One move was forced upon them, a second was in hopes of providing a boost to a sore spot in the lineup and a third may be coming that will give the Raptors another veteran presence. Oh, and they lost another game here — their sixth straight defeat — on a Wednesday night of change.
If not for The Team Formerly Known As The Bullets, there would be no one below the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference standings of the NBA. In fact, there’d be no one lower in the entire league. Which brings us to Bryan Colangelo, now nearing his seventh anniversary of trying/promising to make the Raptors something other than an NBA weakling.
The Grizzlies held Toronto to 31 per cent shooting and forced 11 turnovers in the second half to pull away and beat the Raptors 103-82 on Wednesday night for their third straight win.
It took a half, but the Toronto Raptors showed that they still might need Andrea Bargnani, if only a little bit.
If you’ve been reading RaptorBlog recently or if you follow me on twitter, then you’ll know that I think any realistic hopes of competing for a playoff spot might have evaporated already when the Raptors lost both games at Charlotte and Detroit last week, but this Friday’s game against Phoenix really will be the season on the line, no matter how early it is.
Trailing by only one point at the half, Toronto played dead in the third quarter, allowing the league-leading 11-2 Grizzlies to start the third on an 11-1 run. By the time the Tony Allen-led carnage was over, the Raptors trailed by an insurmountable 20 points and were on the way to a record 10 games under 500.
The Memphis Grizzlies turned up the defensive pressure, and turned a close game into a rout.
Both of whom traded him for NOTHING just to get rid of him. Talented, tough, tenacious, and a TOTAL headache, evidently.
I think Zach Randolph weighs more than the entire Raptors team. Marc Gasol too. Seriously though, who’s the heaviest Raptor? Bargnani’s scrawny and Jonas is boneless.
Reserve Marreese Speights led five Memphis players in double figures with 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Grizzlies topped the Toronto Raptors, 103-82, behind a decisive third quarter.
Marreese Speights wanted to paint a picture for Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and he used the Toronto Raptors as his canvas.
On the second night of back-to-back road games, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey was happy his team trailed the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA’s hottest team, by just a point at halftime Wednesday night at the FedExForum.
Still, Casey knew the storm was approaching. “I told our guys they (the Grizzlies) were going to turn up the juice, and we had to meet their toughness with our toughness,” Casey said.