I can’t even explain how much I dread these West Coast road swings. An early 15-2 Utah run last night was enough to push me to Modern Family and the Rajon Rondo show, neither of which disappointed, as the Raptors went and did their thing in a 125-108 loss to the Jazz.
Toronto trailed by 19 after a quarter, and from what I understand, made this one a bit of a game before collapsing in the fourth quarter for the 113th time in four games this season. Utah ended up getting huge games from Deron Williams (22 points, 14 assists) and big men Al Jefferson (27 points, six boards) and Paul Millsap (21 points, six boards, five assists) and generally ran wild on a Raptors defense that appears no stronger than the casts of misfits put together every other year of the franchise’s existence.
Andrea Bargnani doubled his season rebounding total with nine in the game and chipped in a team-high 26 points, and Sonny Weems came off the bench to score 23 in the loss. DeMar DeRozan had 16 and Jarrett Jack 14, but the Raps got little from the other two spots in the starting five, as Linas Kleiza had a season-low four and Reggie Evans digested only six rebounds in 33 minutes.
A loss is a loss, but on the road to one of the league’s best teams is something I can live with. I’ll deal with the almost-certain results that are coming up in Los Angeles and Portland, too, before the Raptors are back in Toronto for Golden State on Monday.