Posts Tagged ‘Overtime’

Terrence Ross, seen here emerging Alien-style from Amir Johnson’s chest, had a crazy putback dunk against Brooklyn last week. (Photo: hoopsfix.com)

Record:   14-26 (4-6 over the past 10)

Low point: A brutal bench performance agains the Bucks on January 13: Milwaukee’s bench outscore’s Toronto’s 43-7. A 20-point Raptor lead turns into an 11-point loss.

High point: Being on the happy end of back-to-back blowouts of the 76ers and Bobcats.

Stuff I’ve Noticed:

  • Overtime makes me nervous.
  • Quincy Acy might be James Harden’s long-lost (and less talented) twin.
  • I heard someone say that Aaron Gray looks like he doesn’t know what he’s doing when he plays, but I disagree. Sometimes he looks like he knows what he’s supposed to be doing. It’s doing it that’s the problem.
Memorable Quote:
“Those guys are really happy over there. Or they’re just drying their towels.”
-My wife, after watching the Raptors bench celebrate a Terrence Ross 3-pointer against Portland.
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Yes, I have used this image before. But that’s because it’s the best image ever.

If you’ve missed the last three games, you’ve missed a hat-trick of suck from our hometown Raptors. So, if you’ve had better things to do, like just say, cleaning out the lint trap in your dryer, or if all your Torontonian sports energy has been devoted to a week of Grey Cup hoopla, here’s what you missed in Raptorland:

1. A one-point loss to the Bobcats on Wednesday. The painful part was the way the refs handed Charlotte the win. The NBA admitted that the officials missed a foul call in the dying seconds that would have given the Raptors a trip to the line. They were careful to add, however, that expecting anyone to watch a Raptors-Bobcats game that closely is asking a lot, so we need to cut the refs some slack.

2. A one-point loss to the Pistons on Friday. Embarrassing because the Pistons are just as bad as the Raptors. Detroit managed to befoul the free-throw line in this one, hitting an ugly 57% from the stripe, but they still managed to win.

3. A double-OT loss to the Spurs today. This is heartbreakingly, mind-achingly, classic Raptors. Nobody expected them to even keep this game close. They manage to take it to overtime, giving fans just a glimmer of hope, before falling back to earth like so many Amir Johnson 3-point attempts. In keeping with the theme of threes, here are three embarrassing things to note about today’s game:

  • On this play, Tim Duncan collected the 2500th block of his career, good for 9th all-time. Yet another example of Toronto playing the role of red carpet to the league’s elite.
  • On this play, Manu Ginobili became an early contender for play-of-the-year, putting the ball through Derozan’s legs before going coast-to-coast for an and-1 layup.
  • Andrea “The Franchise” Bargnani shot a miserable 2-19. Reports from the ACC cleaning staff indicate that the stench of Bargnani’s shooting will take several days to clean.

So what do the next three games hold?

I don’t know. But I’m tired, and the lint trap in my dryer needs cleaning.

Having slept peacefully for hours on the bench, Aaron Gray, seen here moments after being woken up, was put into the game to seal the deal. The strategy worked about as well as you would expect it to.  (Photo: Chris Young, Canadian Press.)

Well, it was exciting.

Until tonight, I’d never been to a game that had gone into triple overtime. I’ve got to hand it to the home team: they gave the crowd the most lively atmosphere since Linsanity. For a moment, it felt like the Raptors were playing for a playoff spot on the final day of the season, when actually they were just playing for the chance to boost their record to 2-5.

But it was exciting. And I learned a lot, too. Here are some things that I learned from tonight’s triple-OT drama:

  1. Jonas Valanciunas is not allowed to play after 9.30pm. Might be a curfew thing (he is young, after all) but I’d like to think it’s more of a Gremlins-type of don’t-feed-him-after-midnight thing.
  2. Having a jump ball at the start of each overtime period meant that the in-game DJ went through his entire repertoire of songs containing the word “Jump”. Van Halen’s getting some sweet royalties.
  3. No disrespect to the Spirit Squad, but after three and a half hours, free t-shirts just don’t excite me anymore.
  4. Aaron Gray is not a legitimate weapon in triple overtime. Putting him in cold with the game on the line is like bringing a wet noodle to a knife fight. Blindfolded.
  5. Losing feels the same, no matter how long it takes to get there. Remember when your parents used to put Cheez Whiz on your brussels sprouts to try to hide the fact that you were eating brussels srpouts? Yeah.

Oh, well. At least I can rest easy knowing that next Sunday is Jonas Valanciunas bobblehead night. And we helped the Jazz hit .500.

You’re welcome, Utah.