Raps hit new season low

Raps head coach Jay Triano reacts to a call against his team in a game against the Bobcats on...

Raps head coach Jay Triano reacts to a call against his team in a game against the Bobcats on Wednesday. (REUTERS/Chris Keane)

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

CHARLOTTE -- They may stop mentioning the words back-to-back in the Raptor locker room.

So far this season the back end of those games has brought only pain, heartache, and even embarrassment to a team that is trying desperately but failing to bring any consistency to their game on a night-to-night basis.

One night after their offence clicked just about every time down the floor in a win over Indiana, the Raptors had little of anything to offer the Bobcats in the way of a game.

The final score, 116-81 was ugly in so many ways. The 81 points by the Raps were easily a season low. The previous low of 91 against Utah came on another back-to-back.

The 34.5% shooting percentage was also a low mark for the season. The margin of defeat was another low watermark.

For the record, the Raptors are 0-3 on the back end of a back-to-back with 16 more to come this year.

The Raps kept it close for a half, down by just six, but even that was somewhat deceiving.

It was primarily on the strength of just two players that allowed the Raptors to remain anywhere close for the first 24 minutes.

In a game that seemed devoid of energy on the Raptors end, Amir Johnson and Andrea Bargnani were the only Raptors with any life.

And once the second half arrived one would be hard-pressed to find a single Raptor showing any signs of real energy.

"There was a lot you could question after a game like today," Jarrett Jack said. "Effort, focus, you could point to a lot of things that led to the performance we had and we have to correct it. Our answer to the problem can't just be to forget about it."

Even Jose Calderon, who desperately tries to find positives on the most miserable of nights couldn't find a glimmer of anything after this one.

"Today was our worst game of the season for sure," Calderon said.

After that stunningly efficient 123-point output a night earlier in a win against the Indiana Pacers, the Raps, outside the Johnson/Bargnani duo were stone cold from the field to start the game.

Bosh's jumper, which was off on Tuesday is now officially AWOL. Against Indiana he was 5-of-19 from the field. Including last night's 5-of-14 he has now shot just 30% in the past two games. With three minutes to go in the third quarter and the Raps down by 17, head coach Jay Triano threw up the white flag pulling the last of his starters off the floor.

But no matter what five players Triano sent out there, the five Bobcats opposing them were a step quicker all night.

MIKE.GANTER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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