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An MLSE employee demonstrates the least painful way for Raptor fans to make it through the remainder of the 2011-2012 season.

Record:   21-39 (5-5 over the past 10)

High point: Winning three games in a row. A legit streak!

Low point: Being officially eliminated from the playoffs. You know it’s going to happen, but it still hurts.

Stuff I’ve Noticed:

–          Alan Anderson gets no respect. Check out his face on the game companion. That’s harsh.

–          I’m surprised by how much I miss Jerryd Bayless.

–          Buy a fresh pair of kicks and scrawl a 10-day contract on a napkin, and you too could be a starter!

Memorable Quote:
“It’s one of those days you don’t want to get out of your pajamas.”
-TV commentator Jack Armstrong sums up a less-than-exciting Sunday match-up between the Wizards and Raptors.

Bargnani returned to the lineup, and resumed his patented defense, known as the "stop pushing yourself" method.

Record:  16-34 (3-7 over the past 10)

High point: Not falling apart in overtime against the Grizzlies.

Low point: Falling apart in the third quarter against the Bobcats.

Stuff I’ve Noticed:

–          Solomon Alabi has probably played more minutes over the past ten games than his entire career before that.

–          I never thought I’d say the words, “Gary Forbes is on fire,” but then I said it. Two games in a row.

–          The only people who should wear camouflage are people who are in the military. And perhaps this man.

Memorable Quote:
“I think we just didn’t execute the way we were supposed to and we got a couple of turnovers in a row.”
-Jose Calderon after a 19-point loss to the Knicks on March 20th.

Note: “Couple” is apparently Spanish for “bagillion”.

WARNING: When benched, DeRozan may take out his frustration by cursing on Twitter, and/or hiding in his own shirt.

Record: 13-27 (4-6 over the past 10)

High point: Holding Golden State to 75 points (having given up 84 in the first half of their last meeting).

Low point: “Fan Appreciation Night”, when the team showed its appreciation by losing to the Bobcats; a team widely considered to be even worse than the Raptors.

Stuff I’ve Noticed:

–          If you pause video at the moment Aaron Gray releases a shot, you can almost see the panic on his face.

–          Magloire picks up fouls at light speed. One time I swear he came off the bench with two fouls already.

–          When he’s upset at the ref, Jose Calderon looks like an Italian guy who’s just had his pizza stolen.

Memorable Quote:
“Straight Bull%#!+”
 – DeMar DeRozan, via Twitter, after being benched for the entire 4th quarter against Houston on Feb. 28th

DeRozan and Davis practise the Raptors new 4th-quarter offense, the innovative "Hide-and-hope-it-all-works-out" strategy.

Record: 9-21 (3-7 over the past 10)

High point: Beating the Celtics.

Low point: Kobe playing a half-assed game (no, wait, make that quarter-assed) and then showing up just in time to hit the winning jumper right in front of the Raptors bench.

Stuff I’ve Noticed:

–          If James Johnson never took a shot from further out than five feet, he might be my favourite player.

–          Somebody must have told DeRozan that he should become a jump shooter. I hate that person.

–          If you cover one eye and squint a little, Linas Kleiza kind of looks like Andrea Bargnani.

Memorable Quote:
“It just goes to show that we can compete with anybody.”
 – DeRozan, after a 6-point loss to Miami. (Note to DeMar: competing-and-losing still counts as losing.)

Toronto coach Dwane Casey, seen here estimating how many games the Raptors will win this season.

Record: 6-14 (2-8 over the past 10)

High point: Bargnani’s return. My goodness, the Raptors missed Bargnani. Winless without him, he came back to score 36 points against Phoenix, giving the Raps their first win against the Suns since about 1943. He helped them win again the next night…then left the game late with an injury. Awesome.

Low point: Jamaal Magloire airballing a free throw with the game on the line.

Stuff I’ve Noticed:

–          Technically, in terms of a player’s value to a team, Bargnani might be the league’s MVP.

–          Without Bargnani, the Raptors’ playbook goes something like this: Calderon dribbles up the court, looks around for a bit, sees zero passing options, pulls up for a jumper.

–          Sometimes Barbosa gets a little carried away.

Memorable Quote:
“Coming from the last three years winning 50 and 60 games a year and a championship, it’s tough.”
 – Coach Casey reflects on what it’s like to move from Dallas to Toronto, Jan. 20

Calderon: Not worried about the Raptors' offence this year.

Record: 4-6

High point: As promised by coach Casey, the Raptors’ defence has improved; the Raps have kept opponents to 92 points per game, compared to 104 at this point last year. Which is great, except …

Low point: …the offence has disappeared. The Raptors’ offence is averaging 87.5 points per game, down from 100 PPG after ten games last season. The worst moment had to be that 62-point stinker against Philadelphia.

Stuff I’ve Noticed:

–          If all our games were against Cleveland, we’d be awesome

–          If all our games ended at halftime, we’d be awesome

–          Gary Forbes should avoid shooting at all costs

Memorable Quote:
“I think we’re going to be a more defensive team. We’ve got a lot of guys who can score points so we’re not really worried about that.”
 – Jose Calderon to The Globe and Mail, Dec. 26