Raptors Rapid Recap: Grizzlies 109 Toronto 102


- The Raps lost their first game back since the All-Star break and wasted some inspired play of CB4. Bosh was a terror on both ends of the court dominating the fourth quarter with key blocks and clutch baskets. Bill Simmons has him outside of the top 10 in terms of his annual trade value piece. I think Bill Simmons is mental. Tonight's line tells you why: 32 points (on .500 fg%, 1.000 ft%), 10 rebounds and 4 assists). If it wasn't for some bad rotations on the part of others in the dying moments of the fourth quarter this game would have been over with Bosh's jumper.

- So why did the Raps lose? Jay Triano and Hedo Turkoglu. Coach Triano's decisions last night completely baffled me. Early on he seemed to be sending a big message to his starters. That message? Play better, because if you don't we have guys who will gladly fill in. It was a strategy that seemed to work as the Raptors bench was stellar tonight, in particular Amir Johnson, Jose Calderon and Sonny Weems. The problem was Triano didn't stick to his guns. When the game was in the balance he re-inserted Andrea Bargnani and Hedo Turkoglu who played his worst game as a Raptor. The result? A bad loss.

- Hedo Turkoglu is a complete free agent bust at this moment in time. For a guy who is supposed to bring offense, a killer mentailty and some crunch time scoring he has done none of the above. He had one point last night in 27 minutes of action. He had more personal fouls than assist, rebounds and points. He was a huge liability on the defensive end. Frankly, BC has less than 24 hours to fix this mistake because this team plays better without Mr. Fourth Quarter. Triano simply has to play the guys who are getting it done regardless of their pay checks. Turkoglu should be finding a seat beside Patrick O'Bryant and Marcus Banks.

- The Grizz are just a solid team despite the recent losing skid. Much like Portland, they are finally seeing some of their young guys develop into solid NBA players. Tonight was the perfect example as Rudy Gay, Mike Conley and OJ Mayo were all clutch down the stretch. If they could add some depth to their bench before the deadline they could really be a factor for the rest of the year.

- Look for an in-depth recap from Franchise who was at the game last night and will hopefully have an opportunity to ask some tough questions to Triano.

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