SAN ANTONIO -- No Tony Parker. No Tim Duncan. No chance, right?
Even with two thirds of the Spurs big three in street clothes, San Antonio was able to prevail in one of those golden opportunities the Raptors let slip away.
Sure Manu Ginobili, the lone healthy body of that trio, amped up his game in the absence of Parker and Duncan coming off the bench for a stunning 36 points to lead the Spurs to a 131-124 win.
However, it wasn't Ginobili they were talking about in the Raptors room.
The Raptors were correctly pointing the finger of blame at themselves for allowing 16 offensive rebounds as the Spurs overcame some early shooting woes by making good on second-chance attempts to keep it close. A 38-29 final quarter sealed the deal.
Chris Bosh, who led the Raps with 32 points and 10 boards including three on San Antonio's glass, couldn't hide his disgust.
"We weren't hungry for it," Bosh said. "I don't know if we underestimated them, but we didn't come and play hard like we needed to play. I think the opportunity was there for us."
Veteran Antonio McDyess led the Spurs charge pulling down five boards off the offensive glass.
Rookie DeJuan Blair, a guy who slipped to the second round because teams are concerned his knees won't hold up to the pounding, pulled down another four.
All of it led to 32 second-chance points that made irrelevant the near 60% success rate the Raptors had shooting.
And don't try to tell Bosh, it's about technique or positioning. He was having none of that.
"It's all about wanting the ball and wanting to finish the possession," he said. "Their guys were hungry for the ball and they got second-chance points."
Head coach Jay Triano was just as blunt in his assessment of the Raptors' rebounding effort.
"It takes a real nose to go to the ball," Triano said. "There are guys that are born to go get the basketball and we have one that can't play right now in Reggie (Evans, out with a mid-foot strain).
"It's disappointing," Triano continued. "Everyone has to go get it. We don't have guys who are leaking out. We are supposed to stick with our man and go get the basketball but obviously we didn't do a very good job of that."
Offensively, Ginobili couldn't miss as his 36 points were a record for an opponent coming off the bench against the Raptors.
Ex-Raptor Matt Bonner pumped in 18 points while Richard Jefferson, a newcomer to the Spurs, added 24.
For a trip that began on such a high note with a win in New Orleans, the Raps head home saddled with two ugly losses.