Daily Raptor Dish - 12.01.10
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Raps blow it, big time


The screamed four-letter expletive that emanated from the showers in the Raptors’ locker room aptly summed up what might have been the most frustrating loss of the season.
The Raptors, in a 105-101 loss at the hands of the Indiana Pacers, suffered the second biggest blown lead in team history, squandering a 23-point advantage at the Conseco Fieldhouse.
“It was a very stupid loss,” Andrea Bargnani said. “We let them come back, it was all on us. We went 20 points up and we lost our concentration.”
The Raps, who had won three of their previous four road games and eight of 10 overall, came awfully close to setting the team record for the largest blown lead. Toronto twice has lost after leading by 24 points, and both times it was to the Mavericks in Dallas, once in 2006 and again in 2007.
The Raptors led by 23 early in the second quarter and were in control at the half, ahead by 13 and rather jubilant thanks to a 65-foot prayer that Antoine Wright hit as the buzzer sounded. But the sit-back-and-have-fun attitude that permeated from the bench in the second quarter, when most of the starters happily cheered on their replacements, soon dissipated in the final 24 minutes

Raps need more from Hedo

Jay Triano understands Hedo Turkoglu's frustration.
Turkoglu, following a loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, opined that he is not handling the ball as much as he would like to be with the Raptors after signing a monster contract last summer.
"I would like to see him have the ball a little bit more too," Triano, the Raptors coach, said. "We have to find a way to get him involved a little bit more maybe.
"I look at the fact we are one of the top scoring teams in the NBA," Triano said.
"Is it too early in the season to panic? Absolutely. Turk makes great plays. On (Sunday), he did not have a great game offensively and he still had nine assists. He took nine shots. That's 18 times he had the ball. "Does he want it more? Yes. Does everybody? Yes."

Raptors Replay

After Rasho Nesterovic scored a basket not long before the half, Raptors teammate Hedo Turkoglu couldn't help himself. Turkoglu, sitting on the bench, yelled quite loudly, "Yeah, Rasho, they should've kept you here." Nesterovic left Indiana to sign with Toronto last July.
Danny Granger's temper nearly got the better of him when he was called for fouling the Raptors' Sonny Weems in the second quarter, sending Weems crashing to the floor. Granger had some words for referee Nicholas Buchert, and then got in the face of Weems as the Toronto guard stood at the free-throw line. Cooler heads prevailed.
Jarrett Jack had what seemed like a sensible end to any team woes that result from gambling. "Pay when you lose, collect when you win," Jack said. "If you always want to collect, but never want to pay, then you shouldn't play." In the wake of the Washington Wizards gun fiasco, the New jersey Nets banned gambling on team flights. Said Raps coach Jay Triano: "The (Raptors) don't do it, so there is no need to bring it up."

Feschuk: Raptors squander 23-point difference

Cue the monumental collapse. The 23-point lead was whittled to 13 points at the half, six points heading into the fourth quarter. All the while, the once-hot-shooting Raptors, who'd made 53 per cent of their field goals in the first half, went frigid, going 21 per cent for the second. The selfless Raptors, who'd passed for 15 assists in the first half, turned largely to a me-first unit. And that 23-point lead? By the fourth quarter, it was a distant memory. Toronto lost, 105-101, to a Danny Granger-led squad that refused to quit

Raptors Blog by Doug Smith

Bulletin to those about to burn jerseys, rip the tops off bobbleheads or storm the ACC:
They will lose more games like they lost last night as the season goes on, beaten by inferior teams because they can’t put them away for whatever reason. It’s going to happen more than a few times, I suspect.
But they’re also going to win a few games against good teams when you least expect it, come out of nowhere to, oh, I dunno, beat San Antonio on the second half of a back-to-back or go into Orlando and win.
It’s just the way the game goes, and it’s fun.
Seriously, it’s fun.

Raptors can't keep the pace

Danny Granger provided the spark the Indiana Pacers had been missing.
The forward scored 23 points, and the Pacers overcame a 23-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 105-101 on Monday night.
It was Indiana's first win in three games since Granger returned from a heel injury that kept him out for a month.
“We battled back, battled back, battled back,” Granger said with his feet in ice. “Those are the type of wins that can really start win streaks.”
Granger showed his all-star form in the middle two quarters, when he scored 19 points to help chip away at Toronto's lead.
“He allows them the ability to stretch the floor, drive to the basket, just gives them another dimension in scoring,” Raptors coach Jay Triano said. “He can make threes, but he's not stuck in that three-point line.”

Raptors hit the wall in loss to Indianapolis

The Toronto Raptors' most decisive victory of the year, an early-December evisceration of the Chicago Bulls, came on the end of a back-to-back set. So it would be unfair to say the team is incapable of playing effectively on consecutive nights.
However, especially at the beginning of the season, the Raptors have shown a propensity to fatigue. And midway through the second quarter of Monday night in Indianapolis, you could see the Raptors getting tired.
Things had been going smoothly, but suddenly every offensive possession seemed like a challenge, and every defensive possession yielded an open look. With more 4:21 to play in the second quarter, the Raptors led by 23 points; in the next 12 minutes of game action, the Pacers had cut 21 points off of that lead.
In the end, the Raptors could not stop the Pacers' tidal wave. Indiana rode a barrage of three-pointers to a 105-101 victory. It will go down as one of Toronto's most disappointing losses of the season. It also dropped the Raptors (19-20) back below .500.

Pacers rally from 23 points down to beat Raptors

The offensive-minded Pacers dug in and played with a defensive passion that has rarely been seen this season in their 105-101 victory over the Raptors at Conseco Fieldhouse on Monday night.
"We showed resiliency, which is what we haven't shown in the past," forward Danny Granger said about their recovery from a 23-point deficit. "We need to do it more. We fought back and fought back. Everybody contributed across the board."
The Pacers gave up 53 percent shooting in the first half.
With that in mind, O'Brien moved starting center Roy Hibbert to the bench and started Mike Dunleavy with Granger, Earl Watson , Troy Murphy and Luther Head in the third quarter.
A move like that allows the Pacers to space the court and prevents defenses from sagging off the shooters.
"That's the type of lineup they had in mind when they put this team together," Dunleavy said. "We're not necessarily going to start that lineup, but it's pretty tough to guard.
"We have shooters all over the place

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Doug Smith said on thefa590 that the raps will blow out the Pacers. Now he puts in this flith.

The guy is just hilarious
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Originally Posted by DVS View Post
Doug Smith said on thefa590 that the raps will blow out the Pacers. Now he puts in this flith.

The guy is just hilarious
He is. I view his writing as a continual comedy. It's so funny to see him get angry with his readers.
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