Despite an impressive performance against one of the NBA's top teams, the Raptors lose another heartbreaker in their return to the ACC.
I feel like a broken record, but I'll say it again.
The Raptors lost a heartbreaker today in the ACC.
After 53 minutes of hard-fought basketball, the Raptors were clearly gassed entering the second overtime period. They stopped going hard to the bucket, settled for more jumpers, and were slow on switches leading to open threes for San Antonio. The Spurs won the second overtime 14-9, and just like that, the Raptors lost another close one.
For those wondering, that's the 8th tight game the Raptors have lost this season. And they've only played 14 games.
Despite the loss, the Raptors must be happy with their performance today.
They out-played one of the NBA's top teams, and if it wasn't it wasn't for Andrea Bargnani's terrible shooting night, they would have completed the upset.
How poorly did Andrea shoot? I'll let Andrea answer that one: "I think I never shot this bad in my NBA career." he said postgame.
The only reason the Raptors were able to compete with this talented Spurs team, was the incredible play of Jonas Valanciunas and (surprisingly) Ed Davis.
JV had a career best night with 22 points on 9-12 shooting, 7 rebounds and 2 VERY clutch free throws to sent the game to OT. Not to mention showing incredible emotion and excitement, something we're not used to seeing out of Raptors players.
Ed Davis also had a career-best game, as he proved to Dwane Casey that he deserves more playing time. In just 22 minutes he had 14 points and 13 rebounds, 8 of which were offensive. He was replaced by Bargnani late in the game, which, looking back, was a poor decision from coach Casey.
The Raptors next game is in Houston, as they take on James Harden's Rockets. Be sure to check out the HQ thread, as we'll be live blogging the pain away as usual.
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|San Antonio Spurs||24||25||20||19||9||14||111|