The “I laugh at the second game of a back to back”edition:

Barbosa: we got the W, but I still feel the need to ask where the hell he went in the second half. Yes, DeMar was having a game, but as the lead shrunk, Leandro, who had a nice first half, sat on the bench and tried to make a mental note of all the celebrities in the house so he could text his brother afterward.

Bargnani: I want to befriend the guy just to have him buy my lottery ticket. Evidently someone has told him that the solid line at the court that he stopped at the last few years can actually be passed without penalty and, holy moly, you have an easier time scoring!!! You can bet the usual doubters will be out with pitchforks at his first poor game, but lets enjoy the silence and the ride until then.

Butler: stone cold!! stone cold!! stone cold!! This guy beat you up, stole your lunch money, went to Harlem, bought a mixtape and a 40, came back, stole your girl, and is now rocking a fedora, a cane, and a fur coat as he gets a great return on his investment, just like Colangelo. Long time coming…for both him and your girl.

Calderon: the stinger he felt in his neck last night came back tonight, but only from watching the missiles being launched from downtown courtesy Douglas, Anthony and anybody else in white. He was a point shy of a double double which, for a PG playing 43 minutes, should be almost automatic.

Carter: you want a line to be proud of?  5 mins, 4pts, 4rebs, 3 asts. In that short amount of time he showed he was comfortable in knowing where guys were going to be and how to get them the ball. He certainly didn’t look like a guy who has had just over a week with these guys on the floor.

Davis: it was Ed’s girl that Rasual stole. He is trying harder than my girlfriend is to get me to look like some dude from some werewolf movie, but the one thing he and I have in common is we are coming out uglier in the end. Me physically, him in his game.

DeRozan: TMZ had the night of his young season tonight. None of that “let me just throttle up in the fourth” stuff tonight, baby. 7 of 13, 6 trips to the line, and enough bravado to have the ladies swoon.

A. Johnson: the first game where I was fearful of him fouling out before I needed a refill. He just made me fear the ref’s whistle from the outset. Sure enough, he picked up 5 but he never did get ejected. A few nice blocks, a silly turnover, and another night wondering what the hell that tattoo is.

J.Johnson: luckily we still had some confetti left from the other night, so I used it when James hit that corner 3 with enough wide open space in front of him that Donald Trump already had his assessors out there determining  how much he could get per square foot. Of course he followed that up with a quick shot that clanked like the Liberty Bell a few minutes later, but hell, he hit an important shot and looked like he had the weight of the world fall off his shoulders.

Magloire: from Howard to Chandler, the kid from Scarborough hasn’t had the easiest 2 nights in a row. Like last night, however, he earned some respect by hanging tough and actually matching Tyson’s rebound number with 10.  The Big Cat lives to see another day. I couldn’t be happier.

Driving the bus: DeMar DeRozan

Under the bus: Ed Davis

Theme of the Game:

  • Tinman

    Just  thought it was important to this team to get this W. The effort given on this road trip deserved to be rewarded.
    Kudo’s to coaches.

    • Nilanka15

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • Red Baron

    Character win! Great to see Raps rewarded for giving 110% in 3 road games in 4 nights against 3 above-average to good teams.  Bargs looked absolutely gassed out there in the 2nd half but still had the normal ice-water in his veins with a few late game daggers..I know it’s early on, but if they play this hard most nights this year, being a Raps fan won’t be half as painful as usual…

  • Adriiian

    Good W. Had us wondering there in the early 4th, thank god we didn’t let this one slip away.

  • Colonel_Hapablapp

    Comments from the Game:

    1. Rasual Butler…wow.  Did not see that coming.  More clutch than Melo.
    2. I tuned in with 2 minutes left in the 3rd, and immediately got scared when Jose took that charge for the offensive foul.  (Jose playing defence…yep 2012 is going down).  Then he promplty gives up the 3 (even though it missed), and in the montage at the end of the quarter, I saw him making a safety symbol (hands above his head and flat together) and trying to block someone’s three.  All is right in Raptor Land.
    3. I think it was Carter who on the final (or 2nd last one) was yelling “DON’T FOUL, DON’T FOUL” when someone tried to drive in before dishing it out.  Cause someone knows Casey’s gonna break a brotha for fouling in that situation.
    4. Casey looks like Evander Holyfield minus a fancy fedora.  Random yes.

    Overall, I’m happy.  I love the way we play.

  • leftovercrack

    And on Wednesday we play the Cavs at home. 3-3 here we come!

  • voy

    – that non-call on amir, late in the game, was bru-tal
    – is jose looking more and more like borat, or is it just me?
    – team needs to find another perimeter player who can create easy buckets (no rush, buts its painfully obvious)
    – I’m beginning to feel that my hatred for triano as a coach is becoming justified
    – the heavy minutes bargs and calderon are playing will be a concern as the season progresses (especially with the condensed schedule
    – tonight may be the first step the team takes towards learning to win; they seemed much more composed when NY made their run in the fourth

    • j bean

      That no call on Amir getting hacked with 1 minute left was atrocious.
      There is no way the ref didn’t see. I’d like to hear his explanation why he didn’t call it.

      • Nilanka15

        Leo mentioned it during the telecast, but Amir has the annoying habit of bringing the ball down to his waist when he’s in traffic. By doing so, he turns himself from a big man to a midget. Fundamentals Amir, keep the ball above your shoulders, jeeeez.

        • voy

          it was the possession where calderon passed to amir, open, initially, by at least 3ft under the NY basket.  Amir goes for the half layup / half dunk.  The NY player, directly from behind amir, intentionally slaps the back of amir’s hands pretty hard as there was a 90% chance (in my view) AJ was gonna finish the basket. The ball goes flying out of the basket. Amir is looking at the refs, hands in the air in disbelief.  The ref signals with his hands the block was all ball.  it was so brutal.  as the play unfolded, the ref had to either have thought “ok here comes (1) either a layup from amir (2) a foul from the NY knick player impossibly trying to close out 3ft before amir hits the layup or (3) the greatest defensive play ever in nba history.

          • Nilanka15

            Ah yes, I was thinking of a different play when Amir was stripped.

            As for that no call, it might’ve been a clean play.  Here’s the NBA’s rule on “incidental contact”

            “The hand is considered “part of the ball” when it is in contact
            with the ball, and contact with a player’s hand when it is in contact with
            the ball is not a foul.”

            Source: http://www.nba.com/features/misunderstoodrules_051128.html

            • p00ka

              I could be wrong but that’s true in all other instances except when shooting.

              • Nilanka15

                Yeah, I was looking for a stipulation that accounted for shot attempts, but couldn’t find anything.  Who knows…

  • Hound

    Nice Game Raps! 2-3 after only 1 home game and road games at Dirk, Superman and Melo. Not Bad. Keep it up guys, it was good to see. Demar got it going, Ed still in twilight zone. 

    Does anyone think we could get a top 15 in this draft for Ed? And a top 10 second round pick for Bayless? If so, we could have a line up of AB, JV, Harrison Barnes (5th pick, our lottery pick), Demar, Jose. Coming off the bench, Kabongo (15th pick, acquired for ED), Amir, Klieza, JJ, Quincy Acy (Our 2nd round pick). We would also have one more 2nd round pick (acquired for Bayless) and cash to pick up a free agent sf/pf. 

    What do you think? This would look good to me.

    • Nilanka15

      Draft picks have a tendency to be overvalued…especially the upcoming draft which is justly/unjustly considered the deepest draft since 2003. If teams are expecting to find franchise-changing players with the 15th pick (e.g. Kabongo…a.k.a the Canadian Chris Paul), then Ed Davis most likely won’t cut it.

      • ed davis

        why would you cut Ed Davis

        PG: KABONGO/CALDERON………..
        SF: …………/J JOHNSON/BUTLER
        SG: DeROZAN/S WEEMS/………..
        PF: BARGNIANI/ DAVIS/………….
        CF:JONAS V / AMIR JOHNSON/J MAGLORE/ALBI

        • Nilanka15

          I’m not cutting Ed Davis…

          • Hound

            What is ED’s trade value then? What is Bargs value and which one would you trade?

            • p00ka

              As much as I hope ED develops into a solid NBA player, trouble is that his current value is likely not worth a top 15 pick in the upcoming draft. I say that not knowing where some GMs heads are at, but most aren’t dumb. Bayless isn’t even worth a 2nd round pick right now. He’s on his 3rd team, in his 4th year and still hasn’t shown even decent backup PG skills yet. Unless there’s some huge turnaround, he’ll be out of the NBA after his current contract, IMO.

            • ed davis

              nether one will be treaded fact 40 points from that pos. we can be 8 or 9 deep let them grow to gether

            • Nilanka15

              I don’t know who I’d trade either for, but it’s fair to say that Bargnani’s trade value is higher than Davis’s.

              • AB7.38pt.on.cb4

                HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!

                REALLY ????????

                DUDE

            • rapsallsay

              None… BUT if there was an feasible oppourtunity to grab a good piece
              then ED…

        • rapsallsay

          I wouldn’t have JM or SA here…. We can do much Better….

  • hotfuzz

    I cannot, for the life of me understand why melo took that 3 with so much time left on the game clock. That shot bailed us out. BAD decision by him

    • Geoff

      Because the way he was playing tonight, 9 times out of 10 he’d make it.

      • p00ka

        A 32% career avg from beyond the arc doesn’t  translate to 90%

        • Geoff

          If you could read properly you’d see that I started my post with “Because the way he was playing tonight” which means he was on fire, and nailed shots at will. Get it now?

          For the record he was 44% from 3 tonight, but according to you that wouldn’t make sense because his 32% career avg doesn’t translate to 44% lolol…

          • p00ka

            Oh I see, you were talking about because how he was playing tonight. I get it. 13/31 overall and 4/9 3 pointers means you would expect that he’d make 9/10 3 pt attempts. That makes perfect sense. Shame on me for pointing out that history says he’s not all that good a 3 point shooter to ever claim one should expect 9/10 from him.

            • Geoff

              Thanks for taking everything literally.Ever heard of an hyperbole? Take a second to Wiki it, don’t worry I’ll wait.

              No wonder everyone thinks you’re such a pretentious douche. 

              • p00ka

                Sometimes being a pretentious douche is the best way to respond to a pompous jackass making a stupid rebuttal to a valid point.

                • Geoff

                  That’s called talking to yourself. Get help.

            • ed davis

              maybe Melo gets to take some of the shots that Stat would have taken

        • ed davis

          the season has just started and mybe Melo has been working on his three pointers this past off-season and wanted to test it out and who did he try it out on?

    • Nilanka15

      Melo is another one of those players who’s overvalued because he scores a lot of points…

      • ed davis

        and another thing is i don’t think that STAT want to be the #2 man behind MELO i think he liked it better before Melo came

        • Nilanka15

          STAT would be the #3 man if Chris Paul ever landed in New York…

  • Kelsie Mcpherson

    Some fans want this team to lose a ton of games and get a high draft pick to imrove their talent. Some fans want the GM to make trades or sign players to try and better their fortunes right now.

    No matter what any fan wants, the most important thing that most can hopefully agree on, is that the team is developing an identity and it is something that is LONG overdue.

    Mitchell developed a team identity but it was the “we’ll outscore you and get ours” mentality which is entertaining but not conducive to real winning. Casey has his team focused on the defensive end even though he only has a few naturally defensive minded players.

    To me, none of these wins or losses matter as much as Casey establishing the right mentality, playing ball the right way, and  it’s been great for me to see this change so far.

  • knickz

    i liked the fact we won because i hate the knicks, but i thought we were in tank mode?lol

    • Stikz

      Tank mode is the default setting. I`m just kidding. Great game for the raps, showing character in not folding down the stretch. Crappy call on Amir, had my heart in my mouth.

      I don`t mean to be an Ed Davis hater, but the poor guy looks clueless.

      • nottheendoftheworld

        Let’s just pause and realize that Ed has played all of 5 seconds in the NBA after only 1 year of NCAA. He’s got a new coach, new defensive scheme, and some new team mates on the second line. He’s got toughness, poise, and a real nose for the ball, especially on the offensive side, not to mention NBA pedigree. I say we give it 5 seconds before we trade him for a pick and start over. Again.

        • nottheendoftheworld

          Not to pick you out Stikz, 
          I chose your post to respond to because your comment was reasonable.

          • Stikz

            I think the bar has been set too high on Davis because he was so hyped going into UNC and with injuries and all he never really developed into the player everyone projected him to be. My issue with Davis is that we’ve already gone down the road of having an undersized power forward with Bosh. For all Bosh’s flaws, he was a good player with great athleticism for a big, which made up for his lack of size. Ed is not Bosh. Ed doesn’t have the athleticism, nor any semblance of an offensive game. His game at the moment is solely driven by hustle and desire and if he’s not putting out both every minute he’s on the court then he’s a liability, at least offensively. Because of him being a high draft pick, a lot of people expect that he is going to develop into a legitimate force, but unless he puts on 50 pounds of muscle or develops a handle and a jumper his ceiling is basically JYD. I don’t advocate trading him and starting over, i just think people need to stop expecting greatness or even too much statistical growth from last year out of him. This is just my opinion from watching him and i would obviously love to be wrong.

  • Tinman

    Next stretch is interesting.
    Cavs, Nets, Sixers, Minny, Wash and Sacramento. A couple of lottery teams in the mix.
    Looking to win 4 of next 6 and to have a good idea of where this team i9s headed.

    • ed davis

      Cavs.Nets and Wlz should be wins

  • knickz

    as the biggest calderon fanboy in the world,  it was kinda painful watching douglas drain those 3’s, but he hid that against rondo also

    • Tinman

      No
      The kid got hot for a minute and a half.

  • FAQ

    How do you spell “collapse”???  R-A-P-T-O-R-S..!!!!

    Both Bargs and Jose deserve to play on a better team, and that may happen if BC decides to blow up the remnants of this pathetic excuse of a team.

    Bargs and Jose are the only real trade assets, and BC will have to give up these proven veterans to fill the ridiculous  Raptors with lots of first and second round upcoming draft picks….. because as it is now, the team is a total dud.

    2-64

    • Red and White

      Knicks Fan?

    • Colonel_Hapablapp

      He saw the “North Korean” version of the game.  Everyone knows Kim Jong-Il was a Knick fan…

    • p00ka

      This clown is trying his lamest with repeatedly saying we gotta trade bargs and jose.

      • p00ka

        *lamest baiting*

    • Marlon

      Your life must suck… all you do is complain even when we get a good win against a good team.

      • rapsallsay

        lol… I don’t know about the guys life, lol, but you;re right about the negativiy… it’s just being a hater… don’t worry about it!

    • rapsallsay

      Oh really… Ok…. Pathetic? Dud? You won’t be saying that if we make the playoffs… What would you do with this team?

  • Red and White

    Raps got a hard won victory today.  Though we did collapse, our D was never really that off.  Our interior D was amazing.  It looked to me like Casey’s plan was to force them to shoot from beyond the arc, and boy did it work.  35 threes any night means you forced em to shoot.

    Great win for the Raps.  It is important for this team to win a bit so the young guys do not get discouraged.

    As for Butler…dayum.

  • j bean

    That was thoroughly enjoyable. The Raptors play a heavily favored Knicks team and hold them off down the stretch when everyone is thinking another collapse is inevitable. 

  • p00ka

    The W is good for the boys’ spirits, but win or lose, ya gotta like where Casey’s going with this team and how Bargnani is playing. What was all that “he is what he is” crap that I hope a few are getting reading to swallow? There’s a light at the end of the tunnel finally.

    • P00ka_is_a_fish

      Bargnani is what he is, a scorer NOTHING MORE! I still need to see more from him. 5 games is a small sample when comparing to 5 seasons.

      • p00ka

        With that tag, you’re a coward, NOTHING MORE, that he doesn’t have to prove anything to.

        • p00ka_is_a_fish

          Fanboy you getting sensitive boo hoo.

      • rapsallsay

        Yes, but were ARE getting a sample…. You’re telling me what he’s doing right now isn’t good enough? I what are your REALISTIC expectations from him, especially from what you know/seen of him…??

    • Statement

      I am very happy with how Bargnani is playing.  This obviously doesn’t excuse the past 5 years, but what’s done is done.

      I hope he keeps it up.

      • p00ka

        Yup, there’s no cure for the past, but focusing on the rear view mirror and bashing the guy who’s driving the bus very well right now (not you, but as some are intent to do), just doesn’t make any sense. I’m no more wanting to anoint the guy after 5 games than anyone else, but give credit where credit is due, not where it isn’t due, as in ED whose the only one stealing minutes from himself, or DD whose game doesn’t seem to have progressed at all, despite hitting a few more 3s with the same bad mechanics. I don’t know if any of the young players ever read this stuff, but if they see fans constantly bitching about the guy who they know is working his tail off and doing by far the most to contributing to whatever success they’re having driving down the current road, why would they want to stick around this team and work at taking their turn at the wheel? If I’m any of those young guys, and i read much of the stuff thrown out by “fans”, I’m thinking get my ass out of here as quickly as possible so I can play somewhere the fans appreciate a 26 year old that’s by far the best player on the team. End of rant.

        • ed davis

          so don’t bash Melo on his threes (%)

          • p00ka

            What? You’re referring to another discussion, but I’m not here, or anywhere, to either bash or support Melo or the Knicks. The discussion you’re referring to I was stating a fact in support of someone’s post that Melo’s rushed 3 last night was not a wise move by him.

          • rapsallsay

            What? he can shoot 3’s all day if he wants…

        • Nilanka15

          I highly doubt Raptor fans are any more critical of their team, than other NBA fan bases.

      • rapsallsay

        Thank you for translating what i’m trying to say.

  • j bean

    I love this compact 66 game schedule. Another game Wed.

    • Nilanka15

      Lol, i was thinking the same thing. As a fan, this compressed schedule is great.

  • Simonkinglaw

    HAHAHAHA you are on your game tonight dude! funny shit.

  • JohnnyWalker

    Great win, and believe me when I say that Knicks fans were absolutely cheeeeeeesed after this loss lol.

  • AB7.38pt.on.cb4

    Raptors (2) – Haters (3)

    • Nilanka15

      WTF are you talking about?!?!?

      • cesco

        Maybe he is trying to say that had the wishes of the you-know-who haters had been fulfilled , the Raps would be 0-5 or 1-4 at best ? .

        • Nilanka15

          If he’s referring to the folks who are in favour of tanking, then he couldn’t be more wrong by calling them “haters”.

          Whether you agree with tanking or not, the people who suggest it, do so with the Raptors’ best interests in mind.  Why would “haters” want this team to succeed in the future with a top draft pick? 

          The dude makes no sense, which again begs the question, WTF is he talking about?!?!?

          • AB7.38pt.on.cb4

            Raptors fanboy (2) – Haters WTF dudes (3)

            And still counting

            • Nilanka15

              Raptor fans (5) – Trolls (0)

            • Statement

              Sooo…the haters WTF dudes are beating the Raptors? 

              The haters WTF dudes are winning 60 % of their games, which translates into roughly 40 wins in a 66 game schedule….a solid 2nd round team, at least.

              Go WTF Haters!

          • cesco

            Fine if you prefer to be called by a different name . The fact is that Andrea is currently the team best player (seconded by Jose) . Every GM at this stage will act as BC does ( keep improving now , the draft is deep in talent ) . Remember Oden , Milicic or Rondo found in the lower draft ? .

            • Nilanka15

              This thread has nothing to do with Bargnani.

            • Nilanka15

              Why do wins somehow justify Bargnani fans’ opinions, and why do losses do the opposite? 

              Please don’t respond unless you can explain this nonsensical score keeping.

            • Statement

              How about the first five years of his career, when he was the worst player on the team?

              Seriously dude, I like that he is playing well, but don’t just start trolling to piss people off.

            • Statement

              Bargs is playing well.

              All it took was 3 coaching changes…losing an olympic player and falling out of the playoff picture.

              HURRAAHH!!

              • Nilanka15

                ROTD!

  • AB7.38pt.on.cb4

    Rasual Batler : Has the condom expired yet  ?[ref roll call 1st jan vs Magic]  

  • sangaman

    thre raps win is even more impressive when one considers they are playing the Knicks and the refereees. That home call on Amir was one of the worst I have ever seen.  Without a recognized superstar and outside the limelight the Raps are doomed to be on the wrong side of calls more often than opponentsr. Little wonder teams are mounting comebacks…how many were started and sustaained by bad calls? 

  • sangaman

    Who said Bargs doesnt make 4th quarter clutch buckets?

  • c_bcm

    Great time to get a much needed win for this group. I’ll never deny that they earned this one. But lets be clear that New York is a completely different team with Stoudemire on the court. The only difference between the Knicks (without Stoudemire) and the Nets is that Melo can take over a game a bit better than DWill. But really this game amounted to a blown lead a against a team not that much better than the Nets. So my optimism is muted a bit. Gotta stop blowing those leads.

    All that being said, it was a fun game to watch. Much deserved win.

    • Stikz

      Even without Stoudemire, the Knicks are still more talented than the Raps. I don’t really understand the point of pointing out that the Knicks were undermanned. The Raps can only play whoever shows up for the games. I don’t think anyone here is expecting the Raptors to consistently beat teams that are better than them. All most Raptors fans expect is consistent effort and measured growth by the players. They won the game, period. There are no points for degree of difficulty and there’s no column in the standings for wins against teams without their stars.

    • p00ka

      It’s not a “blown lead” when they never lost the lead and won the game. Basketball is always a game of runs and though the Knicks came back and reduced the lead, the Raps always kept it.