Saturday , Dec , 12 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Chris Bosh and Toronto Raptors must ‘Sweat The Technique’

The message was simple: trust us. After a miserable 2009, the club was trying to convince fans several roster changes would produce a force – like the legendary New York rapper Rakim – to contend with. Following a blow-out loss at home to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday evening, the Raptors should ‘Sweat the Technique’. Profusely, in fact …


Chris Bosh and Toronto Raptors must 'Sweat The Technique'In October, the Toronto Raptors released a commercial with players, fans, and dancers performing to Rakim’s Don’t Sweat the Technique.

Their message was simple: trust us.  After a miserable 2009, the club was trying to convince fans several roster changes would produce a force – like the legendary New York rapper Rakim – to contend with.

Following a blow-out loss at home to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday evening, the Raptors should ‘Sweat the Technique’. Profusely, in fact.

To be fair, Toronto had won three of their past four before yesterday’s tilt. However, their worst loss of the season came on December 2nd when they surrendered an atrocious 146 points to Joe Johnson and his Hawks.

Last night was the Raptors’ chance at redemption, a chance to send a message to that same Atlanta squad, and a chance to show the home fans they had turned the corner after their recent losing streak and could compete with the powers in the East.

What transpired was disappointing, to say the least. After an even first quarter, the Hawks broke the game open late in the half and never looked back. The difference: Atlanta defended, Toronto, once again, did not.

With a 10-15 record, the season is at a crossroad. Currently, they’re a game back of the final playoff spot, but their next three matches are against the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic.   

All are formidable, so 10-18 or 11-17 is a real possibility. Then the hole to climb from just to make the playoffs would be very deep. Without a playoff race, questions about the future and Chris Bosh’s pending free agency would become overwhelming.

At a minimum, they must win two of the next three. An extended run wouldn’t hurt, either. Not surprisingly, change starts on defense. After conceding 117 and 111 points in their last two games, the Raptors have to get stops.

If Toronto starts defending and rattles off a winning streak, fans will be singing a very different Rakim tune called Guess Who’s Back? 

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