Forums » News and Announcements

hen found it hard to come out of its

    • 3143 posts
    December 21, 2017 4:29 AM +0330

    SAN FRANCISCO - Mere minutes into the game, you could sense that Tuesday night would be a memorable one for the Raptors. Dell Curry Jersey . It had been nearly a decade since the franchise had tasted victory in the Bay Area, as Toronto seemed poised to shock the hosting Golden State Warriors and the rest of the NBA, who began to take notice of what was transpiring in Oakland. "The @Raptors lead the @Warriors by 27 early in the 3rdQ in Golden State #NotATypo," tweeted the leagues official account. If you tuned in at that point, an impartial viewer expecting to see something remarkable, you were not disappointed. This Raptors team was on the verge of an improbable and much-needed win, instead an epic collapse secured its place in franchise history. It turned out to be a night they wont soon forget. "Weve just got to get a win," Rudy Gay said after the Raptors suffered the largest collapse in their 19-year existence, falling 112-103 to the Warriors. "However, whenever, we just need a win. It should have been tonight. Now we have to go out and find another one." "We made it tough on ourselves tonight. We just need a win, man." Like watching in slow motion, it seemed inevitable once the Warriors began to make their run late in the third. It started with consecutive turnovers (one by Gay the second by Terrence Ross) and turned into a series of open looks for the dynamic, sharpshooting backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Fortunately for the Raptors, who took an 18-point lead into the fourth, the Warriors guards missed two of three wide-open threes to end the frame. At that point Curry and Thompson were 3-of-12 from long distance and the Raptors had been closing out on most, if not all of their attempts. With 14 minutes remaining the visiting Raptors started to play with fire and against this team, in that arena, it wasnt a huge surprise when they got burned. "They just started making [shots]," Dwane Casey said of the Warriors, who went 8-of-11 from three-point range and outscored Toronto 42-15 overall in the fourth quarter. "They were the same shots and we were right there. A couple of plays guys were draped all over them." "But we knew that going in. We knew they would be lethal, that they were going to be hard to stop." The Warriors run was expected, the crowd - largely credited as the best in the league - came to life and the Raptors had nowhere to hide, though they sure tried. In those 12 minutes of basketball, the Raptors played scared. They looked like a team that was unsure of themselves, of every pass, of every shot, a team that was playing not to lose. "The thing about it is when they get the momentum then the rim gets wider," said Gay, who had 18 points in the loss. "It gets bigger and they keep throwing shots at it and they keep falling. Its all confidence." Whatever confidence the Raptors had and had worked hard to maintain for 34 minutes was gone. Their offence was almost non-existent. It "stunk", as Gay put it himself. They recorded just one fourth-quarter assist, turned the ball over four times and shot 1-of-7 from beyond the three-point line, many of those shots were forced early in the clock. DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 26 while backcourt mate Kyle Lowry added 20 to go along with nine assists. The momentum began to shift when Lowry was taken out of the game with a head injury late in the third after colliding with Warriors centre Andrew Bogut. Lowry passed concussion tests on the bench and then again after the game but by the time he re-entered in the fourth the Raptors lead was shrinking at a rapid pace. "I just wanted to get back out there and see if I could help the team," Lowry said. "I didnt make any shots and I didnt really help the team. They made a hell of a run against us." The crowd didnt help Torontos cause. "I couldnt hear my defence," Lowry admitted. "I couldnt hear my guys out there. I mean honestly, that crowd, I really couldnt hear." The Raptors first half was as good as theyve played all year, for what its worth. Their 65 points were the most theyve scored in a half this season. They led by 17 at the break, shot 60 per cent and out-rebounded the home team 25-11. Amir Johnson, who came off the bench for the second straight game, looked like his old self. Johnson had 14 of his 16 points, on 6-of-7 shooting in the first half. Toronto has now dropped four straight, with two more games to go on the road before returning home to face San Antonio, the defending Western Conference champs. The schedule gets tougher before it gets any easier and with GM Masai Ujiri watching and waiting, time is not a luxury they can afford to waste. Tuesdays was an embarrassing loss and one thats hard to justify without making excuses, something this team is no longer supposed to be doing. It was the type of loss - for all the talk about moving on and getting the next one - that sticks with a player, a coach, a franchise. It could be the type of haunting, season-defining loss this same team experienced on the road a year ago. Custom Charlotte Hornets Jerseys .com) - Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 51 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder took down the struggling Bucks 114-101 on Tuesday. Glen Rice Jersey . A wide-eyed 18-year-old visiting North America for only the second time in his young life, Caboclo immediately noticed the "big tower" his new home is best known for.FRANKFURT - Mario Goetze scored two goals as Bayern Munich eased to a 4-0 victory over promoted Paderborn and moved to the top of the Bundesliga on Tuesday.Paderborns hopes of achieving a huge upset were dashed quickly, as Goetze and Robert Lewandowski scored inside the first quarter of an hour. Goetze and Thomas Mueller then netted late in the match as Bayern brought down to earth the team that had come into the match as the surprise league leader.Bayern is in a different league from us, Paderborns captain Uwe Huenemeir said.We started well and we had some chances but Bayern is a world-class team, Paderborns coach Andre Breitenreiter added. After the first two goals we strengthened our defence. We tried to score late in the game and Bayern used the space to score.Paderborn did not embarrass itself despite the big defeat and wasted several chances. The small club is making its debut in the top tier and has a budget 25 times smaller than that of Bayern and is dwarfed in all aspects by the German powerhouse and defending champion.Bayern opened a two-point lead over Mainz, which blew a two-goal advantage and had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.In other matches, Schalke won 3-0 at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim and Freiburg drew 3-3.Paderborns only claim to prominence before this season was a dubious one. The club, then in the third division, was involved in one of the one of the matches manipulated by referee Robert Hoyzer in 2004 in Germanys biggest match-fixing scandal.This season, however, Paderborn is gaining attention for all the right reasons. By playing an aggressive pressing game, the club with a home ground that can house only 15,000 was undefeated after four matches and leading the league on goal difference.It had the first chance of the match when EElias Kachungas spectacular volley sailed high. Charlotte Hornets Jerseys. Bayern quickly seized control, though, to end Paderborns promising start. Goetze, who scored Germanys World Cup winning goal against Argentina, picked up a backheel pass from Mueller to slot home in the eighth. Lewandowski doubled the lead in the 14th with a volley from the edge of the penalty box, but he appeared to be slightly offside.Paderborn then found it hard to come out of its half, but when it did it nearly scored. Idir Ouali broke free but his weak shot was smothered by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.Lewandowski and Goetze wasted a couple of chances each before Paderborn somewhat settled down after the break.Xabi Alonso, having an outstanding game, cleared a dangerous cross from Moritz Stoppelkamp, before Neuer was forced into a diving save from substitute Suleyman Koc, who had served prison time for armed robbery before getting a chance at Paderborn.But Bayern struck again late in the game, with Goetze scoring in the 78th and Mueller in the 85th, both from close range.It was very important to make a statement. Paderborn was having problems from the start, said Arjen Robben, who helped set up Bayerns first goal and assisted on its fourth.Schalke secured its first win of the season to ease the pressure on coach Jens Keller. Schalke was missing several regulars due to injuries and suspensions, while Bremen had five players out because of a virus infection.Shinji Okazaki scored his league-high fifth goal of the season as Mainz went 2-0 up in Frankfurt but Haris Seferovics goal in the 85th salvaged the draw for the home team.Yannik Vestergaard scored in the third minute of stoppage time to earn the draw for Hoffenheim, which trailed 2-0 and 3-2. The late equalizer left Freiburg still without a win. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '