As you sit and try to dissect another loss, it's always a good idea to pinpoint one moment when it all went wrong.
Trouble is, with the Raptors these days there are so many moments it's hard to single out one.
night, in another humbling administered by the Charlotte Bobcats,
102-89 before an Air Canada Centre crowd that managed to have enough
passion left at the end to boo the locals off the court, was a perfect
Is it wise to pinpoint the first four Charlotte
possessions, three of which ended in emphatic uncontested dunks, a
stretch that began an unimaginable night of 62 points in the paint for
"When you're close to your guy, if you can at least
get a hand in his way, you have to say with him," said Chris Bosh. "I
mean, they were going by us. We were looking at the numbers on the back
of their jerseys, you know.
"We have to dig in, we can't let that
happen, especially early in the game and especially on Gerald Wallace.
He's playing well right now and he's looking to very aggressive and you
get that guy going and he's going to keep at it the whole game," added
Or is the best time to pinpoint the final 2:40 of the third
quarter when Toronto, which was within four and looking like they'd
make a game of it, went to a bench that's as bad as any in professional
basketball at the moment, only to see a fivesome of Jose Calderon, Joey
Graham, Jason Kapono, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Andrea Bargnani get
outscored 13-5 and put the Raptors in a 12-point hole to start the
fourth quarter, a disadvantage this thoroughly challenged squad could
Mensah-Bonsu went foul, turnover, foul on a
Wallace three-point play in the most evident lapse; much more obvious
than a couple of missed defensive assignments by Graham and almost
three-more minutes of shot-free play from Kapono.
"We can watch
the tape and I'm not going to point fingers at guys but that was the
turning point of the game," said coach Jay Triano. "They go on a run to
finish the third quarter there and some of our guys need a blow and ...
I'm not going to point fingers."
Or do you point to the fact two
Bobcats – Boris Diaw and Gerald Wallace – both had 30 points because
two teammates going for 30 or more in the same game must be some kind
of huge statistical anomaly and has probably happened to the Raptors
only a handful of times in team history?
That Diaw-Wallace thing
doesn't really count since the last time Toronto was lit up by two
teammates getting 30 each was, um, about six weeks ago when Kobe Bryant
and Pau Gasol did it to them.
"We didn't do a very good job on
dribble penetration from all spots," said Triano in the night's biggest
understatement. "Every wing position, (and) from the top they got past
us and (for) the points in the paint as well, they just posted us up.
haven't a lot of teams post us up and this team got the ball inside,
Diaw got it going inside and Wallace got to the rim every time he
wanted to. They're super quick and athletic, good drivers. Diaw is
crafty with the basketball down low and knows how to get good position."
is should it be just as easy to point out that Bosh had 35 points and
Bargnani added 27; mention that the two of them were 18-for-34 from the
field, that Bosh shot 20 free throws (making 19) and Bargnani got to
the line four times. And then contrast those numbers with the fact that
the other eight Raptors who played combined for 27 points, 12-for-32
shooting from the field and a grand total of two shots from the foul
line, both by Jose Calderon?
So many questions, so many faults, so many losses.