Wednesday February 11 2009 - 10:20pm Eastern (Toronto)

Spurs @ Raptors

Final Score:
91-89, Raptors

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
21 points
4 rebounds
9/16 FG

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
22 points
3 assists
2 rebounds
9/13 FG

Shout-out to the Spurs:
32 points
7 rebounds
4 assists 
3 steals
12/23 FG (including 4/7 3PT FG)

Stats that stood out:
- Ukic and Andrea Bargnani both with 9 points in the 4th quarter
- Ukic with a career-high 22 points
- Fast break points:  22-7 San Antonio
- Points in the Paint:  52-32 San Antonio
- Tim Duncan:  20 points (8/18 FG), 13 rebounds, 7 assists

Thumbs Up:
- A HUGE win over a big-time opponent.  The Raptors needed to steal one – against a quality team – after dropping the game to Memphis a few nights ago.  Considering Toronto was undermanned (with Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon out), this was a monster win for the Raps

Thumbs Down:
- Though he was fantastic against Duncan in the 4TH quarter, and I really struggle to criticize the guy because of his solid “D” … his offence was off tonight and he looked sluggish at times (body language wasn’t great in the 1st half – but maybe he was frustrated with how he was playing).

Smith says:
“I didn’t see this one coming.  Beating San Antonio without Calderon, Bosh, and Graham (who went down with a leg injury after only 9 minutes played)?  This was a TEAM win – highlighted by a fantastic breakout performance from Ukic.”

Jones says:
“Even though O’Neal had an off night on the offensive end, his ability to guard Duncan 1 on 1 – and not force Toronto to trap and rotate – was key in keeping San Antonio’s supporting case in check.”

“V-Tech” 3-In-To-Win Give-Away:
The Raptors were 6 of 15 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Cavs @ Raptors
– Wednesday February 18 2009 
- Tune in just after 7:00pm Eastern for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

E. Smith

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21 Responses to “Raps Win A Thriller”
  1. 1.

    Ukic is like greased lightning.

    The times they beat Boston Bosh was also out. I guess they need guys who work and not just take jumpshots.

    Kapono belongs on a fully developed team. Bosh belongs wherever we can get something good for him. Forget the play-offs Bosh will just be dead space like the last two years. Build for the future.

    - Miles
  2. 2.

    What is the NBA ruling when no one is left on the bench when eligible players are reduced to fewer than five either by ejection for technicals, flagrant 2 or simple foul out.

    - Avrom
  3. 3.

    25 Million for Bosh

    What a joke!!!

    I would rather spend it on the half time acts so at least we are entertained while Bosh plays marshmallow basketball.

    I Bosh had his license taken away? He forgot how to drive.

    - Miles
  4. 4.


    He can even be better if he has Darik Martain to teach him even Steve Nash!

    - Raps Fan
  5. 5.

    What a win and short handed as well. The last two minutes illustrated perfectly why I have strayed to the dark side and become more of a basketball fan than hockey.

    Exciting, edge of your seat, down to the last second WIN.

    -Off to sleep well……

    - Gary
  6. 6.

    I don’t know if anyone else noticed this, but this game was eerily similar to another game many years back, the infamous game where Vince Carter was first injured in the 2001-2002 season.

    Both games were the last game for the Raptors before the All-Star break.

    Both games were unexpected wins against the Spurs, considered to be one of the best teams in the league.

    Both games featured a player for the Raptors suffering a leg injury and having to miss the rest of the game (Vince then, Joey now, whose number 14 is 1 away from Vince Carter’s 15).

    Both games were incredibly close – the 2002 game went to overtime, and the 2009 game was decided by 1 pt in the dying seconds.

    I could go on, but you get the picture – an extreme sense of deja vu. Hopefully the Raptors can rally like the 2002 team did and squeak into the playoffs.

    Oh, and that year the first 2 teams the Raptors played after the All-Star Break? Cleveland, the New York. Interesting coincidence…

    - Paul
  7. 7.

    LOKO ROKO!!!

    Fantastic game, great energy and determination on the court, electric atmosphere

    SOLID, much needed W for the Raps

    - Andrea
  8. 8.

    Very nice win tonight against an opponent that I believed we had no chance against! Perhaps the biggest dissapoitment this season has been the play of Jason Kapono…we really needed some consistency from him (and Parker as well) in order to have this team play the way Colangelo envisioned it when he made the trade for JO. Hopefully, after a couple of good games and a win in the three point shoot out on Saturday, Kapono can come back with confidence and consistency. We’ll see what happens.

    - Mr. T
  9. 9.

    Fantastic game, great win for the Raptors. I won’t argue on that. Though I’m sad because I’m Manu fan, despite of all his effort he wasn’t on the winning side.

    But that guys Roko was sensantion. Most certainly one for the future of Raptors, alongside Nathan Jawai.

    I used the follow the Raps closely last season when Carlos Delfino was on the roster.

    - john
  10. 10.

    Enough with the Bosh bashing. The guy has worked his butt off and done wonders for this team. Some fans are so ungrateful. I do not blame him if he chooses to leave.

    - steve
  11. 11.

    its funny how entertaining this team is with out Bosh in the line up! I would not sign him to a max deal!

    - sdsa
  12. 12.

    Wow, never thought I’d see the day when the name Joey Graham would be with the likes of CB 4 and Jose Calderon in terms of key losses.

    Its a big win, but don’t be clouded by the fact that this team still needs some revamping.

    - Steve Clark
  13. 13.

    Big-time win .. Kapono and Ukic were great .
    Triano just out-coached Pop .

    Raps are starting to play more like we expected before the season started .

    The 2 wins just before the break could jump start the playoff run .
    The remaining schedule has a lot of winnable games .
    18-9 record down the stretch looks possible .
    That might get a playoff spot .

    - Chas Calz
  14. 14.

    Hopefully jose was watching was roko was doing.

    break down your man off the dribble


    - jose hater
  15. 15.

    I just cant understand why people keep killin Bosh. Look it was a nice victory, however Raptors still need a swing man. If they bring a quality swing man and he still plays bad then look to trade him. Lets give a chance with some proper talent.

    - Kelsey aka Mos High
  16. 16.

    Eric it’s really funny how you media guys have relagated Jermain O Neal to this player, that if he plays one side of the ball(defense) and scores nothing, then he still had a good night, by the fans standard and with a 22million dollar contract, Jermain should be held accountable for his performance on both sides of the ball especially when you do not have your main player. Im willing to bet that had the result been different last in terms of whether they won or lost, then there would be no talk of Jermains defensive performance, especially when he missed a critical free throw that would have iced the game, in the dying seconds against the fouth best team in the league.

    I think it’s time for you and Jonsey to stop riding this thing about Jermain being a seven time allstar because that fact does not seem anymore. it didn’t matter to the pacers when they moved him(if it did they would have gotten alot more for him) and it certainly doesn’t matter to the refs. (henase the reason Jermain is always arguing calls)

    Question, how many GM’s in in non traditional markets press their team up against the cap with unmovable contracts (ie,JFJ)
    are 13 games below .500 and out of a playoff spot, deserve to keep their Job especially when the team will likely finish worst then a team with a lower payroll from the previous season.

    Your comments please.

    - Thomas
  17. 17.

    trade Calderone , keep roko

    - dave
  18. 18.

    Mos high,
    Thanks for makin some sense on this blog of complete insanity, Trading Bosh, for Who Rafael Araujo???? and then Jose can be traded and we’ll being back Chris Childs!! One player doesn’t made a team!! 12 players make a team and one person is needed to lead them!

    - Lanny from Whitby
  19. 19.

    People in Toronto that are calling for Bosh to be traded really need to give their head a shake.

    Personally, I don’t think Chris Bosh is any better or any worse than Paul Pierce in Boston.

    What’s the difference between the two? Pierce plays with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

    It’s high time that Brian Colangelo finally stepped up and started to put together a winning team, instead of just having Chris Bosh, Jose Calderone and a bunch of guys.

    And hey, I love Jose Calderone, but if you can get Steve Nash to Toronto, you do it.

    You surround Bosh with two more all-star players (like they did for Wade in Miami and Pierce in Boston) and you’ll see this team play a different tune.

    Colangelo needs to step up NOW and start living up to this reputation of his.

    - Angelo
  20. 20.


    These blogs need an automated spell-check. Reading these entries is brutal!

    - Mike
  21. 21.

    ESPN reporting that the deal is done; JO and Moon for Marion and another spare part.

    We’ll never know what JO could have done here healthy but he will prosper in Miami imo while we will suddenly remember that CB is undersized (weight wise) and Bargs doesn’t like the banging…

    Upgraded one place and weakened in another, hope it works out for both teams.

    - Gary
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