The Tragically Hip, Toronto Raptors, and a Glimmer Of Hope

November 11th, 2009 by Geoff Zochodne Leave a reply »
In the immortal words of The Tragically Hip, "It can't be Nashville every night."

Confusing right?

I mean, I'm writing about the Toronto Raptors, there's no team in Nashville, and The Tragically Hip once wrote a song about a polar bear named Gus. Not exactly the strongest of source material.

Well for the Raps last night, they finally caught a break. For once it wasn't Nashville.

Toronto has made a point of shutting down the key, protecting the lane, and forcing teams to shoot on them. And opponents have shot. Oh sweet lord, they have shot.

The Raps have allowed 45 percent three-point shooting from their opponents this season (last in the league), and 48 percent from elsewhere on the floor (24th).

They've been protecting the interior of the house, but an arsonist Santa Claus has been setting fire to their roof. And no amount of milk (or cookies for that matter) has been able to put it out.

Until they played Chicago. And the break finally came; da Bulls only shot 25 percent from behind the arc (39 percent overall) and the Raps' defensive philosophy finally began to shine through.

And it ...

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