Raptors maul Philly after Dallas debacle

I remember when the Philly games used to be something to look forward to. You had Iverson, Aaron McKie, Tyrone Hill and Eric Snow to contend with and it was always a nervous affair. It’s one of the few rivalries the Raptors actually had; it originated when the Raptors lost to Philadelphia on Vince Carter’s…

Mavericks burn Raptors in final second

It’s too bloody painful to think about this game, let alone recap it, but since I’ve undertaken the task of keeping a Raptor blog, duty calls. Nowitzki willed Mavs through The problem with the Raptors isn’t that they can’t play defense, the problem is they can’t do it for more than 25 minutes a game.…

Raptors labor in win over Celtics

Despite Boston suiting nine players with no starter over the age of 22, the Celts managed to trouble the Raptors long enough to cast doubts over the mental makeup of the Raptors team. A painful and miserable Raptors effort for the majority of the contest saw them give Boston every opportunity to pull this game…

Bosh powers Raptors past Bucks

The most important thing to note in this game was that the Bucks were missing major contributors in Michael Redd, Charlie Villanueva, Bobby Simmons and Maurice Williams. So when the Raptors walked in to the Bradley Center, they knew they had a good chance to come out with a win, a perfect response to the…

Raptors fall to Nets; division race tightens

Vince had 32 to make up for his bad game in TorontoI didn’t expect the Raptors to win this game. Playing in New Jersey against an under-pressure Nets team that just got swept in a home-and-home by the Cavs, the Raptors weren’t going to be allowed to win this game. The Nets simply aren’t that…

Wizards no match for streaking Raptors

Based on The Score’s three minute intro to the game which consisted entirely of Gilbert Arenas hitting game winners, throwing down jams and hitting fadeaways, I thought the Raps were in for a let down. But the NBA’s second leading scorer didn’t seem to rattle anybody in a Raptors uniform this afternoon, and if anything,…

Raptors vs. Hawks: Doug Flutie’s in town

Here’s a picture of Chris Bosh so you get some idea of what happened tonight.Hawks didn’t have a chance in this one; fell behind early and never really recovered. Like the Raptors with TJ Ford, they came in missing a key player in Josh Smith. That’s about all the analysis you need from this game.…

Raptors lose to Suns in heartbreaker

Actually went to this affair which saw the return of Chris Bosh and the exit of TJ Ford and Jorge Garbajosa. It ended 100-98 for the Suns and more importantly, no pizza for me since the Raptors didn’t reach the 100 point plateau. The Suns jumped out to a 17 point second quarter lead at…

Raptors get what they deserve against Bulls

To put it simply, the Bulls have too much quality for the Raptors to handle. After owning the Bulls for several seasons (16 straight wins I believe), the Raptors lost their 15th straight against Chicago and this time the recipe for disaster was pretty much the same. Dominant guard play by Kirk Hinrich and Ben…

Raptors exact revenge against Blazers; top division

Having already won the game once at the end of regulation, TJ Ford feeds Andrea Bargnani for the open jumper after sucking in all five Portland defenders. Thats how it ended: 101-100 at the Rose Garden in Portland where both Lamond Murray and Chris Bosh failed to provide last second heroics in seasons past. Revenge…

NBA Power Rankings

NBA.com has taken a page out of ESPN (pretty much copied them) and started to rank teams on a weekly basis – also known as the NBA Power Rankings. This week sees NBA.com and ESPN.com rank both their top five the exact same: Phoenix San Antonio Utah Dallas Detroit No surprises or major arguments against…

TJ Ford guns down Clippers in Wild West Showdown

TJ Ford brought back memories of Vince Carter in LA with a buzzer beating jumper to down the Clippers 98-96. With 15 seconds left and the score tied, Sam Mitchell called the best play: nothing. Just let TJ go one-on-one. Quentin Ross stumbled and the rest is history. Raps started this one off on positive…