Nov 25, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) is guarded by Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

San Antonio Spurs (111) vs Raptors (106) – Recap


Nov 25, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) shoots as Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends at the Air Canada Centre. The Spurs beat the Raptors 111-106. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

“My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains/My sense as though of hemlock I had drunk”  John Keats – Ode to a Nightingale, 1819

Overtime games, which have never been kind to Raptor teams, produced a cruel result once again. Andrea Bargnani, so brilliant in Detroit, had a disastrous shooting afternoon, & the Raps couldn’t find enough offense elsewhere to mitigate. The Raps dropped another heartbreaker, this time in 2OT (just in case the regulation-time defeats weren’t providing sufficient pain).

I’ll deal with AB off the top, as he was the anti-story of the game. 2 field goals on 19 shots, including 0/7 from distance – I suspect he’ll have considerable difficulty sleeping tonight. What adds to the misery is that fine games from Ed Davis, Jonas Valanciunas & DeMar DeRozan were wasted. San Antonio, a superb team, should have been on the short end of this hard-fought tussle.

Jose Calderon, suffering through his own shooting slump after missing a bunch in Detroit, was 3/14, & is another candidate to be punching his pillow after midnight. Not JV though, as he battled Hall-of-Fame lock Tim Duncan to a standstill. Jonas poured in a career-high 22 points & added 7 boards, & was as tough & determined as anyone, including his coach, could ask for. His free throws pushed the contest into overtime, after another ghastly Q4 shooting display allowed the Spurs back in the game. Ed Davis looked like a player today, with 15 points & 14 boards in 21+ minutes. He still is tentative with the ball in his hands, but when everyone is covered, he will create a shot for himself. DeMar DeRozan shook off 2 sub-par games, returning to his aggressive self on the way to 29 points. He took 8 free throws, but was hacked enough for twice that.

San Antonio’s veterans led the way, as always. Parker, Duncan & Ginobili combined for 73 points. A frenetic Ginobili coast to coast drive began when he intercepted a pass, then dribbled the ball through DeRozan’s legs at half-court while stepping out of bounds. He regained possession, then threw up a crazy shot that kissed off the glass and in while crashing into Lowry. Nothing short of astonishing.

The Raptors are the best bad team in the NBA. We fans are left to contemplate their uncanny ability to find new ways to throw away winnable games.

Toronto is off to Houston for a game against Jeremy Lin & the Rockets on Tuesday night.

Brian Boake is a staff writer for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.

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  • Slap Dog Hoops

    With such poor play from AB and JC, The Raptors were fortunate to lose to San Antonio by so little, if you ask me.

  • Newmarket_Brian

    It shows how little margin of error we have with this team. If 2 guys from the rotation are off, we’re toast, regardless of how well everyone else plays. Dwane Casey’s support for Bargnani is admirable, but I think Ed played well enough to be in the game in the final minutes & in overtime.

  • Daumantas Kasperavicius

    Bargani needs to go, Jose can play better, a lot better. But Bargani does not meet the expectations, He needs to be more stable. If he scores 4 points and a game before that he scored 34 that is not a good sign. The team are made to play through AB but if he cant deliver, its time for alternatives

    • Newmarket_Brian

      I have to believe the Raps are running out of patience with Andrea. Do they have a deadline for a turnaround of his performance? A “bombs away” team like Houston (with a significant interior defender in Asik) might be a perfect fit. I may explore this topic further.