pick and possibly a FA all those narrow losses will become wins . Anyone who still think we are a couple of years away from being very competitive is not very knowledgeable of b-ball .

      • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

        The Bulls playing w/o Rose and an ejected Noah…lol

        The losses are just gonna magically turn into wins next season…lmfao

        You better go watch RaptorsTV Jonas special part II. lol

        Raptors will be in the Lottery next season as well unless both Jose & AB are traded away….

  4. Nilanka15

    I’m in total favour of the tank, but you gotta feel for the boys. Gutsy, gutsy effort tonight that fell just short. A win would’ve been one the few bright spots that carries over into next season. Hope they keep their collective heads up after this heart breaker.

  5. Truthkiller

    Raptors played hard, I fully expected them to layover like a whore #tanknation but with the way the game was playing out I just had to cheer them on. 

  6. TheTyrant

    Our losses this year don’t suck nearly as much tubesteak as they did last year. So in the words of Martha, thats a good thing.

  7. NyAlesund

    Great game. We lost a tough one but, in b2b, there is not anything
    to say to the guys.

    We had a plenty of chance to win, the three of AB, the drive to the rim of JJ
    and the missed two free shots.

    I don’t understand why someone have to complain about a missed shot from AB, it
    happened and I think no one in Raptors’ organization have nothing to say. Well execution
    with the ball spilled out from the rim. The entire game without DeRozan and
    Bayless. I think we have to thanks the guys instead pointing out some mistakes.
    Probably someone has forgetting that we played against the 2nd best defence of
    the league and rested. I think is correct to celebrate and thanks them.

    • Destro

      It was never lost,its been where its always been on Denver’s bench…Unfortunately over here in LoserVille we tend to think crap is more valuable than what it actually is……

  8. 511

    Great game. Hurt to finish like that after the good ride that it was, but damn, this team does have something goin on when it wants to. We’re not as far away as some think. 

    And … sure do miss those early-morning Arse write-ups. Not complaining, I appreciate anything that gets done here at no-cost to anyone except those who do it but … just saying. I miss that. Go Raps. 

    And seeing as I said that, it’s only fair that I acknowledge the game-in game-out roll call that has been rather exceptionally fantastic this year. AltRaps rocks. Go Raps again. 

    • Sam Holako

      I wish my bowel movements were as consistently satisfying as AltRaps’ roll-calls.

      • CJT

        Try more fibre. 

        Was the second to last shot partially blocked?  It looked like it was and ended up right in Deng’s hands.


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