Toronto lost a heart breaker in O.T. last Wednesday to the Memphis Grizzlies. They then rebounded with wins over basement dwellers New Jersey Nets and the Washington Wizards. While the wins are nice there has been something bothering me about this team for a little while that no one seems to be talking about.
I'm of course talking about this teams inability to put teams away, and even more specifically a lack of energy in the 3rd quarter. A prime example of this is Saturday nights game against the high school team formerly known as the Washington Wizards. Toronto went into the half with a 64-57 point lead. Then came the usual 3rd quarter meltdown where they got outscored 31-21 and trailed 88-85 going into the 4th.
Thankfully the Raps ended up pulling out a 109-104 victory but the bigger issue is if this team continues to take the 3rd quarter off in games against some real teams they will get killed! Again right now with the weak schedule Toronto has enjoyed has allowed this lack of consistency to go largely unnoticed but with some big games against some good teams coming up it will have to be something they find a solution to.
Wednesday I will be at the Air Canada Centre to watch the Raps/Blazers game live in person and hope to see something encouraging against a good Blazers team that has been killed by injuries this year.
Here's hoping we get 4 quarters of solid play, something we haven't seen a whole lot of yet this season.
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Written by Tomas Cleary