Tale Of Two Halves In Raptors' Loss To Shorthanded Bulls
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Jay Satur
Oct. 20, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

The Raptors were looking good well into the third, as a 20-foot jumper from Andrea Bargnani gave them their biggest lead of the game at 68-58 with 6:38 to play in the quarter.

But the Raptors seemed to run out of gas from that point and the Bulls put the clamps on defensively, rattling off a 15-2 run that restored a lead they wouldn't surrender the rest of the way.


Maybe not the greatest shooting night for Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, but he's such a terror with his first step and in the open floor that he still managed a near triple-double on Wednesday (20 points, eight rebounds, nine assists) .

One memorable sequence in the second quarter saw him grab a defensive rebound, beat everyone down court the other way, miss a contested drive, soar to grab his own offensive board and follow with a lay-up. A big performance with starters Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah out of the lineup.


A very solid game from DeMar DeRozan on Wednesday in what was his strongest offensive performance of the preseason (15 points, 6-9 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists).

He didn't hit a desired target of eight trips to the free throw line, but he did play a smart, controlled game showing a strong dribble drive and created plays for teammates. Definitely a bright spot for the Raptors in a loss.


"I think they cranked it up a little bit and we tried to and we couldn't. We got outworked in the game, but I'll take a little bit of the blame for that. We practised hard this morning, we went live this morning, we went hard yesterday and the day before. We just didn't seem to have the legs, our closeouts, which we've been working on everyday, seemed a little bit slow, allowed direct line drives, weak side guys were slow coming over."

- Jay Triano, on the turnaround in the third quarter


Fri., Oct. 22 vs. NYK.

The Raptors conclude their preseason schedule and get a preview of their opening night opponent when they face the New York Knicks in Montreal on Friday. Last season, the Raptors swept the Knicks 4-0, but both teams are markedly different this season with Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph and Raymond Felton among the new faces in New York.
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The Numbers
5 Number of preseason games the Raptors have scored at least 100 points
0-4 Toronto's record this preseason when the opponent shoots better than 50%
2-14 Raptors' shooting from behind the 3-point arc, a preseason low.
16 Total rebounds for Reggie Evans, a preseason high
4 Second-chance points for the Raps, who averaged 16 this preseason
They Said It...
Amir Johnson "We have to stay with it from a defensive standpoint, keep our heads into it. Just stay focused from that standpoint."
- Reggie Evans, on the Raptors' effort
Doug Collins "Second half was a lot better; I thought our bench played terrific in the fourth quarter."

- Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, on his team's play
Jarrett Jack "It's always tough trying to slow down D-Rose. He started getting teammates involved and he kept getting to the rim."

- DeMar DeRozan, on the "Derrick Rose Effect"