Not even the luck of the Irish can put together a couple of wins for the Raptors. I guess all of the luck was used up in the pasting of the Pacers on Sunday, as the Raptors just weren’t in this one at all tonight.
Make no mistake about it, the Raptors got taken to the woodshed tonight. The Bobcats were throwing ally-oops, dunking inside, dropping jumpers, they were pretty much playing with a relative ease, the kind of thing you see at an all-star game (once again, just without the all-stars). If you wanted to see a team that has officially packed things in and called it a season, then all you had to do was watch the Raptors tonight.
Not even Pops could save the Raptors with some energy tonight (and to Doug Smith…shut down Pops and offer up a secret two year deal? That was a joke, right? I mean, I’m impressed by what he has done so far and like that he has found a niche, but you’re joking, right?). The only player who seemed to have some real energy tonight, especially on the boards was Bosh, who picked up 14 boards in another double-double night (18 points).
There was more than one occasion tonight where I saw Shawn Marion start trotting back on D before a shot had even rimmed out. In the 3rd quarter, Bargs took a jumper that looked like it was going to be a bit heavy and when it was, there was Marion already heading back on D instead of fighting for a board. He didn’t have to be boxed out, because he was already out of the postal code (or zip code since this one was in Charlotte). That’s not the kind of effort that is going to endear a team to a guy, although from all accounts, he doesn’t want to be back in Toronto anyway.
So after another pathetic performance, the Raptors have a few days off to see if they can find a chant or some sort of magical spell to bring them some real consistency. As a fan, this is getting really tough to watch.