Miracle: mir?a?cle /?m?r?k?l/ [mir-uh-kuhl]
ânoun 1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.
3. a wonder; marvel.
4. a wonderful or surpassing example of some quality: a miracle of modern acoustics.
Any of those could pretty much sum up what we saw from the Raptors tonight in a win over the Spurs. It’s not just that the Raptors were able to beat one of the best teams in the NBA, but they were able to do it without Bosh, Calderon and for a good chunk of the game, Joey Graham, who has been one of their better players of late.
To state that what took place at the ACC tonight was a miracle isn’t really stretching the truth that much. Let’s keep in mind that we saw Roko Ukic come up with the game of his life, where he not only did the things we know he could do (penetrate, use his speed), but all of a sudden, the kid was hitting shots from outside like he has been doing it in the NBA for a few seasons now.
The Raptors were able to use their speed to beat the Spurs, getting up and down the court and exposing what at times looked like what I suspected…a team that isn’t as quick as people think they are. On offense, Parker and Ginobili showed that they have those quick cuts and moves that can tear teams apart, but on the defensive end, neither of them looked like they were into the game.
So now the Raptors head into the All-Star break with what can be considered a decent end to the “first half” of the season. If there was ever a place to start afresh, this would be it. Hopefully, the Raptors can take a look at what they have done in the past few games and turn that into something positive down the stretch. Could these be the two games that propel the Raptors into a playoff drive? I guess we will have to wait and see. For now, they can just be happy for the rest.