Posted by: Jeremy | February 23, 2011

Raptors get back in the business of getting crushed


Wallace scored 20 in another Charlotte romp over the Raptors

Maybe one day an NBA superstar will demand a trade and say he’ll only play in Toronto. We sure need it right now, because the Raptors really, really suck these days. The second half of the season started just how the first ended, with Toronto handed a 114-101 pounding at the hands of the Mighty Bobcats of Charlotte.

It was another uninspired all-around effort on the road for the Raptors, who coughed up 61 points to Charlotte in the first half — the most the Bobcats have scored in the opening 24 minutes this season — and trailed by 17 heading into the locker room. That was about the time I abondoned the project for some court surfing courtesy of The Score, so don’t ask me exactly how things went on from that point forward.

Here’s something I did witness, though: Plenty more brutal play from the darling of the Jarrett Jack trade, Jerryd Bayless. Is there a point guard in the NBA less deserving of the minutes he gets? Bayless coughed up the ball four times in what seemed like his first four possessions of the game, and though the stat line tells me he finished with 11 points and 10 assists, he managed to do it by missing each of his four field goal attempts, making it three straight games and four of five without a make. Bryan Colangelo better think about locking up Jose Calderon on another five-year deal before making Bayless the team’s point guard of the future.

Toronto’s game-high came from Sonny Weems, who scored 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting and added four boards. Andrea Bargnani had 18 and eight, DeMar DeRozan had 14 and Jose Calderon had six points and 11 assists. D.J. Augustin led five Charlotte scorers in double digits with 23 and Gerald Wallace had 20.

The Raptors won’t have much time to recover, with Derrick Rose and the Bulls at the ACC for a game Wednesday. It’s the opener of a four-game homestand, though none of the bunch look too winnable at the moment — after the Bulls, Phoenix is in Friday, Dallas on Saturday and sharp-shooting zero-to-hero Marco Belinelli and New Orleans on Tuesday.

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