Sometimes, even though you play a good game and most of the things you want to happen actually happen, you still come out with a loss. That’s pretty much what happened tonight to the Raptors.
The Raptors needed strong outings from the Killer B’s and for the most part got them, although both players faded in the latter part of the game. Andrea came out and once again played a solid game against Yao, playing him tough and close and challenging him before the ball even reached his hands. Yao still had a good night, but you couldn’t ask for much more from Andrea.
Jose came through with the solid night that I had hoped he would, posting a double-double and effectively involving his teammates. He pushed the ball when he had to, which helped Shawn Marion land his double-double. It sounds like a perfect recipe for a road win over a tough opponent, doesn’t it?
The problem is, Anthony Parker had a dreadful night shooting and somehow, the Raptors allowed Carl Landry (who?) to come out and light it up. I guess that’s what makes good teams good, when they are able to have a guy come off the bench and fill a void that is needed. Landry led the Rockets in scoring and was coming off an injury, which only kicks more sand into the Raptors’ faces.
When you are the Raptors and have had a season go like this one has, these are the kinds of things that happen to you. You play a pretty strong game on the road against a strong team and you still come out with a loss. You just have to sum it up to being one of those things. So much for the Test in the West. The Raptors failed.