Posts Tagged ‘Warriors’

Needless to say, Amir Johnson left the game after this incident against Golden State on January 28th. He was later seen in the locker room, compulsively washing his face with industrial-strength soap. (Photo: thestar.com)

Record:  18-32  (4-6 over the past 10)

Low point: Saying goodbye to Jose Calderon.

High point: Saying hello to Rudy Gay, as he comes off the bench with 20 points in a 98-73 rout of the Clippers.

Stuff I’ve Noticed:

  • Having John Lucas as your backup point guard is like having a cardboard box as your backup airbag.
  • I’m not sure if Mickael Pietrus used to play for the Raptors, or if I dreamed it.
  • There should be some kind of “handicap” when teams like the Raptors play against top-level teams. Like maybe we get to pick one of their players, and that player has to wear oven mitts for the whole game.
Memorable Quote:
“I’m tired of this. I’m tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of the game. I know the league’s going to come down on me but I don’t care.”
-Dwayne Casey’s $25 000 comment after losing to the Hawks on January 30th.
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If Aaron Gray leads your team in points, it’s probably a safe assumption that you’re not going to win the game.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I was happy for good old “50 Shades” tonight; it was great to see him pull down 10 boards and grab a couple of steals to go along with his 22 points. But in the final minutes of the game, as another Raptors loss was winding down, Gray lost himself a bit.

Golden State’s Harrison Barnes, who’s been on a bit of a dunking spree lately, took an open lane for a monstrous dunk. Gray, with insane visions of somehow blocking Barnes, ran right into his path, like a clueless fat kid running into traffic to catch the ice cream truck. The whole thing happened in slow motion, and I was sure that one or both players would be leaving on a stretcher. Take a look:


Thankfully, all that was hurt was Gray’s pride, and instead of ending up in an emergency room, Harrison Barnes got himself on the highlight reel at the Raptors’ expense.

You’re welcome, Harrison.

Last night’s 138-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors was so dismal, I’ve decided not to post video highlights. The children would be scared. Here’s all you need to know about the game:

1. The Raptors gave up a franchise-record 84 points in the first half. Eighty-four points.

2. When coach Jay Triano asked Julian Wright to go into the game in the third quarter, Wright refused. And can you really blame him? What would you say if you were at Waterloo and Napoleon said, “hey, wanna join in?”

3. Andrea Bargnani continued to set the defensive standard for the team, hauling in a total of zero rebounds.

 

Andrea Bargnani tries to get a rebound by...not reaching for it. Photo from thestar.com.

Note to Andrea Bargnani: You are seven feet tall. You should probably have collected more than the zero rebounds you picked up in yesterday’s game. In order to grab a rebound, it is necessary to reach for the ball. In the photo above, I can see that you’re trying to use the force in order to will the ball out of Al Thornton’s hands. This is an interesting approach, but I would recommend putting the Jedi technique aside for a couple games, in favour of the good ol’ fashioned “jump and grab the damn thing” method, which has proven itself over the ages.