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Old 11-30-2009, 11:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Poor third quarters have killed the Toronto Raptors on their current three-game losing streak.

In Charlotte, the Raptors were outscored 33-21, turning a six-point deficit into an 18-point deficit. In Boston, they were outscored 33-17, turning a one-point lead into a 15-point deficit. Against Phoenix they were outscored 34-27, turning a one-point deficit into an eight-point deficit, although the Phoenix lead ballooned to as high as 19 points in the quarter.

Something has got to give. Maybe the Raptors should all chug a Red Bull or something.

"Me and coach talked about it," guard Jarrett Jack said. "I think his patience is starting to wear thin with what's going on in the third quarter. It might be a quicker lineup change or a quicker insertion into the second half lineup or possibly even not starting the second half with the same starting unit that started the game. Whatever we have to do to get that one thing turned around, we need to go ahead and get it out of the way."
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