That was ugly.
I'm sorry, but when you allow 43 first-quarter points, you deserve to lose. When you shoot only 37.6% from inside the arc, you deserve to lose.
Too many times this season the Raptors have dug themselves into these holes. They play lousy during the first quarter, but get stronger as the game goes on. In most cases, it was too little, too late. Strong consistent play for all four quarters will lead to success. If the Raps want to take charge they have to be more aggressive and have better starts; plain and simple.
Player of the Game: Dwight Howard - 25 points, 22 rebounds
Honourable mention: Anthony Parker - 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
PS: Tomorrow, my thoughts on the Frank Thomas saga.