Rapid Recap: Bobcats Pounce on Raptors 92-90

Streeter Lecka

Raptors lose the 2nd of a back-to-back in Charlotte due to clock mismanagement

The Toronto Raptors lose to the Bobcats 92-90 in the 2nd game of a back-to-back. With Bobcats holding possession with 26 seconds left in the game, the Raptors refused to foul and had the clock run out on them after a Josh McRoberts tap-out. Gerald Henderson led the game in scoring with 23 points, getting off to a hot start early in the 1st quarter. Rudy Gay led in scoring for the Raptors with 20 points despite it coming off of 8-21 from the field, his struggles were very evident tonight against a weak Bobcats defense. With Al Jefferson (ankle) missing tonight's game, the Raptors had a chance again to take advantage of a weak interior the 2nd night in a row. Jonas Valanciunas played a solid game with 12 points, 10 rebounds, in only 27 minutes.

RAPTOR NOTES:

  • Raptors haven't won in Charlotte since 2010. That's a mighty long time for a team that consistently sits at the bottom of the standings.
  • Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan went 13-37 combined tonight for 34 points. That's not a good night, especially against a bottom-feeding Charlotte Bobcats team. In a truly unique year for the direction of the Raptors, the tanking chatter will surely become louder.
  • Amir Johnson is still taking 3's, he shot 1-2 from deep today. How many people are fans of this? I can't be the only one cringing when he spots-up, but credit is due that he's hitting more than expected.
  • Julyan Stone sighting! He had 2 assists and draw a charge in 8 minutes tonight. Glad to see that Dwane Casey is looking at options outside of D.J. Augustin.
  • Jonas Valanciunas didn't see the floor in the 4th quarter, it's interesting to see Coach Casey shy away from him when it counts despite how well he's playing, and against soft interior on both nights.
BOBCATS NOTES:
  • Kemba Walker had a forgettable line tonight, going 5-4-7 on 2-13 shooting from the field. After his heroics last night at MSG, he seemed to run out of gas tonight.
  • The Bobcats have a young, lengthy, front-court in Josh McRoberts, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Bismack Biyombo. If they can get that going, they're defense could be much more dominant in the coming years. It was impressive watching their youngsters use their length to bother and disrupt shots. They combined for 5 of the team's 8 blocks tonight; it's scary to think that MKG and Biyombo are only 20 and 21 years old respectively.
  • Rookie Cody Zeller got some burn tonight to the tune of 6 points on perfect 3-3 shooting.
  • Reminder: Ben Gordon is buried on the Bobcats bench; it's tough to believe that he's fallen off like this.
Tonight's game was rough and it doesn't get any easier. The Toronto Raptors fall to 2-3 on the season and are off to Indiana to play a tough Pacers team led by Paul George.
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