Strap yourselves in because it’s gonna be a long, long season. That, or start cheering for the Celtics or Lakers. The Raptors, fresh off getting swept in a four-game West Coast swing, came back home and dropped an ugly 109-102 decision to the Warriors last night, knocking them to 1-6 on the year.
I was blessed enough to take this travesty in live and witnessed Toronto run to an early 8-0 lead, forcing a Golden State timeout that pretty much served as the turning point. The Warriors grabbed a seven-point lead through a quarter, led by 14 at the half and close to 20 most of the third before a late Toronto run made it slightly competitive. A Sonny Weems dunk cut it to 90-86 with a little over seven minutes remaining, but a flurry of drives and jumpers from Stephen Curry was enough to put it away. Curry had 34 points, leading a Golden State attack that shot 53 percent against the Raps’ trademark brutal defense. Monta Ellis added 26 and David Lee had 14 and 12 boards.
Toronto’s offense was as bad as its D much of the night, particularly in a 41-point first half. Andrea Bargnani was his usual self, grabbing a mere rebound in 21 minutes before spending much of the second half on the bench. Jarrett Jack led the team with 24 points and eight assists, picking up a bit of the slack from Jose Calderon, who opted to take one of his patented nights off and finished scoreless with an assist in 10 minutes. Linas Kleiza had 20 points and seven rebounds and Weems and Amir Johnson each had 12 off the bench.
If last week’s tour of the Western Conference wasn’t evidence enough, road wins aren’t all that easy to come up with for teams like the Raptors. That’s why we have games like this, with Golden State on an East trip of its own and on the second night of a back-to-back, to even it all out. That’s why you don’t lose these ones. But that’s also why I’m pretty sure this season is gonna turn out even worse than everyone imagined.
Toronto, now with one win in seven games this season, is home for Charlotte tomorrow before heading to Florida for dates with Orlando and Miami.