Sunday January 3 2010 – 9:01pm Eastern – Toronto, ON

Spurs @ Raptors

Final Score:
91-86, Raptors (Toronto now 17-18)

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
22 points
15 rebounds
3 assists
2 blocks
“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
16 points
8 assists
3 rebounds
4/8 FG
8/8 FT

Shout-out to the Spurs:

23 points
6 assists
3 rebounds
9/11 FG

Stats that stood out:
- Points in the Paint: 46-34, Toronto
- 2nd Chance Points: 14-5, San Antonio
- Fast Break Points: 22-9, Toronto
- Toronto is now 14-4 when carrying a lead into the 4TH QRT
- Toronto is now 13-0 when holding their opponent under 100 points for the game
- Toronto is now 12-3 when holding their opponent under 45% from the field

Thumbs Up:
- Bosh passed Vince Carter in this game to become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

Thumbs Down:
- Toronto had 7 turnovers in the 4 quarter (after coughing up only 6 in the opening 3 quarters)

Smith Says:
- “The Raptors weren’t happy with their effort and intensity on Saturday night in Boston.  They made up for that slippage in this game.  Now … can the Raps bottle that for Orlando as well and the rest of the season?”

Jones Says:
- “With respect to ‘effort’ … that’s more like it.  Other than one jump-shot late in the game, Jarrett Jack set the tone by driving the ball to the goal.”

Keep the 3-ball Streak Alive (895 games and counting):
- The Raptors were 1 of 8 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Raptors @ Magic – Wednesday January 6 2010 – 7:00pm Eastern
- Tune in just after 7:00pm for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

10 Responses to “Solid Effort Earns T.O. The Win”
  1. 1.

    wow I am shocked!

    very shocked that you can beat the Spurs when healthy but, not when they are injured :P

    I’ll take the win though

    - Raps Fan
  2. 2.

    Didn’t get to watch the game…but, it looks as though it was a nailbiter. Glad to see the Raps could win a close game against an excellent defensive team.

    - brento.
  3. 3.

    A great game by Bosh, Jack and Wright. Also Bargnani’s fantastic defense on Duncan

    - Don C
  4. 4.

    The Raptors turned what could have been the start of another losing streak and pulled out an improbable win.

    My thinking is that Turk’s knee probably made the decision to sit him over a cold, easier.

    If Bargnani could ever start to care about his rebounding and f/t stats (indicating he is willing to take fouls), this could still really be a team. You have to be truly impressed with how far Bosh has come in the rebounding game over just a year ago.

    It’s vitally important to grab the 4-5 spot in the east and avoid the big 3 imo.

    The Raps have Orlando, Boston again in a Sunday afternoon tilt and a chance for vindication, Cleveland and the Lakers amongst a host of “winnable” games this month. It would be sweet to hang one in VC for once in Orlando on Wed.

    - Gary
  5. 5.

    Raps Fan – last year the Rockets embarrassed the Lakers TWICE sans T-Mac and Yao. Anything is possible.

    - Sid
  6. 6.

    God bless Canada. You know, Canada…
    with the background/attitudes and educational level commensurate with these quotes, the pseudo gansta players of the NBA are in for a lot of trouble, following in the steps of their NFL brethren. Read the full article on the fan hp.

    NBA players defend right to own guns, some calling it necessary for protection of families

    The commissioner could hand Gilbert Arenas a severe punishment whenever he decides to take action, but it seems clear Stern can’t convince NBA players not to carry firearms.

    “We’re grown men. We protect our families. We protect our homes,” said Knicks guard Larry Hughes, who isn’t licensed to own a gun. “Whatever the case may be, whoever is bearing arms, I hope everything is done, you know, legally, but you have that right.”

    New Jersey Nets guard Devin Harris told reporters he believed as many as 75 per cent of the league’s players own guns.

    “As a society, I think a lot of people have protection within their home. But I don’t think it’s just an NBA thing. It’s just a lot of regular people have protection in their home.

    “Obviously it’s not a problem if you have a licence to carry a weapon. I think that’s the ultimate key. If you have a licence, can’t nobody dispute the reason why you have a gun.”

    Jackson said he stopped carrying a gun after the trouble it caused. Former teammate Al Harrington, who keeps guns at his home but said they aren’t loaded, suspects there are some players who still go out with them, but added they should travel with security instead.

    Still, Stern could hand out multiple punishments for carrying guns. Besides the Arenas situation, the league is also monitoring the case involving Cleveland’s Delonte West, who was arrested in Maryland after officers pulled him over for speeding on a motorcycle while carrying two loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun in a guitar case.

    But Ford says, “You can’t tell somebody how to protect their family.”

    “It’s not an athlete thing, it’s just a family thing,” he added. “There’s a lot of people that have weapons. I don’t think they should be making it like it’s just athletes that have weapons.”

    - Gary
  7. 7.

    Efforts like that are all we as fans as for. Time for revenge on the Magic an Celtics.

    - Big Dre from Sauga
  8. 8.

    @Brento…good points on the previous thread….
    Hopefully this is the start of some consistency but I ain’t holding my breath.

    - Dennis
  9. 9.


    Don’t compare the Rockets with the Raptors

    A) Rick Adamen is a proven coach who demands it from his players

    B) Shane Battier, Luis Scola, Chuck Hayes are guys who can do the dirty work but, importantly defend!

    C) They BRING INTENSITY TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey, the win was great but, it won’t make this team go anywhere close to the second round of the playoffs! Either get a very good defender (not likely) Or get a upgrade SG that will talk off pressure of Bosh and they are reliable shooter

    *To bad Anthony Parker is not with the Raps :(

    - Raps Fan
  10. 10.

    Raps Fan!

    You made perfect sense – great post – until that last line…you just had to add that, didn’t you?

    Anthony Parker couldn’t have done a single thing to help this team. Seemed like a nice enough guy, but nothing more than a serviceable bench player.

    Like about 98% of the players the Raptors have employed throughout their existence.

    - brento.
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