November 19, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) calls a play during the second half against the Houston Rockets at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz defeated the Rockets 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Raptors (99) vs Utah Jazz (131) - Game Recap "It's raining 3 balls"

The Raps bottomed out in Salt Lake City, in an embarrassing 32-point defeat. The Jazz were without their best player, Al Jefferson, who leads their inside attack. So what do they do? Toss in 3-balls from all over, & leave the Raps in the dust.

I don’t know how much there is to write about a game in which the Raps allowed 68 second-half points. The Jazz played way over their heads, shooting 56% from distance. DeMarre Carroll, who was barely over 21% for the season, hit all 3 long balls he tried. Marvin Williams, who’s on my “Why is this guy wearing an NBA uniform?” list, was 3/6. Gordon Hayward, who’s not on that list, came off the bench to contribute 17 points. Point Guard Mo Williams had a double-double.

For the Raps, Andrea Bargnani led (well, in scoring at least) with 20 points. I suppose it’s to his credit that he grabbed 8 defensive boards & blocked 2 shots, but his overall demeanour suggests a guy who’s been dragged to a rom-com by his girlfriend. Mikael Pietrus had another solid game – 4/5 from beyond the arc, & 3 blocked shots. Other guys should have stayed in the dressing room. Ed Davis’ name is being bandied about as a potential starter, but his performance last night won’t help his case. Nary a point nor a board in 10 minutes – but he did commit 2 fouls. Ugh. Jonas Valanciunas had more fouls (5) than points (4). More ugh. Linas Kleiza & Jose Calderon each had a basket. That’s enough pain for one post.

It’s long past time for something drastic. The Raps are punching the clock; there’s no fight in them. If I were Kyle Lowry, I’d be calling for a players-only meeting to clear the air. Pietrus is an NBA veteran who’s played on tough, winning teams like the Celtics – will the players accept some harsh criticism from their newest team mate?

The Raptors travel to Los Angeles to battle (we hope) the Clippers, who at the moment anyway, are the best team in the city.

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  • steppxxxxz

    Raps are the most dissapointing team in the NBA this year. I had real hopes for them. A lot of this is laid at the feet of Casey. WHy is bargnani even out there? BENCH HIM FOR CHRIST SAKE. He makes no effort, doesnt even look at his teammates, and couldnt defend me, or my grandmother. Its pretty bad. DeRozan has been good..Ross looks great…Val is improving, but the team is terrible, has no unity and is looking to be the worst team in the league soon.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      I have no dispute with anything you’ve said. It’s hard to imagine top management allowing this dreadful team to continue as it’s currently built. Bargnani has been in a season-long shooting slump, & if he’s not scoring, his value approaches zero. Casey is trying to work 2 promising rookies into the lineup without sacrificing wins, but the rest of the squad is too weak to allow JV & Ross to learn on the job. It’s not like we can feel better about the imminent return of our injured Small Forwards. Fields may be one of the biggest busts of all time. I don’t know what the answer is.