Wednesday November 24 2010 – 10:25pm Eastern – Toronto, ON

Toronto improves to 6 and 9 on the season, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 106-90.  That’s 4 straight W’s for T.O.

THE START

Raptors – shot 65% FG and opened up a 15-point lead (33-18) after one
Sixers – coughed up 10 points on 5 turnovers and dug a big early hole

AT THE HALF

Raptors – Reggie Evans set a new franchise record for rebounds in a half with 15;  TOR up 19 (62-43)
Sixers -no player on Philly had more than 8 points (Jrue Holiday) in the 1st half;  trailed by as many as 21

AFTER 3

Raptors – gave up 8 points on 7 turnovers but only saw 3 PTS shaved off their 19-point halftime lead
Sixers – shot 50% FG … led by the 8 points (in the QRT) from both Thaddeus Young and Holiday

THE FINAL FRAME

Raptors – shot just 8/23 FG but embodied the ultimate ‘bend but don’t break’ mentality … winning by 16 still
Sixers – started 4/4 FG but finished 2/11 FG after that;  never got the deficit down to single digits

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ALSO OF NOTE

Bargnani led all scorers with 24

Evans set a new personal high with 22 rebounds (franchise high is Donyell Marshall – 24)

Evans did set a new franchise high for rebounds in one half – with 15 in the 1st

Jerryd Bayless scored 13 points (adding 2 assists and 2 rebounds) in his Raptors debut (14:55 min)

Philly is now 0-4 when giving up 30 or more in the 1st QRT

Elton Brand (1-game suspension) did not play

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Post game edition of The Rap, including a post-game interview with Raptors guard Jerryd Bayless:

Bayless:
[audio:http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand/jerrydbayless-es-20101124.mp3]

The Rap:
[audio:http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand/therap-ericsmith-20101125.mp3]

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The Raptors will head to Boston … getting set to play the Celtics on Friday night at 730pm Eastern at the ACC.  Paul Jones and I will be on the Fan 590 at 700pm with the pre-game show and just after 730pm tip off.

Have a good one

E. Smith

10 Responses to “Raps Win Streak Hits 4”
  1. 1.

    Good game. Plenty of hustle and effort. You sum it up perfectly when you say “bend but don’t break.” It’s nice to see the Raps gut out a few wins.

    I am officially voting Peja’s hair as the Best Hair Ever to come through the organization.

    Folks, the shirt is now 2-0.

    It will not be washed until the streak is done.

    Hopefully the Raps can be competitive in Boston and give themselves a chance to win late. They certainly deserve it.

    LET”S GO RAPTORS!!!!

    - T.J.
  2. 2.

    Taking nothing away from Reggie Evans accomplishment, those 22 rebounds came against the woeful Sixers without Elton Brand and on a night when they appeared to believe that that he carried the plague and was ready to share.

    Reggie had to fight with more Raptors than Sixers and most (Calderone specifically)recognized his mounting rebound numbers and would just pull their hands back if Reggie was in the area code.

    Not a Sixer in sight most often.

    Still, gaudy rebound numbers in the 20′s are reserved for the elite (Dwight Howard comes to mind) so you have to give him props.

    Effort like that will make him a favourite on a team with no stars.

    And Calderone looks reenergized with Bayless behind him.

    It will be a nice test to see if they can somehow beat the Celts twice in a week.

    - Gary
  3. 3.

    Raptors were heading for the cliff , but instead they won 4 in a row and put themselves in a nice position .
    Credit goes to Triano and coaches too.

    Like how Raps are using bench and different lineups.Players are competing for PT.

    A realistic goal for Raps is a playoff spot and maybe 40 wins, don’t you think

    - Chas
  4. 4.

    Thanks Eric for posting the Rap.

    - Nick
  5. 5.

    Glad that The Rap is back! I’ve missed it…

    - Jon
  6. 6.

    Isn’t it ironic that Brento never comments about positive things about the Raptors?

    - Mike
  7. 7.

    Funny, Mike :)

    Truth is, I’m from the show-me state — it takes a lot more than a few wins in a row to convince me a team is a contender.

    Is the team playing well? Yes. Undeniably. Is Bargnani finally starting to put a string of good games and efforts together? Yes. Undeniably.

    But, for those of us who have been around since the day Mighty Mouse was drafted, this is but a mere blip in a franchise history chock full of disappointments and futility.

    It is clear that there are three or four (and, maybe five) teams capable of making the Eastern Conference finals. After that, there are a pile of bad to mediocre teams, who will likely all head into the entry draft hoping they find the player that will lead them to a championship.

    The Raptors, clearly, are one of these teams. And, until the team finds a way to find legitimate stars — and, then surround them by a credible supporting cast — the lower they finish in the standings, the better.

    As a season seat holder, I am so tired of watching this team finish in the #17 through #23 spots, year after year after year. As I said before game number one, if they don’t have a chance to make the conference finals (and they don’t), they might as well grab a superstar in the making next spring.

    - brento.
  8. 8.

    Again Brento, nothing positive. I’ll bet you think have the worst job in the world too.

    I think everyone here is beginning to wonder what your angle is and why you continue to renew your season seats.

    Just because you like every rich Leaf fan, doesn’t mean you can’t find something positive to say.

    Have some fun buddy. It’s all good right now.

    LET’S GO RAPTORS!!!

    - T.J.
  9. 9.

    TJ…I’m like every “rich Leaf fan”. I have seats in the 2nd row of the upper level and they cost me exactly $58 per pair for each game. Thankfully, the price on the actual ticket is considerably higher than the season seat price — so, when I sell my tix (and, I usually sell 30-35 pairs per year), I can actually sell them for “cost” and make a profit. The profits pay for the handful of games I go to and, after the tax writeoff, the year costs me nothing.

    But, as I said, it’s been a real long haul cheering this team on. For some reason, I find the Jays so much easier to cheer for — even when they’re losing. Perhaps that’s because I’m a baseball guy at heart. But, when the Raps had their ascent, with Carter, Oak, Boogie and Davis, the franchise seemed to be on the verge of something big.

    As we all know, it led nowhere. And, outside of a couple more first round losses, the team has accomplished zippo.

    I sometimes feel as though I’m in the minority when it comes to cheering on this team. Why is it that other NBA team fans expect way more than Raps fans? Why is it everyone is so content to make the playoffs and lose while other team’s fans would be freaking out after a first round loss?

    I just don’t get it. It’s almost as if fans are afraid for their team to succeed? Is there such a losing culture in Toronto that we find more comfort in the proverbial “lovable losers” (a la the Cubbies) than we do a serious championship contender.

    I sometimes feel there isn’t a single Raptors fan who was in those two Jays parades in 92 and 93. If so, none of them would be content with the garbage MLSE has been feeding us over the past 15 years.

    - brento.
  10. 10.

    WOOPS!!!!!

    TJ…I’m NOT like every “rich Leaf fan”. I have seats in the 2nd row of the upper level and they cost me exactly $58 PER PAIR for each game. Thankfully, the price on the actual ticket is considerably higher than the season seat price — so, when I sell my tix (and, I usually sell 30-35 pairs per year), I can actually sell them for “cost” and make a profit. The profits pay for the handful of games I go to and, after the tax writeoff, the year costs me nothing.
    But, as I said, it’s been a real long haul cheering this team on. For some reason, I find the Jays so much easier to cheer for — even when they’re losing. Perhaps that’s because I’m a baseball guy at heart. But, when the Raps had their ascent, with Carter, Oak, Boogie and Davis, the franchise seemed to be on the verge of something big.
    As we all know, it led nowhere. And, outside of a couple more first round losses, the team has accomplished zippo.
    I sometimes feel as though I’m in the minority when it comes to cheering on this team. Why is it that other NBA team fans expect way more than Raps fans? Why is it everyone is so content to make the playoffs and lose while other team’s fans would be freaking out after a first round loss?
    I just don’t get it. It’s almost as if fans are afraid for their team to succeed? Is there such a losing culture in Toronto that we find more comfort in the proverbial “lovable losers” (a la the Cubbies) than we do a serious championship contender.
    I sometimes feel there isn’t a single Raptors fan who was in those two Jays parades in 92 and 93. If so, none of them would be content with the garbage MLSE has been feeding us over the past 15 years.

    - brento.
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