December 20, 2008

OKC-TOR Recap: And with the first pick in the 2009-2010 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select...

Did I just fall asleep on the couch last night and dream that the Raps lost to the worst team in basketball? It was funny, in my dream "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC was playing during every play. Seriously, what time does this game start?

What, the game is over? That was real? The Toronto Raptors just lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 91-83 who had a record of 2W-24L. Seriously?

Ok, I've recently just come to grips that the Raptors are going to just be a .500 team (at best) but there's just some games that the Raptors are SUPPOSED to win, especially against the worst team in the NBA. You never want to be THAT team that loses to the worst team especially when you're the Toronto Raptors. This was the game that they showed they could get it done and build up their confidence even if it's the Oklahoma City Thunder. Are they seriously a lottery bound team?

This game was just ugly. The Raps got off to a bad start, falling behind the Thunder 11-5. There were two sick dunks by the Thunder, Desmond Mason on Moon and Kevin Durant with a Sick, Wicked & Nasty jam on Jermaine O'neal. Raps were down by 9 after one quarter.

In the second, Jermaine O'Neal returned the favor and had one nasty block on Kevin Durant. In a weird sequence of events, the Raps weren't even shooting 30% but they were still in the game and this is probably because this is the OKC Thunder, the worst team in the NBA. Then Chris Bosh tried that whole trailing three again and missed. The Raps are playing so bad that even Matt Devlin sounds defeated. With comments like "oh no" or "you have to make THOSE shots" The Thunder were up 46-36 at the half.

The Thunder were pretty quiet in the second half which allowed the Raps to stay in the game. In the 4th, Bargnani hit a big three to get within four. The amazingly, Parker hit a three to get within three and then Bosh hit a layup to pull within one. Then there was a sequence of plays where Jamario chucked up a three and missed, and then on the defensive end, he had a quick unecessary foul. Bosh was pissed and tore a strip out of Jamario. Toronto stayed close to the end but that was about it as the Thunder just ran away with the win. Streamers came out, "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang came on, it was like a freaking playoff win for the Thunder. For a team that only had two wins, it was one of the loudest home crowds I've heard this season.

Key Notes:
Raps were outrebounded again 54-48
Jermaine O'Neal left the game with a sore shoulder
Raps were 2-17 from three pt line (if it's not dropping, stop shooting them!)
Bosh had 22pts and 16 boards and Bargnani had 16pts and 5 boards
Joey Graham had a good game with 9pts and 9 rebounds, he's been playing well this year
Kevin Durant had 24 pts and 8 boards
Russell Westbook had 19 points and 8 assists
Courtesy of Doug Smith's Blog, check out NewOKC's headline "OKC Thunder: Yes, miracles do happen"

Toronto at San Antonio tonight....ugh.


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