Toronto Raptors defence struggles in loss to Charlotte Bobcats

Toronto Raptors guard D.J. Augustin (14) drives to the basket as he is defended by Charlotte...

Toronto Raptors guard D.J. Augustin (14) drives to the basket as he is defended by Charlotte Bobcats forward Jeff Adrien (4) Wednesday. (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 PM ET

Dwane Casey had warned his squad. The message apparently wasn’t received.

“They’re a team that (is) very, very dangerous. We have to come in and execute defensively, or it’s going to be a long night,” the Raptors coach said before his team failed to execute defensively in an ugly 92-90 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

With both teams playing for the second night in a row, the game was an ugly affair – though that’s a sorry excuse for the putrid play.

Toronto clearly didn’t get its wakeup call – the Bobcats shot 75% in the first quarter, zipping the ball around with zero resistance for 11 assists on 15 made baskets.

The Bobcats then played dead for the second quarter, allowing the Raptors to reach halftime all tied up. Five-for-18 shooting appeared to doom the Raptors in the third quarter, but improved defence and a Bobcats offence that suddenly flew south made a game of it in the end.


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