MMPG: Team of the Weak
So, how has firing Sam Mitchell turned out for those Toronto Raptors? Not good. Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo fired Mitchell because he thought his team -- which added Jermaine O'Neal in the offseason -- was underachieving at 8-9. But since then, his replacement, Jay Triano, has gone just 2-8.
The Raptors (10-17) have lost a season-high five games in a row, plunging to the bottom of the Atlantic Division and hitting two more lows last week. The first came during a 96-86 loss to Dallas on Wednesday night, when the Raptors blew a 13-point first-half lead and the home crowd at Air Canada Centre booed them in the fourth quarter. Forward Chris Bosh complained afterward, "If I wanted to get booed, I'd go on the road."
Then, the Raptors went on the road and lost to Oklahoma City, ending the Thunder's 11-game losing streak. Chances are, Raptors fans were booing the team from Canada on that night, too. (Side note: I know wins have been rare in Oklahoma City, but was it necessary to drop orange and blue streamers from the rafters after beating the Raptors? C'mon.)
Toronto has failed to reach 100 points in each of its past five games. It doesn't help that Chris Bosh is in a severe shooting slump. Over that span, he has averaged just 18.6 points on 33 percent (28 of 84) shooting.
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