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Daily Raptor Dish - 14.03.11
Poor effort leads to another Raptors loss
Evans makes Bobcats take notice
Equally bad from a Raptors standpoint was a sudden neglect of the kind of ball movement that makes them successful.
Particularly in the third quarter, the Raptors got away from the extra pass, opting instead to try and do it individually.
That wound up playing right into the Bobcats’ hands.
“This is a team that plays good defence,” Triano said. “They collapse, they make you shoot jump shots and they hope you are going to miss. They keep a foot in the lane with everybody and when you keep a foot in the lane like they did, you’d better be able to make shots or swing the ball over to the second side.”
Unfortunately, the Raptors did neither. The only thing that kept the game even close was all the second possessions Evans got for them with his tireless rebounding.
Evans, though, admitted the pounding to get all those boards takes a toll.
“As the game goes on you’re getting hit harder and harder and I have to (use) so much energy from the banging and I have these big old dents in my back,” he said. “You know I love it, though. You just got to keep on banging.”
With the win, the Bobcats momentarily moved a half-game in front of Indiana which was playing in New York on Sunday night.
All the Raptors got out of such a game was motivation to work a little more on their free-throw shooting and the lesson that more ball movement is not only better for them, but a necessity if they are to compete with the likes of a Charlotte or other teams within a similar talent bracket.
Raptors stumble to 95-90 loss to Bobcats
“Reggie plays hard, probably the hardest playing player in the league. He wants to win and he gets under your skin sometimes because he plays so hard,” Jackson said after the Raptors forward pulled down 17 rebounds in a 95-90 loss to the Bobcats.
That’s 44 rebounds in three games since Evans returned from a 47-game absence because of a broken foot.
Augustin was no less complementary of Evans.
“He just finds the ball,” Augustin said. “We tried to block him out and with two people and he still got the ball. He just plays hard every minutes of the game. He is a great player.”
Of course all that talk came after the game. During play, Evans made just about every member of the Bobcats curse at least once and even got under the skin of assistant coach and former Raptor Charles Oakley.
Oakley could be seen jawing at Evans, who was not prepared to discuss the details of the conversation.
Asked what Oakley said? Evans replied: “Whatever the first thing was that came to his mind basically. I think he was just trying to get his team right and I guess he didn’t like what I was doing on the court.”
Rogers leads pack of MLSE suitors, experts say
Sometimes not enough shots fall and you can win a basketball game with defence.
Sometime the defence is porous but the ball’s going in and it’s a good old-fashioned shootout.
Sometimes you miss free throws and make three-pointers to make up for it.
Sometimes you kick the ball all over the gym but get enough steals that it really doesn’t matter.
And sometimes nothing really works and you lose.
The Raptors went down to another defeat on Sunday afternoon, losing 95-90 to the Charlotte Bobcats at the Air Canada Centre and like so many other times in this lost season, they just weren’t good enough in any facet of the game.
They weren’t horrible, they were just off a bit and that’s a killing blow to a team that needs to fire on all cylinders — or at least most of them — to have any chance.
Former Raptor Oakley still has bite
“The telcos will be eager considering this is a content play, and when you look at that content —Raptors, Leafs, Marlies and FC — you’re suddenly going to be the home team (broadcaster) for all of them,” says Brian Cooper, president and CEO of S&E Sponsorship Group. “You’ve locked it all in. It’s incredibly powerful.”
All comers will have to go through Larry Tanenbaum, current MLSE chairman and its second biggest shareholder.
Tanenbaum, who owns 20.5 per cent of MLSE, has the right of first refusal on the up-for-grab shares, as does TD Capital, which owns the remaining 13.5 per cent.
With that hammer, Tanenbaum could well make a play for control of the company himself. He has not commented publicly on his plans.
“At the end of the day, Larry’s in control,” said Cooper, a former business partner of Tanenbaum’s. “He’s going to be wooed by the telcos and what he might end up saying is, ‘I am interested, I want you to partner with me and I stay as chairman and I get a lift.’”
The “lift” could be a premium payout to Tanenbaum in exchange for not exercising his first right option, says Cooper.
Raptors fall to fiery Oakley's Bobcats
Charles Oakley is not someone you mess with. Not in the paint or if you owe him money, and especially if you’re a Charlotte Bobcat under his watch.
“He’s the enforcer,” reserve guard Matt Carroll said of the 18-year NBA veteran, who landed his first coaching gig when Charlotte hired him as an assistant coach earlier this year.
“The language is explicit,” Charlotte guard Shaun Livingston said.
But Oakley doled out mostly grins and high-fives to his team during Sunday’s 95-90 win over a struggling Toronto Raptors (18-48) at the Air Canada Centre.
Instead, the 47-year-old former Raptor saved his best insults for the one Toronto player doing his job with aplomb.
“Guess he didn’t like what I was doing on the court,” said Reggie Evans, who finished with 17 rebounds.
The trash talk between the two grinders mostly began in the fourth quarter, after Evans forced a turnover then let loose an air ball as the shot clock buzzer sounded. Oakley, his chiselled 6-foot-8 frame wrapped in a three-piece suit, hopped to his feet and let fly his famously frank tongue.
Evans allowed only that the exchange wasn’t polite. But it was all for the love of the game, he said.
As the third quarter of Sunday afternoon's game expired, Charles Oakley was screaming at his modernday replica.
Oakley, now a Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach and a legendary rebounder and enforcer, would not stop harassing Toronto Raptors banger Reggie Evans. Evans stole a pass to end the frame, and fired up a heave that fell short of the basket. One lip-reading observer at home had Oakley telling Evans, "That was some [bull excrement] you put up there."
And throughout the fourth quarter of the Bobcats' 95-90 victory, the trash-talking between the two did not slow. What was Oakley saying?
"The first thing that came to his mind, basically," Evans said. "I said to get his team right. I guess he didn't like what I was doing on the court. But it was all love for the game."
It must have seemed aw-fully familiar to Oakley, who earlier this year bristled when reporters suggested Evans played a lot like the former Bull, Knick and Raptor (and, less memorably, Wizard and Rocket) used to play. Evans hauled in 17 rebounds Sunday, eight on the offensive end, keeping the wayward-shooting Raptors in a game they did not belong in.
If Oakley did not like the Evans comparison, it makes some sense. Oakley had a more versatile game.
"Oak's a winner. He's a winner. He had a nice little 15to17-foot jumper, rebounded the ball, played some of the best [defence] in the game," Evans said. "He played beside [Patrick] Ewing, played here. He was a good blue-collar player. And he played next to [Michael] Jordan. He had a hell of a career, a career worth looking up to."
Henderson steps up for Bobcats where other Gerald left off
Andrea Bargnani had 17 points for the Raptors, bouncing back after scoring a season-low eight points in Friday's win over Indiana. Leandro Barbosa added 15 points for Toronto, which is winless in four meetings with Charlotte this season and has lost 11 of 15 and 24 of 29. Jose Calderon had 13 points and DeMar DeRozan 11.
"We didn't have enough guys that played well offensively," Raptors coach Jay Triano said. "The guys that usually score for us didn't and had off games shooting the ball, especially from the free throw line."
Toronto went 20 for 31 from the line, with rookie Ed Davis missing a team-high four free throws. The Raptors have not won back-to-back games since home wins over Washington on Dec. 1 and Oklahoma City on Dec. 3.
Toronto's Reggie Evans had 17 rebounds, his third straight double-digit performance after missing 47 games with a broken foot.
"I wish he was on my team. I love the way he plays," Jackson said, referring to his opponent as "mad man Evans."