Raptors Offer Little Resistance In Road Loss To Bobcats
Jay Satur November 25, 2009
Time Warner Cable Arena
The Raptors needed a strong start to the third quarter to climb back into Wedneday's game and with a pair of baskets inside from DeMar DeRozan, they appeared to be on the right track. But after a few missed jumpers and turnovers, the Raptors found themselves behind 66-59.
Things unravelled from there, as the Bobcats opened up a 17-3 run spearheaded by Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, who relentlessly attacked the rim in transition. After that run the Raptors didn't seem to have the energy to mount a serious challenge the rest of the way.
Gerald Wallace had yet another strong performance against Toronto. Last season, the athletic forward posted averages of 21points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and nearly two steals per game against Toronto.
On Wednesday, The Raptors had absolutely no answer for Wallace, who's energy alone earned him several easy points off of putbacks, in transition and in the Bobcats' halfcourt offence he frequently benefitted from getting open when the defence collapsed on Stephen Jackson. Wallace finished with a huge double-double with 31 points, 13 rebounds, three rebounds, two steals, two blocks and just one turnover.
Amir Johnson continues to carve out a vital role as an energizer of the bench at both ends of the floor for the Raptors.
Ten of his 13 points were scored by about 3:30 into the second quarter and it was solely on the strength of running the floor, coming up with 50/50 balls and crashing the boards. Five of his eight rebounds on the evening were on the offensive glass to go along with three blocks.
After a night where just about everything was going right for the Raptors, things came full cirle at Time Warner Cable Arena, as there were some glaring numbers favouring Charlotte.
The Raptors turned the ball over 18 times on Wednesday and the Bobcats scored 29 points off those turnovers. That contributed to a 41-11 advantage for Charlotte on fast break points and a whopping 74-44 advantage on points in the paint. At the other end, Toronto never seemed to be able to settle into any kind of rhythm on offence shooting just 34.5% from the field.
"This is not a great matchup for us. This is a team [Charlotte] that drives the ball and takes the ball to the basket. But honestly, I can't say that there was anything wrong with our coverages... other than 41 transition points. That's just getting back. You take away 41 transition points and we've got a basketball game. But we don't get back, we're one guy short everytime and they find the right guy... they had quicker hands, quicker feet and were quicker up and down the floor."
- Jay Triano on the Bobcats in transition
Wed. Nov. 25 @
Charlotte Bobcats 7:30 PM ET (TSN, FAN 590)
GAME NOTES: It doesn't get any easier on the road for the Raptors, who move up the East Coast to face the Celtics on Friday. Toronto has won just once in its last nine games against Boston - a 114-112 victory at TD Banknorth Garden on Jan. 23, 2008. Chris Bosh averaged 19.7 points and 10.0 boards in three games against the Celtics last season. Friday's game is the Raptors' first matchup within the Atlantic Division this season.
Margin of victory for the Bobcats, a franchise record.
Number of double-doubles on the season for Chris Bosh, which leads the NBA.
FG% for Bosh in his last two games.
Number of Raptors wins in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
Number of shots blocked by the Bobcats on Wednesday.
"If I'm open I'll continue to shoot. I practice that shot all the time. If it doesn't go in during the games, I can't worry about that."- -
Chris Bosh on a tough shooting night in Charlotte.
"We read and we play off each other. How he goes is how I go and how I go is how he goes. We pick up for each other." - Gerald Wallace on his new-found chemistry with Stephen Jackson
"It seemed like even when we moved the ball, we couldn't make shots either. It wasn't just coming in off the dribble and taking quick shots. Just one of those nights. We played terrible and just didn't have it tonight." -
17.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.4 APG
Notes:Stephen Jackson has been a big part of the Bobcats' offensive resurgence since he was acquired by Golden State on Nov. 16. On Wednesday, he scored 23 points, adding six assists with two steals, two rebounds and a block.
25.4 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 1.9 APG
Notes: A second-straight tough night from the floor for Chris Bosh who still managed to put up a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Bosh hit just five field goals in 14 attempts, but reached his 13th double-double of the season by making eight of his ten free throws.