So much for revenge, or at least letting the Atlanta Hawks know we’re not the biggest pushovers in the NBA. Nine days after getting pounded 146-115 in Atlanta, the Raps were back at in on their home court against the Hawks last night, this time falling to the tune of 111-89. Yeah, so much for that tidy little three-game win streak we were all excited about.
Sure, the Hawks are a good team, but this is the type of game you have to take on your home court. The Raptors did it against the LeBrons in the opener, but haven’t looked like much of a contender in games against Orlando, Phoenix and now the Hawks. Oh well, I guess it’s because they’re not a contender. Looks like we have a .500 team at best on our hands, and maybe I can only blame myself for expecting more.
Chris Bosh outdid his two-point effort from the last meeting with Atlanta, but his 14 points and 10 boards were way below what we’ve come to expect and what we need to win. Jose Calderon came off the bench after missing two games with a hip flexor, then left at halftime after re-aggravating it (seems familiar, hey?). All in all, a shitty night.
Andrea Bargnani returned after missing Wednesday’s game with an ankle injury and led the Raps with 17 points, chipping in a career-best three boards to boot. Hedo Turkoglu had a nice all-around line (12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists) but didn’t really do anything to give us a shot at winning. Thanks for hitting that one big shot in Washington though, Hedo.
Now losers of two straight, Toronto is home to face a surprisingly solid Houston team sans T-Mac and Mr. Ming on Sunday.