Game 56: Raptors vs. Cavaliers - Post-game

Well, let’s be honest, it was really too much to expect the Raptors to beat the Spurs, go into the break, have a big trade and then come out and beat the Cavs without Bosh in the lineup.  There’s pulling off miracles and then there’s pulling off miracles.  Although even though the Raptors lost tonight, there were some positive signs from tonight’s game…and one negative thing that has become a constant for the Raptors.

Let’s start with the negative thing.  You know it.  The third quarter.   The third quarter has essentially become the giant meteor that comes flying out of the sky, making all dinosaurs extinct.  You can use the scoreboard halftime countdown as a sort of end of an era countdown, knowing when the timely death of the dinosaurs will happen.  Oh, have to get back to our seats, the dinosaurs are about to become extinct in 10…9…8…7…you get the point.  Seriously, what happens in that third quarter?  What gets the meteor flying in this direction?  The Raptors played a first half that wasn’t all that bad.  They went into the break down six points with Big Z essentially dominating, but outside of that, they weren’t being outplayed and led for a good chunk of the first quarter.  I am at a complete loss of words when trying to explain what happens to them at halftime.  Maybe the Raptors get the bad shipments of Gatorade, the discounted ones because they were found to have bromine or something in them.   When JT is let go at the end of the season (and offered another position within the organization), the poor dude who comes in to coach will have to figure out what the deal with the third quarter is.

This is going to sound a little ridiculous, but while almost allowing LBJ a triple-double, the Raptors did a pretty good job of shutting him down.  They were able to limit him to 20 points, which all things considered, isn’t too bad.  The problem the Raptors had tonight was that they were outworked and Big Z contributed for the Cavs, giving them that extra dimension.  While it is still early and there were clearly some plays where Marion was blown by on the first step of the James Express, but overall, Marion and AP did a good job of keeping things relatively under control.

The Raptors needed a night from Bargs and he just wasn’t anywhere to be found.  He only had 11 points and now that JO is gone, he should realize that he is the big man option the Raptors have been banking their future on.  I still believe that is a good bargain, but Bargain Bargs needs to provide some sort of consistency.  If Bargs isn’t able to come up with some solid games and contribute on both ends of the court, then as I mentioned earlier, things aren’t going to change anything.

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