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Raptors Knocked Down By Bulls In Windy City
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Raptors 90 109 BULLS
Jay Satur
October 12, 2010
United Center
Chicago, IL

It's gone from lopsided blowout win, to hard fought defeat on the road and now a big blowout loss in Chicago. Which Raptors team is the one to expect this season? Possibly parts of all three.

On Tuesday, the Raptors ran into a buzzing Bulls defence that stifled them inside early and really disrupted the Raptors' ability to spread the floor and move the ball around. In a four-minute stretch of the first, Chicago used a 12-0 run to go up 21-9 and Toronto was never closer than six points the rest of the way.


Tough to chose between Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah (who finished two assists shy of a triple double), but the point guard gets the nod for setting the tone early with a fantastic first quarter. Rose was putting his complete offensive game on display, beating defenders down court with his blazing speed, attacking the rim and balancing that with outside shooting on his way to 14 first-half points.

In just over 35 minutes of play Rose finished with a game-high 23 points, with seven assists and five rebounds.


Barbosa came to play for the Raptors in this one and actually got the start as head coach Jay Triano continues to experiment with preseason lineups.

The Blur drilled a very early three pointer on Toronto's very first possession (one of three on the night for Leandro) and he finished the first half by scoring seven of the Raptors' final 12 points. He shot six-for-13 overall and displayed pretty good chemistry running the floor with Jose Calderon on offence.


Several glaring stats speaks to why the Raptors lost this one, but rebounding definitely stands out. The Raptors were doubled-up and hammered on the glass by a total of 44-22. On the offensive boards, Toronto was outrebounded 14-5 and was outscored 19-14 on second-chance points.

Bulls energizer Joakim Noah had more offensive boards (six) than the enitre Raptors team on his way to 14 total for the game. A humbling lesson on how a weak rebounding effort can put this team down in a hurry.


Wednesday, Oct. 13 vs. Philadelphia
7:00 PM ET

The Raptors close their first back-to-back of the season on Wednesday when they host the Philadelphia 76ers. The matchup presents the Raps with their second straight game against a team with a new head coach in Doug Collins, who is just starting his work with the Sixers. Philadelphia is also ending a back-to-back, coming off a 103-90 win over the Celltics on Tuesday that saw Marrese Speights lead the way with 19 points and six boards.
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The Numbers
0 Minutes for Linas Kleiza, who did not dress due to a sore right Achilles tendon.
13 Turnovers for Toronto, vs. 17 for Chicago.
7 Fourth-quarter points scored by Andrea Bargnani, including two three-pointers
5 Number of 24-second shot clock violations from the Raptors
5 Team-high in rebounds from Reggie Evans
They Said It...
Jay Triano They were just much more aggressive than we were. They worked harder than us and that was evident.- Jay Triano, on the Raptors' effort
Derrick Rose ``(Thibodeau) isn't talking to us about moving the ball. It just comes from the offence. The offence is made so that if you don't have a shot, you pass it.'' - Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, on his new coach's offence.
Jay Triano `Maybe (Bargnani) is getting his legs under him a little bit. Like I said before, it's not just Andrea. Everybody has got to pick up their level of intensity.''- Jay Triano on Andrea Bargnani's slow start.