Utah Jazz Hand The Toronto Raptors Their Fifth Straight Loss

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IMarch 8, 2009


Two teams going in opposite directions continued that today. The Jazz matched their longest win streak since 1999 with eleven straight wins as they handed the Toronto Raptors their fifth straight loss in a 109-101 game.

Deron Williams has been leading his team lately and did not stop that trend tonight as he had 25 points and eight assists. Kyle Korver also had a big game with 20 points and 8 rebounds coming off the bench.

Chris Bosh had a huge game for the Raps with 30 points and 10 boards, but it wasn't enough. For the most part their starters got it done; Bargnani had 20 points and 8 rebounds, Parker had 16 points and 7 assists, and Calderon had 10 points and 11 assists.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu, a new signing for the Raptors, gave them 7 rebounds tonight after a career-high 10 on Friday. He seems to be a good signing.

After the game, Bosh was quoted as saying, "I'm just looking at the next game. I don't care to define a loss anymore. They are the best team in the league right now, but it really doesn't matter who we play, we are trying to win games." He really doesn't sound too happy with the way his team is performing lately, and you really can't blame him.

The Raptors tried to put together a fourth quarter comeback at the end of the game—which they seem to be trying to do a lot. Calderon wasn't even on the floor at the time. Like always, the Raptors got real close as they brought it within one point around the seven minute mark in the fourth quarter, then came up short.

Jay Triano must not be happy with his team's performance, but you have to wonder, how much time does he have left? I think if they want a playoff run late this season, they need to change coaches quick. If not, and they are looking for a high draft pick this offseason, stick with him—but I think he has to be gone in the summer.