It's been a long week for Jay Triano. Watching his team get dominated without his star player surely has been painful to watch for me, so I can't imagine Jay's pain.
I guess this show's how valuable Bosh really is to the Raptors, who got outplayed by some of the top teams in the league this week.
The Trail Blazers game wasn't really close. They had the lead practically the whole time, and without Bosh, their offense couldn't find a rhythm and couldn't pull it together.
Against the NBA's top team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Raptors were much closer, and played very well as a team, but fell in overtime. Down the stretch, LeBron James was just too much to handle and the Raptors just couldn't keep up in the extra period.
The game on the road against the Thunder was just brutal. They weren't even in it for a bit. Without Chris Bosh, their offense didn't even reach 70 points by the 4th quarter. And let me tell you, this team isn't going to win games from stellar defense.
Performance on a scale of 1-10: 4
The game against Cleveland is pretty much the only bright spot here. They kept it close without their star player, and actually almost won it. Hedo Turkoglu is finally shaping up, and Reggie Evans has been a huge spark off of the bench.
I think this is the first time all season that offense is in the negatives column. Without Bosh, the offense couldn't really get it going, and without offense, the Raptors aren't going to win many games. Defense was mediocre, which is what you can expect. They just got flat outplayed against the Thunder, heck they even played Patrick O'Bryant in the beginning of the 4th!
Overall, not a good week. If the Raptors want to hang onto the 5th spot in the East, they are going to have to start scratching together some wins to make sure that the Bulls don't gain any ground. Let's hope that somehow the Raptors can pull together some wins this week before Bosh's return, which is expected to be this Friday vs. the Knicks.
The Raps have to pick up the pace, play with some urgency and learn how to play without Bosh. Every team has to be prepared for anything, and right now it looks like the Raptors cannot play at a playoff level without Chris Bosh. Hopefully Bosh will be back this week.
PS- I'm taking out the "Next Report" section of my Raptors Reports because I think by now most of you have figured out that they are every Sunday.