Daily Raptor Dish - 26.11.09
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Jay Triano knows the problem. It's the solution he's having a problem uncovering.
On the second of back-to-back nights, it was the Raptors' lack energy. Triano sees it. The players see it.
But how do you correct it?
"This is something these guys should be used to," Triano said. "You have to learn how to play these games. You can't just cancel 18 games (the number of back-to-backs remaining) You have to find a way to fight through it. Maybe you do something different."
Asked what that might be, Triano just shook his head.
"I have no idea," he said. "I'm trying to figure it out. Usually, we let them sleep until noon. Maybe we wake them up and practise? I really don't know if that helps or hurts the cause



Raps hit season low


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They may stop mentioning the words back-to-back in the Raptor locker room.
So far this season the back end of those games has brought only pain, heartache, and even embarrassment to a team that is trying desperately but failing to bring any consistency to their game on a night-to-night basis.
One night after their offence clicked just about every time down the floor in a win over Indiana, the Raptors had little of anything to offer the Bobcats in the way of a game.
The final score, 116-81 was ugly in so many ways. The 81 points by the Raps were easily a season low. The previous low of 91 against Utah came on another back-to-back.
The 34.5% shooting percentage was also a low mark for the season. The margin of defeat was another low watermark.
For the record, the Raptors are 0-3 on the back end of a back-to-back with 16 more to come this year.
The Raps kept it close for a half, down by just six, but even that was somewhat deceiving.
It was primarily on the strength of just two players that allowed the Raptors to remain anywhere close for the first 24 minutes.
In a game that seemed devoid of energy on the Raptors end, Amir Johnson and Andrea Bargnani were the only Raptors with any life.
And once the second half arrived one would be hard-pressed to find a single Raptor showing any signs of real energy.
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Forward Reggie Evans saw a foot specialist in Charlotte yesterday and, while he's not ready to get back on a court any time soon, there was some good news. "(The doctor) looked at the X-rays that were taken when it first happened and after examining the foot today he could see quite a bit of improvement," Evans said. The downside is he could give no firm timetable for when Evans might be able to return to the court. Evans has yet to play in a regular season game after spraining his foot Oct 14 in a pre-season game in Hartford against the Celtics.






Raptors listless in worst loss of season


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You can give the Raptors the benefit of a couple of days' rest, their freshest possible bodies and a loud home crowd, and let's face it, even in those idyllic conditions, on most nights Toronto's offence-obsessed hoopsters play defence reluctantly and only occasionally effectively.
Give them the second game of a back-to-back set, weary shooting legs and the blasé setting of a half-empty Time Warner Cable Arena and you get Wednesday night's embarrassing 35-point defeat to the Charlotte Bobcats, a 116-81 display of the visitors' disinterest in all matters defensive that amounted to the Raptors' worst loss of the season.
You get a procession of Bobcats streaking to the hoop for dunks and layups without argument, the home team scoring an astonishing 74 points in the paint to Toronto's 44.
And you get Gerald Wallace, the Charlotte swingman who has never been named to an NBA all-star team, looking like an all-world, one-man wrecking crew.
Wallace, who came in averaging 13.7 points per game, scored 31 in his first 32 minutes of playing time because he's the kind of energetic athlete the Raptors don't fare well against.


Reggie Evans' foot placed in cast


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Reggie Evans, the Raptors forward, walked into another doctor's office Wednesday hoping to hear good news about his left foot injury. He walked out wearing a hard cast.
And as for news, Evans said what he heard was encouraging, if unspecific.
Bryan Colangelo, the Raptors president and GM, said there remains no official timeline for his return.
"The doctor said it's definitely showed a lot of improvement," said Evans. "He was saying these injuries are so much of a hassle because they don't really have a time frame for when they want to get better. So you really don't know








Raptors hammered by Bobcats


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The low-scoring Bobcats set a season high for points for the second straight game thanks to Wallace, who was 10 for 20 from the field and 11 of 12 from the foul line. He also combined with Jackson in Charlotte’s most fluid offensive performance since Jackson’s arrival.
Before Jackson’s fifth game since being acquired Golden State, coach Larry Brown said, “There’s a lot more he’s capable of doing. We’ve got to find a way to help him out.”
Jackson appeared more comfortable with his teammates, and teamed with Wallace in the game’s decisive run. With Charlotte leading 66-59 midway through the third quarter, Jackson fed Boris Diaw to begin a 17-3 run full of fast-break hoops.






Bobcats beat Raptors 116-81 in team's biggest rout




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While Bosh collected his 13th double-double, he hit only 5 of 14 shots. Hedo Turkoglu managed only five points on 2-of-7 shooting and Jarrett Jack shot 1 for 9 as the Raptors fell to 0-4 on the second night of a back-to-back.
"If I'm open I'll continue to shoot," said Bosh, 10-for-33 from the field in the last two games. "I practice that shot all the time. If it doesn't go in during the games, I can't worry about that."
Bosh didn't get his first field goal until the final minute of the half, but the Raptors trailed only 52-46. Bargnani's outside shooting and Johnson's play off the bench kept Toronto in it.
Toronto quickly faded in the second half, when it committed 13 of its 18 turnovers.



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