It's not hard to pinpoint where this one went off the rails. The Raps appeared to leave their aim and willingness to share the ball in the locker room at halftime as a dreadful third quarter saw them outscored 25-11 and down 77-57 heading into the fourth.
Toronto went three-for-17 from the floor in the third with only one assist and six trips to the free throw line. You can't fault a lot of the shots, but they simply weren't dropping for a Raptors team that still seems to have trouble with the athleticism and size of the Hawks.
Atlanta forward Josh Smith didn't shoot it all that well from outside on Sunday, but he turned in a stats sheet stuffing performance with a triple double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had a big defensive impact on the game with three steals and a couple of blocks.
"When he plays like that and plays like he is under control, he is such a force," said Atlanta head coach Larry Drew. "His defensive game, he was all over the place, rebounding the basketball, helping defensively and talking. Just a super overall game."
Jerryd Bayless logged his highest total of minutes as a Raptor on Sunday (18) and although he only hit one of his five shots, his aggressive mentality saw him get to the free throw line a game-high eight times (with six makes). In the third quarter, his willingness to draw contact was really the only thing working for Toronto.
"We had to do something, we told him just to attack and hopefully the whistle will blow," said Jay Triano post-game. "Get them into foul trouble. Set an aggressive tone for us and we have to attack the basket."
"Jose, DeMar, Andrea, Sonny, you go one through five ... DeMar got outplayed by Joe Johnson, Jose got outplayed by Mike Bibby, Andrea got outplayed by Josh Smith, Sonny got outplayed by Marvin Williams, Joey got outplayed by Al Horford. Nobody could score and we couldn't stop those guys and this is why you have a 20-point game."
- Jay Triano, on the play of the starters
Wed., Dec. 1 vs. Wizards
7 PM ET, Rogers Sportsnet FAN590
The Raptors continue their four-game homestand with a visit from first overall draft pick John Wall and the Wizards on Wednesday. The Raptors were roughed up in a 109-94 loss at Verizon Center back on November 16. Wall didn't play in that one, but his supporting cast more than picked up the slack. Andray Blatche, Gilbert Arenas and Nick Young all scored at least 20 points, while Kirk Hinrich and JaVale McGee also chipped in with big games.
|20-10||Fast break points favouring the Raptors|
|15||Turnovers for the Raptors, vs. just 11 for the Hawks|
|1-12||3-point shooting for the Raptors|
|24-15||Assist totals favouring the Hawks|
|11||Third-quarter points for the Raptors|
|"I think today they just posted up against us, they played where they wanted to play…they beat us. They played better than yesterday."|
- Jose Calderon, on the effort from the Hawks
|"Not many, we really wanted to defend the three. We were concerned with that especially with Bargnani having the ability to step out and make a three."|
- Hawks head coach Larry Drew on adjustments in the third quarter
|"Oh we’re going to miss him a lot. He was a starter for us. He is a big part of our team and it’s really too bad. He was playing great but that kind of stuff can happen. Everyone is really upset about that."|
- Andrea Bargnani, on the loss of Reggie Evans