It was almost a record-breaking game on two fronts for the Raptors Tuesday night against the Golden State Warriors.
On the night they set a franchise record for points in a second quarter -- 41 -- Chris Bosh came two rebounds shy of tying Donyell Marshall's team record for rebounds in a game (24 in Chicago against the Bulls Feb. 17, 2004).
Bosh did manage to tie his career high in rebounds, originally set March 25, 2005 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors' previous best second quarter was a 38-point bonanza against the Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 28, 1997.
Of course, none of this means a heck of a lot because the Raptors lost 110-99 against Golden State and managed to score more points in the second quarter than the entire second half (37).
While the Blue Jays always have their tough division excuse to fall back on when they miss the playoffs, the Raptors can't trot out the same theory.
No team in the five-team Atlantic Division was above .500 entering play last night, meaning the Raptors won't be falling out of striking distance soon. The heavily favoured team -- the New Jersey Nets -- is playing without injured star Richard Jefferson.
The bad news is the Raptors do not play another Atlantic opponent until a back-to-back set against the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks Dec. 1-2. The Raptors are 1-1 against the Atlantic this season, beating the Philadelphia 76ers and losing against the Nets.
The Raptors wanted all their games on national television this season, so they put 24 games exclusively on Raptors TV. That's a nice perk for the digital channel's subscribers, but it puts most Canadians in the dark for over one-quarter of the team's schedule.
The first long stretch of exclusive Raptors TV games ends tomorrow night when the Los Angeles Lakers play host to Toronto, the first of two Raptors games in a row on TSN.
The team's past three games have been exclusively on Raptors TV. Coincidentally, all three games have been losses.