Raptors halfway decent in loss to Hawks

Amir Johnson of the Raptors vies for a rebound with the Atlanta Hawks' Anthony Tolliver during the...

Amir Johnson of the Raptors vies for a rebound with the Atlanta Hawks' Anthony Tolliver during the first half last night. Johnson left the game in the third quarter with a leg contusion. (Reuters)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 PM ET

The long faces when things go awry, shots heaved late in the shot clock when nothing resembling an offensive set is being run, indecision on defence and an inability to sustain a level of play worthy of winning.

Welcome to the plight that is the Raptors, a team that plays in spurts, a team that has absolutely no chance of winning when not enough stops can be summoned, when there’s not enough fight when a challenge has to be met.

When the visiting Atlanta Hawks found their shooting rhythm in the second half Wednesday night, the Raptors suddenly found themselves in trouble, deep trouble, earning the wrath of the home crowd that quickly headed to the exits.


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