Tuesday November 10 2009 – 2:25pm Eastern – Toronto, ON 

There’s no disguising the fact that last night’s loss in San Antonio was ugly. Shooting 59% as a team … but losing … is inexcusable. Offensive rebounding and second chance points hammered the Raptors.But as Toronto sits at 3-4 now … getting set to host the Bulls tomorrow … I caught up with 4-time All Star and franchise leader, Chris Bosh, about the back to back defeats against the Mavericks and Spurs.

“I forget about every loss,” he said. “Anytime we lose a basketball game, I might be mad at the moment, but I leave it where it is and move on. That’s all you can really do. I don’t really dwell too much on the losses. You can learn from them but as far as emotion and feeling ‘that feeling’ … I just let it go. I just focus on winning (the next) basketball game. You can’t get too caught up in the losing ’cause you’ll lose more.”

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS

Jonesy and I were chatting last week about the recent game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Detroit Pistons … featuring 6 players from UCONN (Thabeet, Williams, Gay, Gordon, Hamilton, Villanueva). Well, I did some digging and found this interesting stat …

Based on the opening night rosters, here are the league leaders in collegiate representation:

Duke – 14 NBA players
UCLA – 14 NBA players
North Carolina – 13 NBA players
UCONN – 13 NBA players
Arizona – 10 NBA players

That’s nearly 15% of the league coming from only 5 schools. Impressive.

HISTORIC DAY YESTERDAY

No, I’m not talking about Manu Ginobili’s record-setting 36 points against the Raptors (the most for a Toronto opponent – off the bench – in franchise history) …

November 9TH marked the 5-year anniversary of Gary Payton recording his 20,000TH career point (against Portland), making him the ONLY player in NBA history to record 20,000 points, 8,000 assists, and 2,000 steals.

BULLISH STAT

This might get ya primed for tomorrow’s tilt against the Chicago Bulls at the ACC …

Through 6 games, Chicago’s Joakim Noah has grabbed 10 or more boards 5 times, and he has posted 3 double-doubles. He’s averaging 11.3 points and 11.0 rebounds.

BIG BOSH MAN

We started with Chris Bosh so let’s end with Chris Bosh …

CB4 has recorded 14 consecutive games of at least 20 points or more dating back to last season. That is the longest active streak in the NBA.

E. Smith

8 Responses to “CB, TD, GP, and Duke”
  1. 1.

    The Raps have played some pretty good teams to get the season started, even though some of them were shorthanded.

    Chicago is one of the “tier 2″ teams that Toronto is supposed to battling for that 4-7 playoff seeding.

    This should be a better yardstick to see how we stack up. Another loss and there will be sprained ankles everywhere from “fans” off- loading the bandwagon :-)

    - Gary
  2. 2.

    Wow…it’s pretty quiet around here these days, huh?

    Where is everyone?

    But, while I’m here — Chris Bosh’s quote above is a perfect microcosm of what is absolutely wrong with this team…and it all starts with him.

    No emotion. This team hits the floor, walks off the floor, and shows practically zero emotion. They don’t seem to care if they win, and don’t care if they lose.

    It is very troubling hearing an ALLSTAR calibre player say he doesn’t get emotionally affected by losses.

    Sadly, he certainly seemed jacked up emotionally in those stupid videos he produced.

    Sums everything up quite easily.

    Adios, Mr. YouTube. Good luck wherever you land…

    - brento
  3. 3.

    One more thing, Bosh…you might want to try convincing MJ to hit 18 with you during the offseason.

    Ask him what he “felt” after a loss…

    See if feeling absolutely ANGRY after a loss caused him to “lose more” or do everything in his power to ensure he wins his next game — because there was NO chance he was going to lose two in a row.

    - brento
  4. 4.

    Bosh is the least of our worries. At least he shows some heart out there, and gives it his all, he gets to the line like crazy

    This team has had terrible point guard play, with the expection of maybe one game. Its a miricle we have won 3 of 7.

    The PG play has to improve or we will go NOWHERE and be in the same spot as last year.

    - carts
  5. 5.

    Jose Calderon.

    Main reason why the Raptors lost because he can’t DEFEND! I don’t get why Jay leaves him there when he has Marco.B and J.Jack who can DEFEND and won’t depend on others for help!

    Let the trade rumors begin:

    Jose Calderon for Kirt Hinrich

    And BTW where is Jose Hater?

    - Raps Fan
  6. 6.

    Hey Eric,

    Any chance of getting Bill Simmons on Hoops or the Gameplan to talk all things NBA? I know not everyone likes the guy but he is one of the best when it comes to knowing the NBA and I know he’s been out there promoting his new Basketball book that is #1 on the NY Times Best Seller List.

    - Dan
  7. 7.

    Jose hater here. your comments are echoed above

    He is awful, even when he plays well ofensively he goes away from what is working

    - jose hater
  8. 8.

    Believe me, guys…I was not suggesting Chris Bosh was the oncourt problem with the Raps. But, his attitude – at least, the one he shows to the media and fans – absolutely STINKS!

    He appears disinterested, unmotivated and unappreciative of fan support. His remarks today about rebounding reflect all that is wrong with him as a player. He could a lot from watching Garnett or Duncan…two studs who took losses personally, and used every opportunity to improve their games.

    Bosh refuses to discuss rebounding because he is not a leader. And, as such, he should not be paid as one.

    - brento
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